Louise Redknapp admits she regrets not having ‘tried harder’ to save her marriage to ex-husband Jamie

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“I just ran – until it’s too late!” Louise Redknapp admits she regrets not having ‘tried harder’ to save her marriage to ex-husband Jamie and thinks she ‘screwed things up’

  • His admission came in a very candid interview in Sunday’s You magazine.
  • Louise, 46, said: ‘Before anyone could stop me I just ran, as fast as the wind would take me. I never looked back, until maybe too late ‘
  • She and Jamie married in 1998, breaking up in 2018
  • She admitted in the same interview that she had considered ‘walking past a bus’ amid her marital woes
  • Only the prospect of leaving her sons forced her to put her thoughts aside

Louise Redknapp admitted that she had “ run away ” from her 21-year marriage to ex-husband Jamie and wished she had “ made more effort ” to save him.

In a candid conversation with You magazine, Louise, 46, detailed her feelings about the split, three years later.

After rediscovering her love for herself after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing, the singer admitted, “ I didn’t want to lose so many good feelings. Before anyone could stop me, I just ran, as fast as the wind would take me. I never looked back, until maybe too late.

“ I should have paused for a minute and thought about other people and just had a little more time to figure out why I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. All I know is I wish I had tried [to save the marriage]”.

She added, “I want to tell anyone who’s considering running, ‘Slow down. Do not run. Because once you run too fast, you can’t regain the ground you’ve lost.

“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 silent.

Louise also admitted that she ‘screwed things up’. Speaking of her return to the stage after the divorce, she said: ‘I don’t think I would have been in the West End or done a new album if I maybe hadn’t f * * ked things. There is a part of you that thrives in the fight, to make you who you are.

Split: In a candid conversation with You magazine, Louise, 46, detailed her feelings about the split, three years later

Split: In a candid conversation with You magazine, Louise, 46, detailed her feelings about the split, three years later

Louise explained that she was so tormented by her breakup that she was considering ending it all by stepping out in front of a bus.

But the prospect of leaving her sons Charley, now 16, and Beau, now 12, motherless has forced her to brush aside her thoughts of suicide.

Recalling her turmoil, she said: ‘I would be in central London watching the buses go by and wondering if it would be easier for a bus to get me out.

“ All it would take was for me to go out at the wrong time and it would be all over. ”

Louise said: 'I should have stopped for a minute and thought about other people and just had a little more time to figure out why I felt like I couldn't do it anymore.  All I know is I wish I had tried [to save the marriage]'

Louise said: ‘I should have stopped for a minute and thought about other people and just had a little more time to figure out why I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. All I know is I wish I had tried [to save the marriage]’

When asked if suicide was a real possibility, she replied: ‘I think so, for a split second. I thought to myself, “I really wish this was all gone.”

“But I have two little men who I know I need more of than anything. This is where my selfishness ends – when it comes to them.

“I remember looking at Selfridges and the buses and saying, ‘God, I have two people who need me, and these are the loves of my life, so …’ That’s the only thing that got me. allowed to continue. Them and my mother.

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