Louise breaks si­lence over her ‘hard times’ with Jamie

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Gil­lian Craw­ley

LOUISE Red­knapp ad­mit­ted yes­ter­day to “hard times” in her marriage to ex-foot­baller Jamie Red­knapp and said that step­ping back into the lime­light in Strictly Come Danc­ing kept her going.

Louise, 42, reached the final of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion and re­vived her ca­reer after spend­ing 12 years as a full­time mother to sons Charley, 13, and Beau, eight.

The former singer with girl band Eternal is about to start a na­tion­wide tour in a stage pro­duc­tion of Cabaret.

But she and Jamie, 44, have been dogged by ru­mours that the at­ten­tion and new-found con­fi­dence that she found through Strictly cre­ated fric­tion in their 19-year marriage.

Op­por­tu­nity

She said: “I think it’s been so heav­ily doc­u­mented. Of course we all go through hard times.

“My pri­or­ity and his pri­or­ity are our chil­dren – pro­tect­ing them and keeping as much of it as pri­vate as pos­si­ble, lov­ing them and putting them first. That’s re­ally what we’re fo­cus­ing on.”

Louise in­sisted that Strictly and her star­ring role as night­club singer Sally Bowles – the part made fa­mous by Liza Min­nelli – has been good for her.

She added: “‘I’ve been be­ing at home for 12 years, be­ing a mum. Going back to work has been a real saviour for me.

“Do­ing Strictly does some­thing to you – going back on stage ev­ery night, get­ting the op­por­tu­nity again.

“Be­cause you never know – in this business op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come along so you have to hope.

“To have the op­por­tu­nity to work and be out there – I’m lov­ing do­ing that.”

Louise said her stage role is daunt­ing. “The nerves don’t go,” she said. “It has en­light­ened my love of per­form­ing.”

The Red­knapps’ marriage re­port­edly broke down in July. She was seen at a al­ways Jamie Red­knapp and wife Louise pic­tured in Ber­lin last year. It has been sug­gested that her Strictly fame put a strain on their marriage, which is re­ported to have bro­ken down in July this year number of glam­orous events with model Daisy Lowe, 28, who she met on Strictly.

Then Louise took her sons on hol­i­day in Mal­lorca while her hus­band stayed in London film­ing a new se­ries of TV panel show A League Of Their Own.

And fans re­cently spot­ted that Louise had been cropped out of her hus­band’s pro­file pic­ture on In­sta­gram.

Pic­tures: KEN McKAY/REX

Louise Red­knapp was all smiles talk­ing about her new stage role in Cabaret yes­ter­day

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