Louise Redknapp has made no secret of the truth that her 2016 stint on Strictly Come Dancing contributed to the collapse of her marriage to Jamie Redknapp.
On the time, rumours flew about her shut friendship with skilled dancer Kevin Clifton, with many speculating the so-called ‘Strictly Curse’ had struck once more – claims each denied.
Their shut bond even noticed Jamie obtain a delicate ribbing from associates together with James Corden, Freddie Flintoff and Jack Whitehall.
On the time Louise, 46, stated: “I might see Jamie getting angrier and angrier with the jokes,” however insisted they discovered to chuckle off false hypothesis.
Within the early days of rehearsals, Louise – already mum to boys Charley, 16, and Beau, 12 – shared hopes that dancing with ‘fertility king’ Kevin may even assist her and Jamie have a longed-for daughter.
In spite of everything, his final two companions Frankie Bridge and Kellie Vibrant each fell pregnant shortly after the present.
“Perhaps he’s the great luck appeal I have to get that lady I really need,” Louise advised The Solar.
“Jamie would love one other child, I’m not getting any youthful so we’ll see what occurs. However I’m in Strictly form now so we’ll see.”
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In the long run although, the newborn plans have been deserted and divorce proceedings begun, with Louise explaining she’d been bitten by the performing bug and could not return to being a ‘Stepford Spouse’.
In the meantime, she and Kevin, 38, remained shut associates after the present ended.
The skilled dancer was rumoured to have choreographed the video to her comeback single, Stretch, and was noticed at a number of of her stay performances.
In 2018 – two years after they completed as runners-up within the hit BBC present – Kevin and Louise appeared nearer than ever.
They have been final pictured collectively in December that yr, when the singer was invited to affix Kevin and his mother and father for the Clifton’s Dance Academy Annual Christmas Ball in Grimsby.
Louise stated: “It was Kev’s mum and pop who requested me to come back once I final noticed them in the summertime. We went again within the coaching room and have had 4 hours of coaching to prepare!”
However the next month it emerged that Kevin was in a relationship together with his newest Strictly associate, Stacey Dooley. Louise and Kevin have been discovered to have unfollowed one another on social media and in 2019, she confirmed that they not converse.
She advised Fabulous journal: “I haven’t spoken to him for a very long time. Likely for the reason that present began [in 2018]. Not since final yr.”
“You attempt to keep up a correspondence with all people, but it surely’s a working setting and afterwards everybody goes and does their very own factor. So it isn’t in a foul approach and I want him all of the luck.”
Now, for the primary time, Louise has lifted the lid on their friendship, insisting that regardless of the chatter, all the pieces was purely platonic on the present.
“It might be unattainable to do a present like Strictly with out forming an expert friendship – you would not have the ability to dance nicely with somebody you hated; it might make the entire expertise totally depressing,” she explains in her new guide, You have Acquired This.
“It’s important to get pleasure from what you might be doing with the intention to do job, however that does not imply that there’s any extra to it than the dancing.”
Nonetheless, she was determined to maintain the rumours at bay and determined to keep away from tactile shows with Kevin out of respect for Jamie, acknowledging that she could have come throughout as ‘chilly’.
She continued: “I used to be scared. I had seen the headlines play out earlier than, and nobody is aware of whether or not what they’re studying is true or not. Even on the present itself once I walked down the steps after it was introduced that Kevin and I have been via to the following week, I all the time most popular to offer him a excessive 5 slightly than hug him.
“Within the Strictly world, I feel that got here throughout as fairly chilly, as everybody hugs, however I felt uncomfortable going past the easy excessive 5. It is a job, a job and a programme.”
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