Harry Redknapp admits he didn’t see son Jamie and his wife Louise’s split coming06/11/2019
Harry Redknapp says he was “choked” when his son Jamie split from wife Louise and insists the split “came out of the Blue” from his point of view.
Footballer Jamie and singer Louise were seen as the perfect showbiz couple when they tied the knot in June 1998 and enjoyed two decades of marriage before divorcing in December 2017.
Trouble between the pair was first reported early in 2017 after Louise appeared on Strictly the previous year and grew close to partner Kevin Clifton.
Then in an interview Louise said she felt “like a Stepford wife” constantly looking after others.
Ironically former father-in-law Harry, 72, insisted he thought she was happiest looking after the family and being with them, perhaps illustrating that she has changed her priorities in recent times or was not as happy as Harry and Jamie thought.
Speaking about their split, Harry said: “I was choked. Absolutely. I just never ever ever could see that happening. I thought they were getting married forever. They were such a lovely couple together.
“It came completely as a shock, out of the blue. They were not a showbiz marriage if you like. Lou just did not want to be anywhere without Jamie. They were very very down to earth the pair of them. And yeah me and Sandra it was a shock when it happened. Very sad.
“Lou was happiest when she was with the kids, Jamie, the kids and the dogs. That was their life really. Walking the dogs, going with the kids everywhere.
“It’s difficult. No-one knows what goes on behind closed doors do they in life? So you don’t know. It is sad.”
The couple has two sons together, Charley, 13, and Beau, nine and recent reports say they have remained good friends.
In October 2017 Louise appeared to explain her frustration in the marriage, saying: “I have spent most of my life pleasing everyone else, 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.”
Speaking on ITV’s Life Stories, former football manager and I’m A Celebrity winner Harry also told how son Jamie could not read or write when he left school, partly because he use to let him bunk off school to go training with him.
But things had worked out OK in the end as Jamie became a professional footballer and earned millions playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Dozy Harry also revealed how he failed to recognise Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice when he met them but still charmed them. He carried on reading a paper at a physios when Prince Harrytried to spark up a conversation admitting “it was silly” when he realised his mistake.
On Beatrice he added: “That was embarrassing as well. Jamie had invited me out for dinner. I turned up and Jamie was there with his two mates who I knew and there is another young guy with a young lady. We shook hands and I sat opposite this young lady and we started chatting away and we got onto horse racing.
"I was telling her a story about my nan used to take the bets off all the old girls in the street and Cyril the paper boy was the bookmaker. It was illegal to gamble in those days. You could not bet. There were no betting shops.
“Then she (Beatrice ) went ‘Oh my gran loves the horses.’ I went ‘Oh really? Does she? your nan loves racing?’ and she went. ‘Yeah. When she won the Gold Cup last year at Ascot….’ Now I am thinking ‘Who won the Gold Cup at Ascot thinking it was the Queen?’
So I said ‘Oh yeah, yeah. Do you think she bets with Cyril the paper boy.’ She said ‘She likes a bet. She loves a bet’.”
Looking ahead, Harry says he is now ready for a part in EastEnders on back of I’m A Celeb win.
Harry said: “I am getting a lot of TV offers. When I was in the jungle Rita was there from EastEnders and I said “I think I am ready for EastEnders.” I can see the script, I come into the Queen Vic. I see myself walking in the Queen Vic ordering a drink and hear someone say “Its Harry Redknapp. He’s moving back in the area. He’s just bought a little place in the Square they tell me. Bloody hell.” I start chatting and then I am one of the boys. I am ready and I am still waiting for the call.
Also, Jilly Cooper says she wants to write an erotic novel about football. I am the last man to write anything about it. Its more neurotic. Apparently she wants me to be her adviser. I have never read one of her books. It is not for me.”
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs Saturday at 9.35pm on ITV. Piers and Harry will also be managing the Soccer Aid World XI team at Soccer Aid on Sunday, live on ITV from 6.30pm.
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