Louise Redknapp (Part 1) on the heady days of the 90s, leaving Eternal & relaunching her career

In the first of a special two-parter, Louise Redknapp talks to Kate about the heady days of the 90s, leaving Eternal, taking the leap to return to work after a 17-year hiatus and the release of her Greatest Hits album

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Video transcript

LOUISE REDKNAPP: You had people like Rodney Jerkins--


LOUISE REDKNAPP: --wanting to work with us. So all of a sudden, we're in New York with the Winans recording and Luther Vandross just sat on the sofa outside. And I'm like, just-- and you know when just-- you're so gobsmacked that you almost don't become starstruck anymore because you're just like, it's fight or flight here. I just need to step up to the plate and be everything I'm meant to be for being in this room.

I just walked in and said, I'm-- I don't think I can stay in the group. I think I'm going to leave. I'm so sorry, because I know how much time and effort, money you've put into us. But I can't do this anymore. Not in a million trillion years was I expecting, well, you can carry on with the rest of the five album deal on your own.

I just thought I was going to walk out there and they were probably going to sue me. And I thought, well, I haven't got anything to give you, so you could just sue me anyway.


LOUISE REDKNAPP: I was like, I still live at home with my mom at the moment.


When work become a real reality-- and not only did I want to work, I needed to work. I needed to find a life for myself. That's when the real nerves kicked in.

KATE THORNTON: Yeah, because your circumstances had changed.

LOUISE REDKNAPP: My circumstances had changed. I was now single. I needed to go to work for so many more reasons, like not just-- not to be famous. I mean, let's make one thing very clear. That was never-- I want to be-- I sometimes read a comment, and it's like, oh, she wants to be famous again. It's like, I never wanted to be famous again. That was the last thing on my mind.

I wanted to work because it defines a huge part of who I am. I love what I do. And also, I needed that purpose.