Monday night 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 after her 2017 divorce from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp, was accompanied 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, made 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 seemed to get the upper hand as she lagged a few steps behind a stoic-looking Drew, who walked in front of his new girlfriend.
He is believed to be a former military officer who now works in the aerospace and defense industry, supplying strategic war equipment to the Royal Marines and the British Army – a far cry from Louise’s high-profile circle of famous 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: Louise, wearing a black bomber jacket and matching skirt, looked typically stylish as they made their way to a waiting car
Old times: The former Eternal bandmate 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 first priority.
She said The sun: ‘I’m just open to what can happen, I’m not actively looking, it’s not my main goal in life.
“But if that’s how it goes and I meet someone who blows me away and who’s wonderful, kind and wonderful, then I would be so open to exploring that, but no, I don’t download apps, well, not on the moment.’
Louise said she wouldn’t just date someone ‘for the sake of it’ and insisted she would be open about her love life if she met the right person.
She added, “If I met that amazing 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 expert Jamie married model Frida Andersson, 38, in October 2021, and the couple welcomed their first child together, son Raphael, the following month.
Frida and Jamie share seven children together, with the model also being the mother of four with her ex-husband, American hedge fund manager Jonathan Lourie.
Let’s go: The singer, single after her split from ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp in 2017, was joined by Drew as they left close friend Carr’s festive bash
Hurry Lou! At one point, her heels seemed to get the better of her as she lagged a few steps behind a stoic-looking Drew, who charged in front of his new girlfriend.
Moving on: Drew is believed 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 first priority
Busy Man: Drew is believed to be a former military officer who now works in the aerospace and defense industry, supplying strategic war equipment to the Royal Marines and the British Army
Night out: The pair were spotted leaving The Groucho Club after helping Carr celebrate
Close: Louise’s latest public appearance suggests she’s finally moving on, some six years after her divorce from Jamie Redknapp
Nothing to see here: Louise and Drew went home together after leaving The Groucho Club
Last summer, Louise opened up about how her ex’s new marriage had affected their two sons, as she opened up about how she had ‘postponed’ dating.
Speak with HELLO!Louise confessed to their divorce and Jamie’s new marriage has had a lasting impact on their sons.
“I’ve felt this as a mother and, to put this in the most respectful way possible, my boys’ lives changed dramatically and then it changed again when Jamie obviously got married and had a family,” she said.
Explaining why they had stopped dating recently, Louise said: ‘Their lives were changing and I felt like I had to be their only constant.’
Louise rose to fame as a member of the girl band Eternal after they released their debut album Always & Forever in 1994.
She pursued a solo career in which she sold five million records in the UK and 15 million worldwide.
New romance: Sports expert Jamie married model Frida Andersson in October 2021 and the couple welcomed their first child together, son Raphael, the following month