Rachel Stevens ditches her ring as she’s seen publicly for the first time since split from husband

Rachel Stevens seen publicly for the first time since split from husband Alex Bourne as S Club 7 star goes ringless during low-key outing

Rachel Stevens has been seen publicly on for the first time on Wednesday since announcing her split from husband of 12 years Alex Bourne.

The former S Club 7 star, 44, was without her wedding ring as she enjoyed a low-key solo shopping trip in East London.

Rachel looked radiant in a brown cut-out summer dress and strappy heels as she made her way down the street amid news of her relationship breakdown.

Out and about: Rachel Stevens has been seen publicly on for the first time on Wednesday since announcing her split from husband of 12 years Alex Bourne

Out and about: Rachel Stevens has been seen publicly on for the first time on Wednesday since announcing her split from husband of 12 years Alex Bourne

The singer’s dress featured an elasticated bodice and puffed sleeves, with Rachel accessorising her stylish look with dark sunglasses, a silver chain and a large black handbag. 

Rachel swept her brunette tresses into a simple up do, while she opted for a neutral make-up palette for the outing.

The Some Girls hitmaker appeared in good spirits despite announcing earlier this month that she’s calling it quits with husband Alex after almost 13 years of marriage. 

Shock: Rachel announced earlier this month that she'd split from husband Alex

Shock: Rachel announced earlier this month that she’d split from husband Alex 

The singer let her fans know of the sad news via social media, she wrote: ‘I just wanted to share with you all that after time and consideration the difficult decision has been made for Alex and I to separate.

‘While we are no longer partners in marriage, we will remain partners in parenthood to our beautiful girls and continue with love and respect for each other.

‘I feel so incredibly grateful for the life we built together and will now continue to be focused on moving forward united as a family.’

Single: The former S Club 7 star, 44, was without her wedding ring as she enjoyed a low-key solo shopping trip in East London

Single: The former S Club 7 star, 44, was without her wedding ring as she enjoyed a low-key solo shopping trip in East London

Stylish: Rachel looked radiant in a brown cut-out summer dress and strappy heels as she made her way down the street amid news of her relationship breakdown

Shopping: Rachel cut a very chic figure as she stepped out following the split

Stylish: Rachel looked radiant in a brown cut-out summer dress and strappy heels as she made her way down the street amid news of her relationship breakdown

Fashion: The singer's dress featured an elasticated bodice and puffed sleeves, with Rachel accessorising her stylish look with dark sunglasses, a silver chain and a large black handbag

Fashion: The singer’s dress featured an elasticated bodice and puffed sleeves, with Rachel accessorising her stylish look with dark sunglasses, a silver chain and a large black handbag

The couple were due to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary next month. 

Rachel and Alex, who were childhood sweethearts, married at Claridge’s in London in 2009.

The pair walked down the aisle to S Club 7’s hit Never Had A Dream Come True and her bandmates – Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole and Tina Barrett – were there to watch them say ‘I do’.

Radiant: Rachel swept her brunette tresses into a simple up do, while she opted for a neutral make-up palette for the outing

Radiant: Rachel swept her brunette tresses into a simple up do, while she opted for a neutral make-up palette for the outing

Woes: The Some Girls hitmaker appeared in good spirits despite announcing earlier this month that she's calling it quits with husband Alex after almost 13 years of marriage

Woes: The Some Girls hitmaker appeared in good spirits despite announcing earlier this month that she’s calling it quits with husband Alex after almost 13 years of marriage

Rachel and Alex share two children, Amelie, 11, and Minnie, eight.  

Rachel recently spoke out about re-meeting her childhood sweetheart, Alex. 

The former pop star discussed her defining life moments as she recalled ‘randomly’ bumping into her former boyfriend repeatedly. 

Milestone: The couple were due to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary next month (pictured in 2011)

Milestone: The couple were due to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary next month (pictured in 2011) 

Rachel detailed how it was ‘like they were being pulled back to each other’ on Roxie Nafousi’s The Moments That Made Me podcast.

She said: ‘We were childhood sweethearts. We went out with each other when we were 12, we met at youth club and I was besotted with him!

‘We went out for probably about four weeks and when you’re that age that was a really long time!’ 

The blonde beauty explained how the pair used to be in the same social groups growing up together in North London.

Change: Former S Club 7 star Rachel took to her Instagram Stories to let her fans know of the sad news

Change: Former S Club 7 star Rachel took to her Instagram Stories to let her fans know of the sad news

Detailing their love story, she continued: ‘We then went on dates again when we were like 16 and then again when we were 18 and then we parted ways, you know, obviously I went off and did my thing he went off and did his thing.

‘Years and years later, I was in Selfridges randomly and he walked in and we bumped into each other. 

‘We were both in our late 20s and weirdly he said as he was walking in, I know I’m going to see you, he knew he was going to see me…’

Family: Rachel and Alex later welcomed two daughters Amelie, 11, and Minnie, eight (both pictured)

Family: Rachel and Alex later welcomed two daughters Amelie, 11, and Minnie, eight (both pictured)

Sweethearts: Rachel said: 'We went out with each other when we were 12, we met at youth club and I was besotted with him! We went out for probably about four weeks'

Sweethearts: Rachel said: ‘We went out with each other when we were 12, we met at youth club and I was besotted with him! We went out for probably about four weeks’

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