Louise Redknapp ‘thought about stepping in front of a bus’ after Jamie split
Louise Redknapp has emotionally opened up about her marriage breakdown and revealed that she was left feeling so low that she contemplated "stepping in front of a bus".
The former Eternal songstress and West End star, 46, confessed that she contemplated suicide for a split second after she and retired footballer Jamie Redknapp, 47, split.
The 9 to 5 The Musical star shared: "I would be standing in Central London, watching the buses whizz past and I would wonder whether it would be easier for a bus to take me out."
However, Louise shared that leaving sons Charley, 16 and Beau, 12, without a mother pulled her through her darkest of moments.
She continued to Mail on Sunday's You magazine: "I remember looking at Selfridges and the buses and being like, “God, I’ve got two people that need me, and they’re the loves of my life, so…” They’re the only thing that kept me going. Them and my mum."
Louise and Jamie split in 2017 shortly after she wowed the nation with her impressive stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
The pair, who were married for 19 years, met when Louise was at the peak of her music career and Jamie was playing as a Premier League footballer.
When the couple welcomed their two sons, Louise stepped back from the glare of the celebrity spotlight to raise their family.
She previously shared how Strictly gave her a new sense of self-confidence.
It also saw her reignite her music career, as she had stints in West End shows Cabaret and Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the Musical.
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She also toured the country performing new solo music material in small intimate gigs.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard in 2016, Louise shared: "Strictly has given me a new lease of life. I never went into it to get another job or to be more high-profile, I did it for me.
"People will say, ‘Oh yeah right,’ but that’s true. I am happy as a mum, I love being at home doing the odd job. I just wanted to do it for me.
"You realise as the weeks go on that people are voting for you. They are invested in you. That has given me a huge confidence boost. I’m now there on a Saturday night and I’m on stage and I have realised again how much I love performing. I’m dancing away with a huge smile on my face."
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