Louise and Jamie Redknapp divorce

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The former footballer and the Strictly Come Dancing star were granted their quickie divorce in just 20 seconds after 19 years of marriage.

They confirmed they had split in October.

A family court judge has drawn the 19-year marriage of former footballer Jamie Redknapp and his pop singer wife Louise to a close.

Judge Ian Mulkis granted a divorce decree at a hearing in the Central Family Court in London on Friday.

Neither Mr Redknapp, 44, a former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder who now works as a television pundit, nor Mrs Redknapp, 43, were in court.

The judge granted a decree nisi - a marriage formally ends when judges grant decree absolute. A wife or husband can apply for a decree absolute six weeks after a decree nisi is granted.

The Redknapps married in 1998 on a luxury 130ft yacht called Lady Tamara in Bermuda.

The couple are expected to reach amicable terms on custody of   sons Charley, 13, and Beau, nine.

Former Eternal pop singer Louise, 43, admitted she  longed to relaunch her career after the thrill of  last year’s dance show and its nine-month tour.

She said she felt “lost” as a wife  and home-maker, adding:   “I became a sort of Stepford Wife, wanting to be perfect at it.

“When I agreed to do Strictly that I realised I couldn’t go back to that.

“I wanted to  perform. I felt  physically sick at the idea I’d never have that buzz again.”

She left the family home in Oxshott, Surrey and    has   been touring with  the stage show Cabaret for the last four months.

The boys have been living with ex England soccer ace Jamie, 44 –  worth an estimated £15million.

After  today, the  couple must wait six weeks before applying for a final decree absolute to formally end the marriage.

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