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Louise Redknapp’s candid admission on latest tour that ‘cost her’: ‘Didn’t take a penny!’

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Louise Redknapp, 45, rose to fame as a member of 90s R&B girl group Eternal and since her departure from the band, she has launched a successful solo career which has seen her sell over 15million records worldwide. After she married former England footballer Jamie Redknapp in 1998, the couple had two boys, Charles, 16, and Beau, 11, and Louise put her musical career on hold to become a doting mum, diving head first into family life. But now she’s back in the business, she revealed it’s not about the money, as her latest tour “cost her” out of her own pocket.

The latest tour I went on, I didn’t take a penny

Louise Redknapp

Now her sons are older, the TV personality felt comfortable to throw herself back into writing and performing, something she believes defines who she is.

Following her divorce from Jamie in 2018, Louise described their decision to end their marriage and restart her career as the “first selfish thing I’ve done”.

She admitted that although nobody “understood”, she felt like she’s finally “come back to who I really am”.

Appearing on the most recent episode of Sophie Ellis Bexter’s podcast Spinning Plates, Louise talked about how important it was to her to get back a bit of her old self which she had out on pause when she became a mum.

“I had a lovely family unit, I wouldn’t have changed that for anything in the world,” she made clear.

“But as time went on, I think I needed to do what I do, even if it wasn’t on a big level, even if it was just going to the studio and singing and writing songs that I can listen to in the car to remind myself of what I love.

“It really did play a big part in defining me.”

Sophie nodded in agreement: “It’s that thing that’s yours and to remind yourself you’ve got that side to you because you need it to feel the full 360 version of yourself.”

While noting that earning money from the music industry is a “massive bonus”, Louise concurred: “It’s not about the fame.”

“I’ve also invested my own money and time and taken nothing away from jobs and shows, just for my love of doing it!” she admitted.

“The latest tour I went on, I didn’t take a penny.

“That was costing me to do but I felt the need to do it and invest in it for a the people who bought my album and supported me throughout the years and for myself.”

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She bashed those who constantly believe there’s a “sinister picture” behind everything people do.

Elsewhere, the mum-of-two revealed that as her boys are growing up they’re becoming more clued up on dating, something Louise feared would mean she would be “single forever”, as they gave their verdict on her having boyfriend.

Speaking to The Mirror, she confessed she finds it “difficult to date” with two sons as they’re not too fond of the idea of it.

“I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to have a boyfriend,” she laughed.

“First of all the 16-year-old is like: ‘How are they going to get past me?’

“I’ll never know. Sometimes I say: ‘How would you feel if I went on a date?’ and they say, ‘I don’t want to talk about it!'”

And if having two lads standing in the way was challenging enough, the coronavirus lockdown is making things even worse for poor Louise.

“It’s not looking positive to me when it comes to a love life,” she admitted.

“I still haven’t been on a date! Lockdown is not helping me in the dating world.”

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