Louise Redknapp says she's mum-shamed for going on nights out without teenage sons
The pop star, 46, has been single since splitting from her husband Jamie in 2018 after almost 20 years of marriage and they are parents to two boys, Charley, 16, and Beau, who turns 13 this year.She has now opened up about the difficulties she's faced as a parent since the breakdown of her marriage.
In her new book You've Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known, Louise admitted she's made to feel bad about enjoying a social life.She wrote: "It's hard to be confident about your parenting when we are all subject to online scrutiny.
"Everyone will always have an opinion. If I post a picture on social media of myself on a night out, I'll be bombarded with accusatory questions about why I'm not with Charley and Beau instead."I shouldn't have to explain to anybody that I spend most of my time with my kids." headtopics.com
The former Eternal star added: "Some comments have really stung me, especially when they have been untrue."Louise went on to express her worry that there's a double standard for single mums - as dad don't seem to get as much flack.Get all the latest celebrity news delivered straight to your inbox From secret feuds and sexy scandals to the biggest showbiz headlines - we're serving up a daily dose of gossip.
Get the inside scoop on all your favourite celebs with our daily newsletter delivered straight to your inbox for free.You can sign up here.She wrote: "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."They are described as 'babysitting' rather than simply spending time with their own children.
"As soon as fathers play an active role, they are seen as heroes. Why is it that men are praised for the very things women do every day?"The singer insists this "has to change", adding: "Women cannot be it all and have it all. headtopics.com
"Every parent plays an important role in the upbringing of their kids; we should all be equal in this equation."Louise split from Jamie in 2017 after almost two decades of marriage. Read more: Mirror Celeb »
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