Monday evening was special for reasons that had nothing to do with Jimmy Carr as Louise Redknapp made her first public appearance with new boyfriend Drew Michael.
The singer, single following her 2017 divorce from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp, was joined by Drew, 39, who is eight-years her junior, as they left The Groucho Club in central London.
Dressed in a black bomber jacket, leather boots and matching skirt, Louise, 48, was making her first appearance with a new man since ending her marriage as she helped close friend Carr celebrate his 51st birthday at the Soho venue.
At one point the singer’s heels appeared to get the better of her as she lagged several paces behind a stoic looking Drew, who walked ahead of his new girlfriend.
He is understood to be a former military officer who now works in the aerospace and defence industry, where he supplies strategic war equipment to the Royal Marines and the British Army – a far cry from Louise’s high-profile circle of celebrity friends.
Here they come: Monday was special for reasons that had nothing to do with Jimmy Carr as Louise Redknapp made her first appearance with new boyfriend Drew Michael at the comic’s birthday party
Make way: Dressed in a black bomber jacket and matching skirt, Louise looked typically stylish as they made their way towards a waiting car
Old times: The former Eternal band member was married to former footballer Jamie Redknapp for 19 years before they divorced in 2017
The singer recently admitted she was ‘open’ to meeting someone, but insisted dating wasn’t her number one priority.
She told The Sun: ‘I’m just open to what may happen, I’m not actively out there looking, it’s not my number-one goal in life.
‘But, if it goes that way and I met somebody who swept me off my feet and was amazing and kind and great, then I’d be so open to exploring that, but no, I’m not downloading apps, well, not at the minute.’
Louise said she wouldn’t date someone just for the ‘sake of it’ and insisted she would be open about her love life if she did meet the right person.
She added: ‘If I did meet that great person, I would never hide it, if they are right, they are right, and I would be the first to embrace it and share it.’
Louise and former footballer Jamie split in 2017 after 19 years of marriage. The couple share sons Charley, 18, and Beau, 14.
Sports pundit Jamie went on to marry model Frida Andersson, 38, in October 2021 and the pair welcomed their first child, son Raphael, together the following month.
Frida and Jamie share seven children between them, with the model also mother to four children with her ex-husband, American hedge fund manager Jonathan Lourie.
Let’s go: The singer, single following her divorce from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp in 2017, was joined by Drew as they left close friend Carr ‘s celebratory bash
Hurry up Lou! At one point her heels appeared to get the better of her as she lagged several paces behind a stoic looking Drew, who charged ahead of his new girlfriend
Moving on: Drew is understood to be Louise’s first boyfriend since divorcing ex-husband Jamie, with whom she shares two children
Open-minded: The singer recently admitted she was ‘open’ to meeting someone, but insisted dating wasn’t her number one priority
Busy man: Drew is understood to be a former military officer who now works in the aerospace and defence industry, where he supplies strategic war equipment to the Royal Marines and the British Army
Night out: The pair were seen exiting The Groucho Club after helping Carr celebrate
Close: Louise’s latest public appearance suggests she is finally moving on, some six years after her divorce from Jamie Redknapp
Nothing to see here: Louise and Drew headed home together after leaving The Groucho Club
Last summer, Louise told how her ex’s new marriage impacted their two sons as she told how she had ‘held off’ dating.
Speaking to HELLO!, Louise confessed their split and Jamie’s new marriage have had a lasting impact on their sons.
‘I’ve felt this as a mum and, to say this in the most sort of respectful way, my boys’ lives changed dramatically and then it changed again when obviously Jamie got married and had a family,’ she said.
Explaining why she hasn’t dated recently, Louise pointed out: ‘Their life changed and I felt like I needed to be their one staple.’
Louise rose to fame as a member of girl band Eternal after they released their debut album Always & Forever in 1994.
She went on to pursue a solo career during which she sold five million records in the UK and 15 million worldwide.
New romance: Sports pundit Jamie went on to marry model Frida Andersson in October 2021 and the pair welcomed their first child, son Raphael, together the following month
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