Jamie Redknapp has given a rare insight into co-parenting sons Charles, 16, and Beau, 11, with ex-wife Louise.
Talking on a new podcast, the football ace, 46, admitted that it is ‘never easy’ but you have to make sure that the children ‘come first’.
He said on the Headliners podcast: It’s never easy but you have to make sure the kids come first and foremost and you make sure that you’re there to support them as much as possible.’
Happy days: Jamie Redknapp has given a rare insight into co-parenting sons Charles, 16, and Beau, 11, with ex-wife Louise (pictured in happier times)
Jamie also praised Louise as a parent and said that she supports their son Charles’ rugby career, he sweetly added: ‘His mum’s brilliant.’
It comes after the star admitted earlier this year that co-parenting his sons with his ex-wife Louise has ‘worked really well’.
Speaking about adjusting to life and custody sharing amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the football ace seemed satisfied with their arrangement yet confessed he himself is struggling with homeschooling.
He told The Mirror: ‘I’m sharing the kids with Louise, which has worked out really well. Homeschooling has not been easy though, and my respect level for teachers has gone through the roof.’
Candid: Talking on a new podcast, the football ace, 46, admitted that it is ‘never easy’ but you have to make sure that the children ‘come first’ (pictured in 2016)
In March, Jamie revealed his sons have been split up amid lockdown with the footballer home-schooling Beau while Charley self-isolates with his ex.
During an Instagram Live chat with comedian pal Jack Whitehall at the time, Jamie admitted that he has been looking after their youngest, teaching him about history, while ‘Chazza is with his mum – doing homework hopefully.’
Jamie and Eternal singer Louise ended their 19-year marriage in 2017.
In October last year, Louise has insisted she still ‘doesn’t know’ why her marriage to Jamie broke down after nearly two decades together.
Proud: In March, Jamie revealed his sons have been split up amid lockdown with the footballer home-schooling Beau while Charley self-isolates with his ex (Jamie and Beau pictured)
The singer said that despite rumours, she ‘doesn’t blame’ her stint on Strictly Come Dancing for the breakdown of her marriage, as she and Jamie split in late 2017, a year after she appeared on the show.
Just a year before she and Jamie split, Louise was a contestant on Strictly in 2016, and during the stint rumours were rife about the show’s famous curse.
The couple were granted a decree nisi at the Central Family Court in London in December 2017. – with neither pair attending the hearing.
It was revealed that it was Louise who had filed for divorce earlier in the year, and Jamie’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’ was cited as the reason for their split.
It is law that unless couples spend five years living apart a ‘reason’ must be given to obtain a divorce. The showbiz couple first confirmed their split two months before, with Louise revealing she had moved out of the family home in October.
In a 25-second hearing at London’s Central Family Court, District Judge Ian Mulkis pronounced the decree nisi. During the court finding it was announced the reason for their divorce lay with Jamie’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
Broken: It was revealed that it was Louise who had filed for divorce earlier in the year, and Jamie’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’ was cited as the reason for their split
The judge held that the respondent [Jamie] had behaved ‘in such a way that the petitioner [Louise] cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent’.
It was announced: ‘The petitioner has sufficiently proved the contents of the petition here in and is entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent’s unreasonable behaviour.’
Jamie did not contest the findings and it was concluded that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and would be dissolved in six weeks giving they reach amicable terms on custody of their two sons, Charley, 13, and Beau, nine, and no objections are formally made.