Louise Redknapp, 44, rose to fame as part of girl group Eternal. She went on to marry football star Jamie Redknapp, now 45, with whom she later welcomed two sons, Charley, 15, and Beau, 10. However, it seems the singer was rubbing shoulders with future celebrities in her younger years too as she recently revealed she went to school with Russell Brand, 44. During an appearance on Sunday Brunch last month, Louise called the comedian and writer “lovely Russell”, saying: “He was a very sweet…
“He used to write me a letter or a poem all the time and put it in my bag, at the end of my bag where I used to keep my tap shoes,” she giggled.
“I’m not even joking,” she added. “He used to write me a poem out days.
“He was very talented back then, I mean, we were like 13,” she laughed.
Louise went on to joke it was a “shame” she didn’t keep the love notes from Russell, saying: “I could’ve put them in a book.”
When asked if Russell had also danced tap, she revealed they had often been partners.
“We used to do double work together,” she explained. “We were double work partners sometimes.”
It appeared nothing romantic ever came of Russell’s sweet letters to Louise, however.
He is now happily married to Laura Gallacher, 32, with whom he shares two young children.
Louise tied the knot with sports star Jamie in 1998.
The pair were married for 19 years before finalising their divorce in 2017.
She is currently thought to be single, having opened up about the divorce in an interview with The Guardian earlier this year.
Asked whether she had been the one to leave Jamie, she replied carefully: “It was more mutual than that but, yes, I moved out.”
On the subject of dating, Louise said: “It’s really hard for women. I’m beginning to think I’m never going to meet anyone…
“I’ve not been out for a meal, just me and a guy in a restaurant, in two years. That makes me sound really sad, doesn’t it?”
She also admitted she thought it was “easier” for men to move on from a 19-year marriage.
In a recent interview with Paul McKenna, 55, on his Positivity Podcast, Louise Redknapp responded to being branded a “bad mother” by strangers criticising her personal life.
“I went through a time when I was taking bullets pretty much every day of my life – people that have never met me,” she said. “And being told that you’re a bad mum our you’ve left your children.
“Of course, you know me, or enough of me, to know those things aren’t true,” she continued.
“To not want to retaliate and stand up for yourself and say, ‘This is not true and please stop judging me for something that’s not true…’
“One of my biggest thins in life is my mum always taught me, ‘Do not judge or you too will be judged.’ I live with that.”