Louise Redknapp reveals how Strictly made her re-evaluate her life

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Louise opened up about her marriage woes on Sunday, confirming for the first time that she and Jamie have separated and are now living apart after their marriage left her feeling like "a Stepford wife".

The Strictly Come Dancing alum, who will soon be making her stage debut in a new production of Cabaret, also explained that appearing on the BBC show previous year had made her rethink her life.

Happier times: The source said: "He's gutted about what's happened".

'I could feel myself changing week by week.

Louise, who gave up her music career to become a full-time mum, also confessed to "feeling like a Stepford Wife trapped in a Surrey mansion trying to be the ideal mum and wife". "Sometimes I felt like crying because deep down inside me this voice was screaming, 'This is what I have been missing!'"

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"I wanted to sing, I wanted to perform. It's unfair to suggest he didn't allow her to pursue her dreams", they added to The Sun.

The mum-of-two, who has been married to Jamie for 19 years, first addressed the news when she appeared on This Morning two weeks ago.

The former Eternal singer is on a roll, now starring in the London production of Cabaret alongside her Strictly co-star Will Young.

She added: 'It's so hard because I love him.

She also said that signing up to Strictly was "the most selfish thing I have done since my kids were born".

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Speaking about her marriage, the star added: 'He's an wonderful man and we've had 20 good years together.

"People might look at me and think I've got everything, but a sweeping staircase and designer handbag doesn't really do it for me".

The singer, who had a career revival after taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, talked honestly with Telegraph's Stella magazine about the amicable separation, explaining that while she and Jamie were living apart, she still loves him and they still speak every day - she's just taking time to focus on herself.

She said it was only when she signed up for Strictly a year ago that she realised that she wanted to go back to performing and felt "physically sick" at the thought of not doing so. "No one could understand why it was so desperately important to me", she said. And that is when the s**t hit the fan.

Admitting that she's not sure what this will do to her marriage, she continued: 'I have no idea what is going to happen, all I know is that I fought for this, it's taken everything, but this is something I need to do - for me'.

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