Louise Redknapp's biggest regret over marriage breakdown

Natalie Cornish
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

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Louise Redknapp says she wishes she'd tried harder to save her marriage to her ex-husband Jamie.

The singer and TV star was married to footballer-turned-TV-pundit Redknapp for 19 years. They share two sons, Charley, 16, and Beau, 12. The pair announced they were separating in 2016, shortly after Louise appeared on Strictly.

In her new memoir, You’ve Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known, the former Eternal singer writes honestly about her struggles with stepping away from a high-profile career as a popstar to become a full-time stay-at-home mum.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

She explained: 'For a long time, I ticked all the boxes of being the "picture-perfect" wife. I smiled and said the right things at the right times and tried very hard to maintain that image and make everyone else happy ... For a lot of that time, I actually felt lonely, anxious and unimportant.'

In a new interview with The Irish Examiner to promote the book, Louise said that although a career break to have children was planned, she never expected it to go on for so long – and she 'lost' her 'confidence'.

'In my industry, you have to fight for what you want and believe in yourself because there are so many people who want the same thing. The more I didn’t do it, the more I felt left behind. Taking such a long break wasn’t planned,' she told the newspaper.

When Strictly came along in 2016, Louise rediscovered her 'self-confidence and self-belief' and found her 'sense of purpose' again.

In the book, she writes that this was also when she decided her marriage was over – and now regrets acting in haste: 'Before anyone could stop me, I just ran, as fast as the wind would take me. I never once looked behind, until maybe too late. I should have paused for a minute and thought about other people and had just a bit more time to work out why I felt I couldn’t do it any more.'

Now that five years has passed since the split, she has some advice for anyone thinking of ending their own relationship without talking to their partner about their concerns first:

'I want to say to anybody who is thinking of running: "Just slow down. Don’t run." Because once you run too fast, you can’t make up the ground you’ve lost. Stop, say what you need, say what you think, don’t be afraid to say what’s really going on. You don’t have to be quiet.'

You can read Louise's full interview with The Irish Examiner here.

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