Louise Redknapp may have been called ‘selfish’ for walking away from her 19-year marriage to former footballer Jamie – but official court documents state that the breakdown in the relationship was down to his behaviour.
The couple, who were married in 1998 and made their split official in October this year, have allegedly divorced today, in a hearing that lasted a brief 25 seconds… and the reason was cited as his unreasonable behaviour.
A decree nisi was issued at the Central Family Court in London with the court documents stating:
“The Petitioner Louise Redknapp has sufficiently proved the contents of the petition herein and is entitled to a decree of (divorce), the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent’s (Jamie’s) unreasonable behaviour.”
The documents added: “The respondent (Jamie) has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent.”
While it is unknown what ‘unreasonable behaviour’ exactly Jamie exhibited, the former Liverpool player didn’t appear to oppose the grounds stated.
When Louise admitted to the separation in autumn she hinted at having gone through a difficult personal time, saying that she felt like “a sort of Stepford Wife” and she was hoping to “come back to who I really am”.
While these divorce revelations suggest a rather sour ending to the relationship, it is thought that the pair will reach amicable terms over custody of their sons, Charley, 13, and Beau, nine.
And moments before the divorce was finalised, Louise was snapped out and about in Liverpool with her wedding ring still very much visible on her hand.
But Louise doesn’t seem to be letting the strain of a divorce get her down.
Last night she was seen enjoying herself and performing for guests – including Frankie Bridge and Mollie King – at a friend’s wedding.
The girls were caught on camera letting their hair down at the wedding of Strictly choreographer Jason Gilkinson and his partner James.
Louise seemed in high spirits as she sang for the guests with a number of tracks, including her hit 1996 song Naked.