Louise Redknapp has said that Jamie wanted to try for another baby when she finished her Strictly Come Dancing stint.
Speaking to The Telegraph’s Stella magazine this weekend, Louise hinted that their differences on expanding the family could have contributed to their split.
Louise – who shares two sons Charley, 13, and Beau, eight, (right) with the footballer – confirmed that the couple are now living apart after 19 years together, as she breaks free from a decade as a self-confessed ‘Stepford Wife’ to pursue her own career.
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Living apart: Louise Redknapp has revealed that her estranged husband Jamie had high hopes for a third child, when her stint on Strictly Come Dancing came to an end (here in April 2016)
Commenting on her life-changing turn on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, Louise said: ‘I was about to turn [the BBC] down again, but a friend of mine persuaded me to do it and – in a really shallow way – I thought it would help me lose a bit of weight.
‘Jamie agreed it would be a nice thing for me to do.’ (He also thought that once it was over they should try for a third),’ writes Louise Gannon.
A representative for Louise has been contacted by MailOnline for further comment.
Last week, during an appearance on This Morning, Louise insisted that their focus was on their two young sons during their separation.
Expanding the family? The couple shares sons Charlie (left) and Beau (right) but they have been back and forth about whether or not they would have a third child
No longer self-conscious: Louise has different ideas, and has now pushed on with a pursuit to reestablish her showbusiness career (here in October, on Strictly)
Space: Despite insisting that neither are pushing for a divorce currently, the 42-year-old Eternal singer admitted that she ‘needs’ to be apart from him whilst she reevaluates her life
‘Of course we all go through hard times and my priority and his priority are our children and protecting them and keeping as much of it as private as possible and loving them and putting them first. That’s really what we’re focusing on,’ she said.
Speaking to MailOnline in February, two months after Strictly ended, Louise established that a third pregnancy was certainly not on her agenda.
Lightheartedly, she explained: ‘I’m definitely not pregnant. I would really like to take the opportunity of learning the trade and getting back out there and turning it into an opportunity for me for work.’
‘A lot of women stop work and have their families, which is great and the most honourable job in the world.
‘At the same time, it’s great to do something for you. It’s so near to performing and what I’ve done in the past, it’s great to get out there and to learn something new and get better at it.’
Still got it: The mum-of-two admitted that her Strictly Come Dancing co-star and new BFF Daisy Lowe convinced her she was still sexy, encouraging her to show off her ‘gorgeous body’
In August, Now magazine similarly claimed that Jamie was trying to persuade Louise to have another baby, encouraging her to ‘slow down’ with her pre-Cabaret regime.
Louise met husband Jamie at the age of 19 and was engaged to him within a week, and they have now been married for 19 years.
She was diagnosed with fertility condition endometriosis in 2000, meaning it took four years to conceive eldest son Charley.
The common condition is characterised by tissue from inside the uterus growing on the outside.
During both of her pregnancies, chlasma – facial pigmentation – would knock Louise’s confidence even more.
In a chat with MailOnline in October 2016, she admitted that Jamie was still keen to try for a little girl but Louise was concerned that pregnancy might not be such plain-sailing for a third time.
No longer self-conscious: Louise revealed Daisy told her dress in a sexier fashion
Moving on: Louise has previously spoken about her troubles to conceive her two sons
‘It’s definitely something that we’ve spoken about and we’ll see what the future brings,’ she explained.
‘I couldn’t sit here and say, “I would absolutely love to have another child” or “I’m going to have another child” because I don’t know if that would ever happen.
‘If it doesn’t happen then I’m more than happy with my two boys and I couldn’t have even dreamed of having them – 13 or 14 years ago I never thought that would be possible.
‘To have two boys now is incredible, to have another one of course would be amazing.’
And, in reference to the former life that she now calls ‘the Stepford Wife’ Louise continued at the time: ‘I am really lucky – you can have a great day at work, no matter what you achieve but when I come home and I’m mum and I’m just Jamie’s wife, there’s nothing like it.’
Stepford Wife is in reference to the 1972 satirical thriller about submissive housewives in an idyllic neighbourhood which raises suspicion that the wives are really robots been created by their husbands.
This weekend, Louise also explained how it was her Strictly co-star and new BFF Daisy Lowe, who convinced her that she was still a sexy, independent woman.
Encouraging the mum-of-two to show off her ‘gorgeous body’ on the show, Louise said she regained body confidence when believed she needed to lose weight.
The former Eternal singer, 42, said she had an epiphany when Daisy, 28, walked into her dressing room when she was clad in a conservative number and told her she had too ‘gorgeous’ a body to cover up.
Pals: In a candid interview with The Telegraph the former Eternal singer, 42, said she had an epiphany when Daisy, 28, walked into her dressing room when she was clad in a conservative number (pictured above with professional dancer Karen Clifton)
Friendship: And the Cabaret star, said this combined with the heights of Strictly, gave her a new lease of life and made her realise how much she missed showbusiness
Return to showbiz: She said: ‘I could feel myself changing week by week’
Ringless: The same day Louise showed off her flexibility her husband Jamie was seen without his wedding ring for the second day in a row at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Cabaret star, said this combined with the heights of Strictly, gave her a new lease of life and made her realise how much she missed showbusiness.
Amid their marital woes, the songstress is said to be penning lyrics about the couple’s hardships.
A source told The Sun on Saturday: ‘If she does decide to release music again, she’ll have some heartbreaking, not to mention revealing, lyrics ready.’
They told the publication: ‘Louise has always kept on writing music lyrics, even before Strictly raised her profile.’
Former Eternal singer Louise is set to head on tour in December and will take to the stage for the first time in 15 years. It’s believed the starlet is nervous ahead of her upcoming gigs and has told pals she hopes they are ‘worth it’, as she has ‘sacrificed so much’ to perform again.
Leggy lady! Flashing her tanned and toned thighs, the mother-of-two seemed in great spirits as she performed a high kick whilst pouting for the camera
Bare hands: Jamie, 44, was pictured playing at the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland, on Friday and on Saturday without his wedding ring on
A welcome distraction? Jamie’s ring was off as he was pictured playing golf at the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland, on Friday
p class="imageCaption">Saying something? The former England midfielder’s appearance without a ring comes after wife Louise was pictured with her ring firmly on
Mingling: Jamie was playing a round with professional golfer Luke Donald and Hollywood actor Matthew Goode at the celebrity tournament
Bare hand: Jamie was not wearing his wedding ring at Saturday’s Huddersfield Town FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC match the day after wife of 19 years Louise admitted the couple are going through some ‘hard times’
Candid: Jamie’s outing came after his wife Louise, 42, appeared on Friday’s edition of This Morning, and candidly told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that she had gone through ‘hard times’ with her husband
Chirpy: Despite being caught in the midst of ‘hard times’, Jamie seemed in good spirits at the match as he did a stellar job covering the match and was seen laughing on the pitch
Split speculation: She said : ‘I think that its been so heavily documented we all go through hard times, my priority is our children, protecting them, loving them and that’s what we’re focusing on’ (pictured in March 2016)
Emotion: The former Eternal singer then spoke about the healing power of work on musical Cabaret as well as appearing on Strictly Come Dancing last year saying: ‘Going back to work is something that been a
saviour for me, Doing ‘Strictly…’ does something to you and going back on stage every night and getting the opportunity again – because you never know, in this business’
Still on: Chat:The star was wearing her wedding ring for the appearance, but she appeared to be hiding her left hand in her lap for most of the chat
Back to work: Speaking about the show she said: ‘It does make me nervous. The nerves don’t go, it gets harder, it enlightened my love of performing ‘I’ve been being at home for 12 years, being a mum’
Tips: She also gave Strictly contestant Ruth Langsford tips on how to handle her time on the dance show
Eagle-eyed fans recently noticed Louise had been cropped out of Jamie Redknapp’s Instagram profile picture.
Yet despite ‘quickie divorce’ claims, defiant Louise flaunted her wedding ring as she arrived at the New Wimbledon Theatre ahead of her Cabaret performance on Wednesday.
The outing came after it was revealed Louise does not feature in Jamie’s Instagram profile picture – despite the fact she is in the original snapshot.
Fans spotted that the retired footballer’s image is cropped not to show his wife, amid claims they are pursuing a ‘quickie divorce’.
Music: Eamonn also revealed he had done Eternal’s first interview 25 years ago
Claims: Louise finally broke her silence after months of speculation (above with Jamie in February 2016)
Louise had shared the original snap in 2015 – which was taken on a family holiday to Palma – captioned: ‘Palma nights #holiday #family #bestfriends x special times xxxx’
MailOnline have contacted Jamie and Louise’s representatives for comment.
Louise’s omission from Jamie’s profile snap was noticed by fans as she revealed plans for her Intimate & Live Tour 2018 after her first headline solo show sold out in under 10 minutes.
The songstress will be visiting Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London in January 2018, as she makes her pop comeback after 15 years away from the stage.
The former Eternal star said: ‘I went back into the studio to rework some of my original tracks and it reminded me that pop music was my first love.’
Full version: Louise had shared the original snap in 2015 – which was taken on a family holiday to Palm – captioned: ‘Palma nights #holiday #family #bestfriends x special times xxxx’
She added: ‘Performing is a part of me and I’m very excited to be announcing this show. I can’t wait to be back on stage performing all of the hits as well as a few of my favourite covers.’
Ahead of the tour, Louise has revealed reworked versions of some of her classic tracks, including Stay, originally released by Eternal in 1993.
The lyrics mention holding onto love – all the more significant amid claims that she is pushing for a ‘quickie’ divorce from her husband Jamie Redknapp.
Comeback: Louise released a brief clip of her new music video on Monday morning
In a snippet from her Stay music video, Louise was seen wearing her sparkling wedding ring in the clip as she belted out: ‘They say that love will come and go. But it’s indispensable to me. I really wanna be with you. What am I gonna do boy?’
In the recording, the mother-of-two is seen standing in a studio with a live band and backing singers, as she wears a loose-fitting olive green top with black leggings while belting out her distinctive vocals in front of a microphone stand.
It comes amid ongoing rumours of marriage woes between Louise and Jamie.
Sparkler: A she sings away in the seconds-long clip, she is seen sporting her wedding ring
According to the Sunday People, the singer and her footballer husband are ‘no closer to getting back together’, and want to call things off by the end of the year.
Louise’s 19 year-marriage to Jamie reportedly broke down in July, due to her new ‘lease of life’ following her appearance on Strictly.
Having been seen at a number of glamorous events with a host of pals in recent weeks, including model Daisy, the paper now reports that she is keen for a quickie divorce, in order to further embrace her independence.
A source told the Sunday People: ‘Louise wants to put steps in place to end her marriage to Jamie by the end of year.’
Claiming the pair had not managed to resolve their issues, the insider added: ‘They are no closer to getting back together since when they first split in July.
‘Louise now wants to agree a timetable with Jamie to bring the marriage to an end.’
Marital woes? Jamie, to whom Louise has been married for 19 years, is said to be pushing for a ‘quickie divorce’ from the footballer-turned-pundit