Louise Redknapp on leaving Jamie and how Strictly gave her confidence

Louise Redknapp thanks Daisy Lowe for supporting her 'when I needed it most'

Louise reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 with Kevin Clifton

Louise Redknapp has broken her silence on the marriage rumours surrounding her and husband Jamie - admitting the pair are living apart while she focuses on herself and her career.

Louise Redknapp has spoken of her new lease of life since taking part in Strictly Come Dancing and regaining her confidence.

"He's gutted about what's happened", claims a source close to the couple. All I know is this is something I need to do... for me, ' she added.

The former singer is set to star as Sally Bowles in a touring production of Cabaret this December, marking Louise's first show in 15 years. "Sometimes I felt like crying because deep down inside me this voice was screaming, 'This is what I have been missing!'" The former Eternal singer has revealed how former Strictly co-star Daisy Lowe boosted her self-esteem and made her feel sexy, which also prompted her desire to start performing again. It's unfair to suggest he didn't allow her to pursue her dreams.

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Elsewhere in the interview, Louise admitted that she nearly turned down the opportunity to appear on Strictly because she had become so used to her routine of looking after her and Jamie's two sons, 12-year-old Charley and nine-year-old Beau.

"He was totally supportive of her decision to do Strictly", added the source.

The star admitted: 'She kept on at me to wear something sexy and by week three, I was in a leotard and tights not feeling self-conscious at all.

She also said that signing up to Strictly was "the most selfish thing I have done since my kids were born".

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The mum-of-two said she was ready to return to the spotlight after becoming a "sort of Stepford wife", looking after her family while Jamie's career skyrocketed, The Mirror reports.

Louise, who said the hardest part was moving out while still being in love, said: 'He's an unbelievable man and we've had 20 good years together.

'People might think I've got everything but a sweeping staircase and designer handbag doesn't do it for me. "No one could understand why it was so desperately important to me", she said.

His stoic outing at Sunday's sport event came after his wife Louise admitted she has "no idea what is going to happen" after moving out of the family home in Surrey for feeling like "a Stepford Wife".

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She said it was only when she signed up for Strictly previous year that she realised that she wanted to go back to performing and felt "physically sick" at the thought of not doing so.

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