Louise Redknapp posts a throwback bikini snap to wish son Charley a happy 18th birthday

Louise Redknapp posts a throwback bikini snap to wish son Charley a happy 18th – as ex Jamie reveals the rising sports star is moving to the US

Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her oldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday.

The singer-songwriter, 47, shared a throwback bikini snap to mark the milestone occasion, with the adorable image showing her lying on a coach with a protective arm wrapped around Charley as a toddler.

Louise’s ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute the rising sports star on his big day as he posted a collection of throwback snaps to his account, and revealed ‘superb athlete’ Charley is soon set to move to America.

Milestone: Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her oldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday by posting a throwback bikini snap from his toddler years

Milestone: Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her oldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday by posting a throwback bikini snap from his toddler years

The couple split in 2017 after 19 years of marriage following Louise’s stint on Strictly Come Dancing.    

Gushing over her son in her Instagram post, the former Eternal singer joked about how she will ‘probably be jumping on a plane every weekend to Arizona’ as Charley takes the next step in his life.

Louise wrote: ‘To my big boy I can’t put into words how much I love you, and how proud I am of you.

‘I can’t believe this time 18 years ago you came into my world, you’re my best friend, my rock and have been right by my side since the day you were born.

Proud dad: Louise's ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute the rising sports star on his big day as he posted a collection of throwback snaps to his account

Proud dad: Louise’s ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute the rising sports star on his big day as he posted a collection of throwback snaps to his account

Happy birthday! The singer-songwriter, 47, joked about how she will 'probably be jumping on a plane every weekend to Arizona' as Charley takes the next step in his life

Happy birthday! The singer-songwriter, 47, joked about how she will ‘probably be jumping on a plane every weekend to Arizona’ as Charley takes the next step in his life

‘You mean the world to me and I’ll be there to for you in this next chapter in life driving you mad being over protective and probably jumping on a plane every weekend to Arizona.’

Louise concluded: ‘Enjoy your day and night, I’ll allow you to make a mess in the kitchen today‚Ķ just this once! My super star! Happy 18th Birthday Chaz. Love Mum. Xxxx.’ 

Jamie also shared a number of throwback snaps of their son along with a heartfelt message to celebrate his birthday – while wishing him well as he jets to the States for a sporting opportunity. 

He wrote: ‘My big boy Charley is 18 today! I’m so proud of you mate and the man you’ve turned into. You are Incredibly charming, funny, clever, kind and a superb athlete. 

So sweet: Jamie revealed 'superb athlete' Charley is soon set to move to America as he posted a series of adorable throwback snaps to mark the occasion

So sweet: Jamie revealed ‘superb athlete’ Charley is soon set to move to America as he posted a series of adorable throwback snaps to mark the occasion 

Out out: Another shot showed the pair dressed in smart suits on a formal night out

Out out: Another shot showed the pair dressed in smart suits on a formal night out

‘Your next step in the US will be amazing and I can’t wait to watch you every step of the way. I love you so much. Your Dad.’

The album showed the father and son over the years, with Jamie including moving images of the pair from when Charley was a child up until recently.

One image showed the pair playing football on the beach during a family holiday, while another shot showed the pair on a formal night out. 

Jamie’s two younger sons, Beau, 13, – who he also co-parents with Louise – and Raphael, eight months, posed poolside during their current holiday in Italy in a snap posted to Instagram on Tuesday evening. 

Lads, lads, lads: (L-R) Charley, Raphael, eight months, Jamie and Beau, 13

Lads, lads, lads: (L-R) Charley, Raphael, eight months, Jamie and Beau, 13

On Tuesday, the Sky Sports panellist could be seen balancing on the shoulders of  Beau as they splashed about in the pool, with sportsman Jamie holding the hand of Raphael.

Raphael stood on the shoulders of Charley in the image as the group basked in the glorious sunshine.

Former football player Jamie captioned the snap: ‘Lads, lads, lads,’ along with a red heart emoji and an Italian flag. 

Raphael’s mother is Jamie’s wife, Swedish model and mother-of-five Frida Andersson, 38, who he married at Chelsea Old Town Hall in in October 2021.  

Joy: Jamie sat on his son Beau's shoulders while holding his baby Raphael's hand

Joy: Jamie sat on his son Beau’s shoulders while holding his baby Raphael’s hand

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