‘So much judgement’ Louise Redknapp hits out after being given ‘hard time’ over parenting

Louise Redknapp discusses her escapism on stage

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The singer, 46, admits that when her children were younger, she was often criticised for her decision to work rather than remain at home. Louise shares sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 12, with former husband, Jamie Redknapp.

I remember being given such a hard time that I’d gone off to do a theatre show and having two kids.

Louise Redknapp

The Lewisham born star has topped the charts with girl group Eternal as well as taking the leading roles in West End theatre productions such as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Violet Newstead in Dolly Parton’s hit musical, Nine To Five.

However, while Louise was enjoying the glitz and glamour that the entertainment industry boasted, the star was left inundated with messages slamming her parenting skills.

Louise admits that while she was on the road Monday to Friday, she would head home on a Saturday evening and spend the weekend with her nearest and dearest before heading off again on a Monday evening.

She also notes that despite a hectic tour schedule, she often had windows of time to head home after a show, depending on the location of the venue.

Speaking to Sheridan Smith on her BBC Sounds podcast, Sheridan’s Showstoppers, Louise said: “I actually look back now, I remember being given such a hard time that I’d gone off to do a theatre show and having two kids.

“You know, people had so much judgement on it and I remember it being such a saving grace for me because I obviously saw my kids all the time.”

She went on to say to Sheridan: “You know what it’s like touring, you know, you get home on a Saturday night, you’re there all day Sunday, all day Monday and also a lot of the times, you’re near enough [home].

“I’d get in the car and just drive home in order to be there to take the kids to school in the morning but it was such a saving grace, I think, for me, just because it gave me the belief that it would all be ok.”

The Breaking Back Together songstress continued: “If I could do this every night, I’d always be alright.”

Louise also addressed her career, which saw her release her fourth studio album, Heavy Love, in 2020, following an almost two-decade long hiatus.

“I sometimes think to myself if I hadn’t had an 18 year gap I wonder how many records I could have maybe sold,” she told Sheridan.

After being quizzed on whether she missed singing during her hiatus, Louise revealed: “In the early part of having kids and being married it was fine because you’ve worked loads and all of a sudden you want that normality, that bit of time at home.”

The singer went on to add: “To have that felt lovely to breathe again, not be too worried about schedules and finishing records and just enjoy the children.

“It was only as time went on and they got bigger [that] my life felt like it was shrinking into this little box and everybody else’s life was expanding,” Louise continued.

“So I felt really claustrophobic and really scared that I’d lost doing what I love.

“When you love what you do it kind of gives you the confidence and when you strip that away from me I sort of become really unconfident as a person and that’s sort of my back up.”

The star who recently released her autobiography added: “So I did really miss it towards the end. It was really making me feel… I really suffered with the lack of doing anything that I love doing.”

During her break, Louise admits that she suffered from anxiety and thought she may never be perform again.

“I reckon I went through a stage where I didn’t listen to music for about four or five years because it gave me anxiety that I may never sing or be on stage again.

“So I preferred to pretend it didn’t exist,” she sadly said.

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