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Jamie Redknapp wasn’t ‘uncomfortable’ with Strictly curse jokes after Louise Redknapp divorce


Louise and Jamie Redknapp’s split was plagued with claims of the Strictly curse (Picture: WireImage)

Jamie Redknapp wasn’t too bothered by all the quips his marriage was affected by the so-called ‘Strictly curse’ following his divorce from wife Louise Redknapp. 

The former Liverpool footballer was married to the Eternal singer for 18 years until they announced their separation in 2016. 

Rumours that their marriage was on the rocks emerged as Louise competed on Strictly Come Dancing alongside her professional partner Kevin Clifton

While Louise vehemently denied a romantic connection with Kevin, it didn’t stop jokes about the notorious Strictly curse, a term which gathered momentum over the years as celebrity contestants often split with their dance partners after appearing on the BBC One show. 

Jamie, 47, was particularly subjected to mocking on A League Of Their Own thanks to his co-hosts Freddie Flintoff, James Corden and Jack Whitehall dishing out the jokes. 

Speaking to Ireland’s Sunday Independent, the retired footballer said: ‘Of course, Freddie and I get some stick but there’s nobody who gives it and can’t take it. I’ve never really felt uncomfortable with a joke. I’ve been in football dressing-rooms since I was 11 years of age and there was always a lot of slagging. 

‘I was in the Liverpool dressing-room with Ray Houghton, John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan. If you can handle that, you can handle A League of Their Own.’ 

Louise and Jamie share sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 11 (Picture: David Tarling)

Over the past few months, Jamie has been busy homeschooling his youngest son Beau, 11, who he shares with Louise, while their eldest son Charley, 16, remained his mother in lockdown. 

‘I have to be honest. I’m so glad that they went back to school this week. It was one of the greatest days of my life,’ Jamie admitted. 

‘They need the structure. It’s unprecedented times, we never had to go through anything like what they’re going through. I have a 16-year-old starting sixth form and an 11-year-old starting a new school and for them to be off for six months, that’s tough,’ he continued. 

Earlier this year, Louise opened up about her devastating split from Jamie after almost two decades and said it was the ‘toughest thing’ she’s ever experienced. 

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