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Ulrika Jonsson praises Jamie and Louise Redknapp for spending Christmas together

Ulrika Jonsson has praised exes Jamie and Louise Redknapp for spending Christmas together as she revealed she has spent the past three with her former husband Brian Monet.

The TV host, 53, was impressed to see the former couple spending the festive season with their sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 12, after they shared snaps on social media.

Writing in The Sun, Ulrika told how her first Christmas spent with Brian after they knew their marriage was over but  he had yet to move out made for a ‘nervous’ atmosphere.  

Honest: Ulrika Jonsson has praised exes Jamie and Louise Redknapp for spending Christmas together as she revealed she has spent the past three with her former husband Brian Monet

She said: ‘I was desperate for things to be perfect and feel right for the children’s sake and I think, with effort on both sides, we did a good job.

‘There was never any doubt in my mind we would get on as exes. We were good friends and always made the children our priority — at times too much.’ 

Ulrika added that the couple ‘channelled everything’ into their children Cameron, 26, Bo, 20, Martha, 16, and ­Malcolm, 12.

The TV presenter went on to say that their first Christmas together as exes was ‘delicate’ as they could no longer give each other a telling off like they would while in a relationship.

Family: Ulrika was impressed to see the former couple spending the festive season with their sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 12, after they shared snaps on social media

Family: Ulrika was impressed to see the former couple spending the festive season with their sons Charley, 16, and Beau, 12, after they shared snaps on social media

Family Christmas: Louise reunited with her footballer ex-husband Jamie for intimate Christmas celebrations with their two sons

Family Christmas: Louise reunited with her footballer ex-husband Jamie for intimate Christmas celebrations with their two sons 

Ulrika said exes put on their best behaviour for the sake of their children and her and Brian’s most recent Christmas together this year was a seamless one.

The former Celebrity Big Brother star said the former couple have learned how to behave around each other, helped by being in lockdown together at the start of the year.

Ulrika believes the dynamic of their relationship will change when one of them meets someone else and added that a person should never hate their ex more than they love their child.

The host married American advertising executive Brian in March 2008, with the couple announcing their divorce in April 2019.

Ulrika previously revealed she and Brian had sex just once in eight years. 

Ex: Ulrika told how her first Christmas spent with Brian after they knew their marriage was over but he had yet to move out made for a 'nervous' atmosphere (pictured in March 2020)

Ex: Ulrika told how her first Christmas spent with Brian after they knew their marriage was over but he had yet to move out made for a ‘nervous’ atmosphere (pictured in March 2020)

Her words come after Louise reunited with her ex-husband Jamie for intimate Christmas celebrations with their two sons.

The singer, 46, shared a sweet snap on her Instagram stories on Christmas Day showing Charley and Beau excitedly unwrapping their mountain of gifts.

Former footballer Jamie, 47, who she split from almost three years ago, could be seen sitting on an armchair watching his kids open their presents.

In an accompanying caption, she joked that the day was ‘madness’ as her living room became strewn with crumpled pieces of wrapping paper. 

She penned: ‘Christmas Madness. Merry Christmas everyone.’

She said: 'I was desperate for things to be perfect and feel right for the children’s sake and I think, with effort on both sides, we did a good job' (pictured in January 2020)

She said: ‘I was desperate for things to be perfect and feel right for the children’s sake and I think, with effort on both sides, we did a good job’ (pictured in January 2020)

The former Eternal bandmate also shared a video on her stories admitting that she had been told to ‘stay out of the kitchen’ while the Christmas dinner was prepared.

She seemed unimpressed as she explained that she was instead told to ‘lay the table and get the drinks’ rather than help with the cooking.

Louise said: ‘So today I’ve been told that my job is to stay out of the kitchen and, um, I lay the table and get the drinks!’

Alongside the video, she also wrote: ‘When you’re told to stay out of the kitchen.’

Relax: Louise shared a video on her stories admitting that she had been told to 'stay out of the kitchen' while the Christmas dinner was prepared

Relax: Louise shared a video on her stories admitting that she had been told to ‘stay out of the kitchen’ while the Christmas dinner was prepared

Louise revealed that ‘dinner was served’ as she shared a stunning snap of their giant array of Christmas food, including roast potatoes, carrots, stuffing, peas and turkey.

And Jamie later shared a glimpse of their Christmas on his Instagram stories showing him and sons enjoying a winter walk with Louise’s two Shar Pei dogs, Rudi and Blu.

Charles sped ahead riding a scooter while his brother followed behind, grinning as he tried to catch up on his bicycle.

Their intimate Christmas celebrations come soon after Louise shared a cryptic social media post hinting that she is a ‘broken mess’.

She took to Instagram earlier this month to share a poem which caught her fans’ attention, as it stated love is worth ‘fighting and trying for’.

Yummy! Louise revealed that 'dinner was served' as she shared a stunning snap of their giant array of Christmas food, including roast potatoes, carrots, stuffing, peas and turkey

Yummy! Louise revealed that ‘dinner was served’ as she shared a stunning snap of their giant array of Christmas food, including roast potatoes, carrots, stuffing, peas and turkey

The poem the media personality shared with her 716,000 followers read: ‘Some days she’s a warrior. Some days she’s a broken mess.

‘Most days she’s a bit of both. But everyday she’s there. Standing. Fighting. Trying.’

Louise divorced the Sky Sports pundit in December 2017 after 19 years of marriage.

Jamie is now dating Swedish model Frida Andersson-Lourie, which is thought to be his first confirmed relationship since his split from Louise.

In August, a source told The Sun: ‘Jamie feels ready to move on from Louise and is happy to be doing it with someone who has kids too and is financially secure.

‘It’s early days for Jamie and Frida, but they have grown close and are really enjoying spending time together when they can.’

Children: In March, the singer insisted that she and Jamie have a healthy co-parenting relationship, and they continued to 'prioritise' their sons, Charles and Beau

Children: In March, the singer insisted that she and Jamie have a healthy co-parenting relationship, and they continued to ‘prioritise’ their sons, Charles and Beau

Louise previously credited her divorce with giving her the courage to restart her music career.

Appearing on Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s podcast Spinning Plates, she said: ‘I suppose it took something quite big to happen in my life to think I’ve got nothing more to lose.

‘Like I feel like I’ve lost such a lot anyway that what’s my musical dignity when I’ve lost all of this anyway?

‘It took something sad and big in my life to maybe give me the courage to go, “oh, I’ll just give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen?”‘

She added: ‘I’m pleased I did it and I think I learned as well that you can still be a really good mum and it’s okay. I think I told myself for so long that I can’t have it all.

Courage: Louise previously credited her divorce with giving her the courage to restart her music career (pictured in March 2016)

Courage: Louise previously credited her divorce with giving her the courage to restart her music career (pictured in March 2016)

‘You can go away and you can work and you can be out of the house for a period of time without letting your kids down. It’s almost like I felt like you couldn’t have both.

‘I used to think you can only have both if you’re really famous and you’re really big and you’re going on massive tours where all of your family can come. And actually, no, you can.’

Louise, who has been living with her sons and mother through lockdown, candidly admitted that she still struggles on a daily basis.

She said: ‘I don’t know whether someone ever gets over getting divorced after 20 years and not working for a long period of time and regaining your ability to get back up on stage.’

Louise divorced the Sky Sports pundit in December 2017 after 19 years of marriage. Jamie is now dating Swedish model Frida Andersson-Lour

Split: Louise divorced the Sky Sports pundit in December 2017 after 19 years of marriage (pictured in May 2013), and Jamie is now dating Swedish model Frida Andersson-Lourie


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