Louise Redknapp, 44, liked upwards of 15 of 27-year-old James Yates’ Instagram pictures in the past couple of months, including several racy topless shots. One particularly cheeky upload for which she showed her appreciation saw James stripping down to his underwear, showcasing his chiselled torso and muscular arms in the atmospheric black and white shot. However, James told Express.co.uk there was nothing romantic going on between them. He insisted Louise’s liking spree was down to her being a supportive friend.
“Can confirm Louise and I are just friends,” he said. “And it’s simply supportive of each other’s work.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Louise asking for comment.
James is a keen footballer and gym fanatic.
He has modelled for the likes of Vogue Italia and Man of Metropolis.
Louise and her husband of 19 years Jamie Redknapp, 45, split over a year ago, finalising their divorce in December 2017.
Since then, Jamie has seen reportedly been linked to 34-year-old model Lizzie Bowden.
Last week, pictured obtained by the Daily Mail showed the pundit leaving a club with the stunning brunette, walking down the street with the former footballer slightly ahead.
The Sun have since repotted he had been spending time with Lizzie following his split from Louise, with a source saying: “Jamie had bided his time out of courtesy to Louise.
“They’re still close but now might be the time he finally starts dating again.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Jamie asking for comment.
Louise and Jamie are parents to two sons, Charley, 15, and Beau, 10, and have remained good friends since splitting.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail’s You Magazine, she opened up about the idea of dating again, saying she had no plans to sign up to dating apps.
“No way am I ever going anywhere near that,” she said. “Could you imagine?
“My two younger brothers are on Tinder and they have a horrific time!” she continued. “They get blown out, they don’t get replied. I don’t know, I haven’t crossed that bridge yet.”
Louise went on to say she wasn’t the type to “flirt” with men, calling herself quite “reserved”.
On the subject of their divorce, she said she doesn’t blame Jamie for the breakdown of their marriage.
“I wish, three years ago, I’d been able to just speak up,” she said. “For a long time, it was easy to blame him.
“But actually, in the past six months, I’ve though, you know what? It was down to me to say, ‘Something’s not right. My self-esteem is really struggling. I’ve got no passion.’”