Louise Redknapp sacrificed everything – including her 19-year marriage – to have a second shot at fame.
But her comeback was caught tragically short this week when she was forced to pull out of Dolly Parton’s musical, 9 to 5, after breaking her wrist in a horror fall.
""It breaks my heart to say I am having to take some time out and won’t be able to continue with my role in 9-5," the devastated star told her followers on Friday.
"Due to a nasty fall I have only gone and fractured my wrist and got 10 (yes 10) stitches in my chin."
The singer was due to play Violet Newstead, the role played by Lily Tomlin in the 1980 film, but could now be sidelined for up to two months.
Showbiz friends including Caroline Flack, Katya Jones and co-star Amber Davies, who is cast as Jane Fonda’s character Judy Bernly, were quick to offer their sympathies.
But there was nothing but silence from her ex-husband Jamie, who is currently promoting his own show, A League of Their Own, with his mate, ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
Meanwhile, the accident is said to have been a crushing blow to Louise, who moved out of the marital home after competing in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
"It happened on the way to rehearsals on Tuesday morning. She fell in the street," a source told The Sun.
"She went to hospital and had stitches. Then doctors told her she needs time out and can’t do the show.
"She is obviously completely devastated because this is a dream role for her. It doesn’t seem fair."
Her replacement is expected to be chosen next week, and London’s Savoy Theatre issued a statement saying they are hoping to have Louise back by the end of March or early April.
The former Eternal singer previously revealed how she felt ‘physically sick’ at the idea she’d never experience the ‘buzz’ of performing again after Strictly ended.
"I have spent most of my life pleasing everyone else, worrying about being judged and thinking I should always do the right thing by staying at home, looking after my kids and my husband. I lost myself, I became a sort of Stepford Wife, wanting to be perfect at it. It was only when I agreed to do Strictly Come Dancing that I realised I couldn’t just go back to that," she explained to The Telegraph last year.
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