When am I due a marriage sab­bat­i­cal?

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Ihope re­ports that Louise Red­knapp wants to rec­on­cile with her hus­band Jamie are true. I’ve met them to­gether and apart since the Cabaret star moved out of the fam­ily home – and they look far hap­pier to­gether. The 42-yearold has been char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hon­est about how trapped she felt as a full-time mother of two. Tak­ing a break from her marriage to recre­ate a ca­reer and be­ing “self­ish” has given Louise back her zest for life, she says – a claim that has prompted both out­rage and jeal­ousy. “I had no idea women were al­lowed to have midlife crises,” growled my friend.

I’m won­der­ing whether the whole thing was more of a “mar­i­tal sab­bat­i­cal” – which sounds far more ap­peal­ing than a midlife cri­sis. The only sab­bat­i­cal I’ve ever had was pro­fes­sional – and it kicked off with the nasty re­al­i­sa­tion that I wasn’t go­ing to get paid. But if I start saving up the money my hus­band gives me for the hoover­ing, I should be able to make a break for it in 2032.

Bet­ter to­gether: Jamie and Louise Red­knapp

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