Louise Redknapp, 46, reveals she's been ghosted on dating apps as she struggles to find love following split from Jamie

LOUISE Redknapp has revealed she has been ghosted on a dating app and is finding looking for love in her forties “really hard”.

While her ex-husband — former footballer Jamie Redknapp — has moved on with Swedish model Frida Andersson-Lourie, 37, Louise said she has barely dated anyone since they split in 2017.


In an exclusive extract from her new book, the 46-year-old mum of two jokes about how she has not had much success with online dating — and needed the advice of her 16-year-old son to avoid a potentially sticky situation.

Louise said: “I had what I thought was a good chat with a guy, and then one day he asked me what I was up to.

“I said, ‘Oh, I’m just going for a bike ride’. And that was the end of that. It’s been five months and no reply.

“I’m just sitting here wondering what was it that I said? Are bike rides that unattractive?

“Basically, this is a way to say the new world of dating is so opaque and difficult to navigate.

“It’s easy to feel you’ve done or said something wrong, when in reality it’s not on you.”

She said her sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 12, would love for her to meet someone new.

Ex-Eternal singer Louise said: “I was talking to Charley one day about how I’d met a guy who wanted to bring the conversation over to Snapchat, and immediately he was like, ‘Mum, no’.

“Apparently, the only reason you want to Snapchat is if you’ve already got a partner or you just want to share explicit photos.

"Who knew I’d be getting dating advice from my son?”

Louise, who has often topped “sexiest woman” polls, said she is too embarrassed to try celebrity dating app Raya and would hate to date anyone else in the public eye.

She said: “The fact that my life comes with a lot of press attention makes things even more complicated.

“Whoever publicly dates me is going to have to really like me a lot, as they’ll need to be able to put up with the kind of scrutiny I am often under.”

She added: “Ultimately, it just creates another barrier and makes it harder for me to let my guard down.

“I’d love to meet somebody who I could have an amazing time with, who is strong enough to deal with the circus and who would be happy to be with the real me.

“Dating after divorce has been a good opportunity to learn to understand what I need and deserve.”

Jamie, 47, and Louise split after 18 years of marriage.

  • YOU’VE Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known by Louise Redknapp is out March 4 (Piatkus, £16.99).

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