Louise Redknapp opens up on life post divorce: ‘I’ve had to change, I’ve had to be okay’

She divorced husband Jamie Redknapp at the beginning of 2018 after almost 20 years of marriage and following the release of her fourth album Heavy Love, Louise Redknapp tells OK! her song writing has been a much-needed vehicle for her emotions.

She admits: "I’d say the album is pretty personal but in an upbeat way. When I first said I was making an album, everyone expected doom and gloom but it’s not. It’s really stand up, show up, keep on moving forward. There’s a few songs that may be a little bit more sad but not many, it’s quite a positive message. It’s a real upbeat and confident, positive album.

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"The song Not The Same, is quite upbeat with a gospel choir but when you listen to the words you go 'wow, that’s actually quite sad'. I think heartbreak creates magical music, unfortunately, not saying that I want to experience any! To me music is a definite outlet. It was a way of putting my feelings down on paper without having to say too much. I think that also, it’s the one area in life you can talk about that you know that pretty much everyone else is going to be able to relate to in some way."

Louise and Jamie divorced at the beginning of 2018, amid reports that her 2016 stint on Strictly Come Dancing was the catalyst for their split.

Louise recently explained: "I was a bit lonely. My kids were getting bigger and Jamie was very busy. He had a very, very full life and I was just going, 'Well, what’s next for me?'"

But it's clear the pair are on good terms when it comes to co-parenting their sons Charley, 15, and Beau, 11, as she opens up about them sharing their dad's passion for football.

She says: "They both love their sport. The big one loves his rugby and the little one loves his football. They both love music actually. The young one loves dancing and singing as well but football’s taking priority, so Dad’s winning at the moment. I get really worried watching the rugby because they’re all pushing each other to the floor and it’s scary.

"I love it though. I get right stuck in on the sidelines, in the group of screaming mums! I won’t miss it. Sometimes the whole family goes to support him and watch it. Jamie does a lot of the football so I always opt to go to the rugby, so then we’ve got both covered."

To read the full interview, pick up a copy of this week's magazine, out nationwide on Tuesday.

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