Jamie Redknapp mocked by celeb friends about his divorce from Louise with 'Strictly curse' jibes
JAMIE Redknapp has revealed he was often mocked by his celebrity pals over his divorce from ex wife Louise.
The former footballer, 47, admitted he's used to his League Of Their Own co-stars James Corden, Freddie Flintoff and Jack Whitehall, relentlessly teasing him about the so-called Strictly Come Dancing 'curse'.
Jamie and Louise called it quits in 2017 after 19 years together – soon after her appearance on Strictly.
Following their split, Louise confirmed how the BBC show made her drastically rethink her life, forcing her and Jamie to live apart.
Despite their marriage breakdown, Jamie revealed he was still faced with brutal jokes from his TV pals.
He told the Sunday Independent: "Of course, Freddie and I get some stick but there's nobody who gives it and can't take it.
"I've never really felt uncomfortable with a joke. I've been in football dressing-rooms since I was 11 years of age and there was always a lot of slagging.
"I was in the Liverpool dressing-room with Ray Houghton, John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan. If you can handle that, you can handle A League of Their Own."
The dad-of-two also opened up on the attention his sons, Charley, 16, and Beau, 11, had to deal with.
Jamie continued: "It's been part and parcel of my life since I was a teenager, so for me it's OK. What I find difficult is the way it affects the kids. They're impressionable, they're young and you want to protect them.
"Anyone in the public eye would say that about their kids but I suppose, at the same time, we use the press and do photoshoots and so on, so it works both ways."
He went on: "My kids make me emotional. Watching them grow up and be such good kids, that's everything to me. It makes everything worthwhile."
Louise and Jamie had been hailed for having one of the strongest marriages in showbusiness, tying the knot in 1998.
Their divorce was finalised in a 25-second court hearing in December 2017.
Earlier this year, Louise opened up about co-parenting with Jamie.
She told Hello! magazine at the time: "Our rule is that while one of us is working, the other is with them. We both want the kids all the time and encourage the other to go out so that we can have them.
"We share everything, too. On Christmas Day we do the presents together, they're from us both.
"Maybe this works now because neither of us is in a relationship, but I like to think it will always be like that."
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