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The rumour mill surrounding the state of Louise and Jamie Redknapp’s 19-year-marriage has been in overdrive in the past few months. It seems that every day a new source appears confirming the sad news of their split.

But so far, neither the couple or any of their family and friends have commented publicly on the devastating rumours.

However, one of Louise’s closest gal pals and wife to Louise’s former Strictly dancing partner, Karen Clifton, has now commented publicly on the news. And it would appear that the shocking news really is true…

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Louise Redknapp and Karen Clifton met when Louise joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. She was paired up with Karen’s professional dancer husband, Kevin.

The 02 the strictly girls have arrived so excited @karencliftonofficial @lubamushtuk @daisylowe @jmanrara 👯👊🏼

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(Louise Redknapp and Karen Clifton, far right)

The pair have since been snapped enjoying fun weekends out and about together. Following the intense rumours surrounding the breakdown of her marriage, Karen opened up about how Louise is now enjoying some time for her own. Talking to the Sun, she said, “On the show Louise grew in confidence and you could see her wings expanding,

“It was great because she’s been a stay-at-home mum and sometimes you can forget about yourself.” Louise herself has even commented in previous interviews that her Strictly turn was a great way for her to do something for herself after so many years at home.

“Now she’s giving herself a little bit more attention and she’s taking care of herself, which is lovely. She’s reinventing herself.”

But Karen later appeared to confirm the news that the couple have parted ways. She said, “She’s a gorgeous woman and he’s a lovely man and I just feel really bad that they’ve separated.” The estranged pair were due to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next year.

Karen’s comments come amid reports that Louise has now “thrown away the rule book”. Reportedly, the former Eternal star is determined be “fun and carefree” with Strictly BFF Daisy Lowe. The pair are regularly pictured together, with sources suggesting that Louise is loving being part of Daisy’s party lifestyle.

Enjoying a bit of sun today with @daisylowe thanks beau beau for the snap 😎#chilling #home

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Jamie’s parents have branded Louise in the throws of a ‘mid-life crisis’ and are keen for the couple to get back on track.

A source told the Sun: “Harry and Sandra are very supportive of Louise and want to see her revive her career.

“But they’ve been sad to see her partying hard with her new group of friends while Jamie has been filming A League of Their Own.

“It’s meant Louise’s mum has been left to look after the kids many nights over the last few weeks.

“She seems to be in the middle of a mid-life crisis, turning her back on many of the mutual friends she’s shared with Jamie to go out with people half her age.”

Fans have been left wondering whether the split is due in part to the rumoured ‘Strictly curse‘. Louise previously commented that ‘a bit of sparkly Spandex won’t harm us’, but unfortunately for the couple, it would appear that Louise’s time on Strictly has shown how far apart the couple have drifted…