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Louise Redknapp and Jamie Redknapp
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Louise and Jamie Redknapp have formally divorced after 19 years of marriage.
The couple have officially ended their marriage, which lasted nearly two decades, after a judge granted them a divorce at the Central Family Court in London today.
According to official paperwork, Louise was the one who filed for divorce, citing Jamie’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’ as the cause for the split.
During the hearing, which lasted just 25 seconds, the judge held that Louise could not ‘reasonably be expected’ to live with her husband after the way he behaved, and that their marriage had ‘broken down irretrievably’.
Neither Louise or Jamie were present in court when the judge formalised the end of their marriage, which will be dissolved in six weeks.
However, the pair still need to agree on custody of their two sons, Charley, 13, and Beau, nine, in amicable terms.
Louise opened up about the split for the first time in October
‘I think that it has been so heavily documented and of course we all go through hard times,’ she told Eamonn Holmes on This Morning.
‘My priority and his priority is our children and protecting them and love them and putting them first and that’s what we are focusing on right now.’
In an interview with Telegraph’s Stella magazine in October, the pop singer confirmed the amicable split and revealed that even though they were living apart, she still loved him and they were still speaking every day and she was just taking time to focus on herself.
‘I’ve spent most my life pleasing everyone else. [Always] worrying about being judged and thinking I should always do the right thing by staying at home, looking after my kids and my husband. I lost myself’, she said at the time.
‘I became a sort of Stepford Wife, wanting to be perfect at it. It was only when I agreed to do Strictly that I realised I couldn’t go back to that.’