Rachel Stevens’ marriage from Hollyoaks heartache, twist of fate and love at 12

Dancing On Ice Star Rachel Stevens has taken to the ice like a pro after joining the cast of the show for 2022.

The glamorous former pop star rose to fame in the '00s as part of pop group S Club 7 – but it wasn't her singing that gained her the most attention.

Rachel gained popularity thanks to her stunning good looks that won her an army of fans – and even a few coveted awards.

During her S Club heyday, she regularly graced the pages of lads mags sending pulses racing throughout the country, and was even named FHM Magazine's Sexiest Woman In The World.

Finding her true love

Bagging a date with Rachel was akin to winning the lottery and her admirers were left disappointed when she began dating and got engaged to hunky Hollyoaks actor Jeremy Edwards.

However, after four years together their romance hit the rocks and Rachel found herself single again, but it wasn't long before she rediscovered the love of her life Alex Bourne.

Rachel and Alex were childhood sweethearts and began dating when they were just 12 years old.

Childhood sweethearts

She explained how they met and how their romance blossomed into a happy marriage during a chat on Loose Women last year.

She said: "We were boyfriend and girlfriend when we were 12.

“We were boyfriend and girlfriend on and off during our teens until I got into the band, and he went off and did his stuff.

"Then we bumped into each other randomly in our late twenties, and at that point, I'd sworn off men, but it was really lovely to see him.”

Rachel had just split up with Jeremy and was off men for a while when fate brought actor Alex back into her life.

She explained: "I was going off to LA at the time, but then we reconnected. We obviously had all of that history and now, the rest is history.”

The couple tied the knot swanky London hotel Claridges in 2009 after their rekindled romance went from strength to strength.

They now have two children together, Amelie, 10, and Minnie, six.

On Valentine's Day last year, Rachel shared a touching tribute to her husband as she shared a series of images from throughout their lives together.

She wrote: “Puppy love, young love, first love, true love, forever and always love. @alexbeebourne Happy Valentine’s Day."

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