Louise Redknapp says she ‘often’ embarrasses her son when her songs blast out from her car as she drops him off at school.
The pop star, 48, is mother to sons Charley, 18, and Beau, 14, with her ex, England footballer Jamie Redknapp, 49, who she divorced in 2017 after 19 years of marriage.
Singer Louise rose to fame as a member of girl band Eternal after they released their debut album Always & Forever in 1994, before she went on to pursue a solo career during which she sold five million records in the UK and 15 million worldwide.
And Louise says her tunes frequently come on the radio still today, leaving her younger son red-faced if they’re playing as she drops him off at the school gates.
She told The Sunday Times: ‘The worst-case scenario, which happens surprisingly often, is when one of my songs comes on the radio as we approach the school gates.
Showing him up? Louise Redknapp, 48, says she ‘often’ embarrasses her son when her songs blast out from her car as she drops him off at school
Awkward: Louise says her tunes frequently come on the radio still today, leaving her younger son Beau, 14 (pictured), red-faced if they’re playing as she drops him off at the school gates
‘Beau obviously finds this mortifying and says, “Just park around the corner. Please.”’
‘I’ve no idea if my boys think I’m a cool mum, but I have a great relationship with both of them and they’re super-supportive of what I do.
‘They don’t say too much because they’re teenagers, but I know they’re proud, which I sometimes hear when they don’t realise I’m in earshot.’
However, her eldest son Charley is free of such situations as he is now a university student in Arizona.
The star said she and ex Jamie jungle the tasks of parenthood between them as they co-parent alongside one another, each playing on what they’re good at.
‘Jamie and I share the after-school football pick-ups, and Beau is often at his dad’s, so my favourite evenings are when it’s just me and Beau,’ she explained.
‘I’m a c**p cook but I still like making him dishes he loves, like steak and chips with an egg on top and broccoli on the side.’
Louise also revealed she’s ‘open’ to the idea of dating again after her split from Jamie.
Lucky escape? However, her eldest son Charley, 18, is free of such situations as he is now a university student in Arizona
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant admitted she doesn’t actively look for a new partner, but is keeping her options open for what might come next.
She told the newspaper: ‘People ask me about dating and although I wouldn’t say I ever go out actively looking, I’ve got an open heart for what the future may bring.’
Although Louise has been considering the idea of dating again – she said her energies are currently focused on her two boys and her job only.
It comes after the news that Louise and Olly Murs will be leading the stars playing at Flackstock festival 2023 in tribute to their late friend Caroline Flack.
Caroline tragically took her own life on February 15, 2020, aged 40.
The festival is back for a second year with a host of celebrities joining forces to raise money to four charities which were close to Caroline’s heart.
Among the acts playing on the 24 July at Englefield House, Berkshire are Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jason Manford and The Feeling.
Dean Matrona and JP Cooper are also confirmed to perform at the festival, held in Caroline’s memory.
There will be stage appearances on the day coming from Matt Richardson, Charlie Mackesy and BBC Strictly dancer’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Škorjanec.
Celebrity DJ sets will be on throughout the day from All Saints star Mel Blatt, Denise Van Outen and Steve Proud.
Olly, 39, enjoyed a close friendship with the presenter after they presented The Xtra Factor together.
The singer previously revealed he tried and failed to meet up with Caroline not long before her death but she never showed up, and that he ‘always’ thinks about it.
New horizons: Louise revealed on Sunday she’s ‘open’ to the idea of dating again after her split from Jamie Redknapp
Louise, 48, became good friends with Caroline after she reached out to her when she was going through a tough time after the breakdown of her 19-year marriage..
After raising an extraordinary £325,000 in 2022, money raised from Flackstock 2023 will once again be split equally between Choose Love, Mind, Samaritans and Charlie Waller Trust.
The event will take place in the grounds of Englefield House following on from the summer concerts as part of Heritage Live on the site, presented by Giles Cooper Entertainment.
Caroline’s mother Christine told MailOnline: ‘Last year was bigger and more successful than we could have ever imagined so we are thrilled the festival is coming back for a second time.’
Tribute: It comes after the news that Louise and Olly Murs will be leading the stars playing at Flackstock festival 2023 in tribute to their late friend Caroline Flack (pictured)