Louise Redknapp was asked a deeply personal question about her former marriage during an interview on This Morning, which left both the singer and viewers pretty shocked.
The former King and Queen of daytime television returned on Friday (25 October) for a guest slot and interviewed ex-Eternal singer Redknapp about her new music.
Fans who grew up in the 90s enjoyed the nostalgia of the interview, until Madeley delivered a pretty inappropriate question…
Redknapp was explaining the music she’s been writing since divorcing ex-husband Jamie Redknapp in 2018.
“Naturally when you’re writing and you’re in the studio and it’s your safe haven, you naturally pour your heart out. That’s your safe place,” she said.
“So I’d definitely say there’s songs on the album – that are never bashing, it’s not about being overly personal – it’s how I felt just as a woman, as a mum, as a wife.”
Cue: Madeley, whose retro and outdated interview style is often compared to Alan Partridge.
“Can I ask what went wrong or is that delving too deep? You seemed like the perfect couple,” he interjected.
Redknapp, who couldn’t help but awkwardly laugh, expertly swerved around the direct question by answering:
“I wish I knew. It was really sad times. It was really sad and devastating for the whole family and when there are children involved, it’s something that takes a long time to get over.”
But this answer – showing the emotional impact it’s had on her family – wasn’t enough to shut down further questions.
Finnigan then started to talk about Redknapp’s time on Strictly Come Dancing and how it “empowered” her to change her outlook on life, suggesting that it was part of the reason behind the couple’s split.
After explaining how “things that go on in a marriage are far deeper than a TV programme”, Redknapp added: “I get asked about it all the time and I never try and shut it down because I think it’s happened and it was very public. But when there’s a whole family involved, it’s massive in everybody’s life.”
Although Redknapp admits to the fact that she’s always been honest and open about the emotions involved in her personal life, viewers agreed that Madeley’s question crossed a line. It also suggested that divorce must be a failure that happens when things “go wrong”.
Another viewer also pointed out the moment in the interview when Madeley told Redknapp she had “weathered very well” (yes, really).
A lot has changed since 1992, so perhaps Madeley needs to be told that it’ not OK to ask a woman for specific details about her divorce on live television.