Louise Redknapp discusses 'low point' after marriage split
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Louise Redknapp, 46, had revealed that competing in Strictly Come Dancing gave her a “false sense of security” ahead of her split from ex-husband Jamie Redknapp, 47. She also admitted feeling concerned about returning to her “normal life” after her departure from the exciting and challenging TV series.
The former Eternal band member took part in the BBC show in 2016 and was partnered with Kevin Clifton.
During her stint on the programme, in which she reached the final, the mum-of-two decided she no longer wanted to be a “Stepford wife” and regained her passion for music and performing.
However, Louise has now appeared to suggest she was let down by some of her co-stars on Strictly.
She divulged in her new book You’ve Got This: “The thing that Strictly gave me was a false sense of security.
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“There is an energy around the show that makes you feel invincible.
“I felt like certain people had my back, and, in hindsight, this wasn’t really the case.”
Hinting at her personal struggles after the show, Louise added: ”I was so scared about going back to normal life and losing what I’d achieved on the show.”
Louise and her husband of 18 years Jamie shocked fans when they ended their marriage a year after she appeared on Strictly.
The star recently admitted she has some regrets over how things ended with the former Liverpool footballer, as they didn’t have a proper discussion about their split and the reasons behind it.
She recalled in her book: “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 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.
“I wish I’d tried. I want to say to anyone 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.
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“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.”
Elsewhere, Louise also candidly spoke about the “darkest” period of her life in a new interview.
The Stretch hitmaker admitted that she wanted to post pictures of her sons Charley and Beau on social media, purely to prove they were with her.
Louise said: “I think most probably that was my all time low point when I read that I had left my family home for fame and walked out on my kids.
“And I say in the book, the reality was me and the kids were sleeping on blow up beds in my mum’s living room.”
“And obviously they were back and spent time with their dad also, but yeah, that was the most hurtful thing to read because, being a mum is my biggest achievement in life.
“And I live for my kids,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live last week.
“But for me, I think that was probably my darkest times, because I made a really strong pact with myself,” she went on to admit to the show’s host Nihal Arthanayake.
“I vowed to myself that I would never prove, or feel the need to prove to other people that I’m a good mum and my kids come first,” she added.
Louise is appearing on Sunday Brunch this morning at 9.30am on Channel 4.
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