Louise Redknapp felt ‘lonely, anxious and unloved’ in her marriage to Jamie

Louise Redknapp and Jamie were together for 19 years before the news broke that the longtime couple had decided to split in 2018.

The choice to divorce came as a massive shock for many of their adoring fans especially as the pair share children Charles and Beau together.

Both were keen to stress the children were their priority as they went their separate ways.

Now in her new autobiography, Louise, 46, has shared details on how she felt being married to the professional footballer, and how things hadn’t been right between the once loved-up couple for a while.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star admitted that cracks began to show in the relationship as their career trajectories went in different directions.

Jamie’s football career took off and then when he became a pundit Louise says she struggled with her place.

In one passage of her new book, the TV personality shared: "For a long time, I ticked all the boxes of being the 'picture-perfect' wife.

"The truth? For a lot of that time, I actually felt lonely, anxious and unimportant."

Behind the scenes, Louise was also struggling and trying to cope with issues of self-doubt and depression on top of her long battle with OCD since her days in the girl band Eternal.

She talked about how her self-doubt was so intense that when she was in a room with her husband, she felt like all eyes were on her and people couldn’t understand why he would want to be married to her.

The tough reality of being married to a professional footballer is probably no secret to many in the industry, but the loneliness is a huge factor due to the nature of the job.

Players go away with their teams regularly, leaving their families often home alone as a result.

Louise went on to say that when Jamie transitioned into TV work, she felt like the "lesser party", and all she wanted was for them to be "equal".

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The star’s new autobiography also includes a lot of self-help tips for her fans, one of which is her advice to always "hold back a little bit of something, just for you".

The former Eternal band member firmly believes that in order for a marriage to last both parties should have their own passions, extra curricular activities, and time away from the other.

Fans can read the full story in her new book.

You've Got This And Other Things I Wish I Had Known is on sale tomorrow online from major bookshops.

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