Louise Redknapp talks being seen as 'terrible mum' as she slams parenting double standards

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Louise Redknapp talks being seen as 'terrible mum' as she slams parenting double standards
Louise Redknapp, 45, divorced football pundit Jamie Redknapp, 47, in 2018 after 19 years of marriage. She has since discussed some of the negative reactions she received as she continued to work and get on with life as a single mum. In her new book You’ve Got This, the singer addressed parenting double standards.
She said: “When I split up with Jamie, the accusations came in thick and fast.

“I was so heavily judged, and it amazed me that so many people, including other women, made assumptions about what I was or wasn’t doing when it came to my kids.

“I noticed real double standards: women are simply expected to be with their kids, whereas if fathers spend any time with their children, then suddenly they are ‘Super Dad’ or Dad of the Year’.”

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Giving an example, she added: “If I go on holiday with some of my girlfriends, or even just out for a meal in the evening and I’m photographed, it feels like I’m suddenly being seen as a terrible mother.”

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She added as soon as fathers play an active role “they are seen as heroes”.

In the book abstract obtained from The Metro, the singer went on to say she wasn’t criticising her ex-husband, who she called a “fantastic father”.

But, she believes people need to refresh their thoughts on parenting and view mums and dads on an equal level.

Addressing life as a single mum, the mother-of-two went on to say she probably lets her sons get away with more now than before as she wants to be the “good parent”.

“Stop, say what you need, say what you think, don’t be afraid to say what’s really going on. You don’t have to be quiet.”

Louise added she had a split-second thought about ending her life after their public break-up.

She continued: “I would be standing in Central London and would wonder whether it would be easier for a bus to take me out.”

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“All it would take was for me to step out at the wrong moment and it would be over.”

Following her candid interview, Louise admitted she was apprehensive about opening up in her new book due to there being “so much judgement”.

She wrote on Instagram: “You’ve Got This is by no means a tell all autobiography, but I do talk about many different aspects of my life – some good, some bad and other lessons I have learnt along the way.”

She added: “It is very difficult opening up as there is so much judgement, lack of compassion and nasty comments in the world today but, the one thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is that kindness really can go a long way!”

Louise went on to say she hoped to empower others who had also been through something similar.


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