ITV Dancing On Ice: Rachel Stevens’ marriage to her childhood sweetheart, a famous ex-fiancée, and life after S Club 7 fame

Rachel Stevens will finally make her skating debut on Dancing On Ice.

The S Club 7 star missed his first appearance on the ITV skating show last weekend after picking up an injury.

Rachel, 43, suffered the injury last month that prevented her from joining the second group of celebrities, but she will finally hit the ice alongside professional partner Brendyn Hatfield on Sunday, where they will skate at Patti LaBelle’s Moulin Rouge rink.

The singer rose to fame as one-fifth of the pop group S Club 7 in the late 1990s, created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.

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The group, made up of Rachel, Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, and Tina Barrett, had hits with Reach, Never Had a Dream Come True, Don’t Stop Movin’, and Bring It All. Back, starred in multiple television series and movies based on the band.

But speaking to The Sun earlier this month, Rachel – who was 19 when the band started – revealed that she still has therapy to cope with her time in S Club 7.

She said: “You just push it down and go ahead and hold it. And that takes a bit of a toll.”

Rachel with her S Club 7 mates

“I spent a lot of time trying to learn how to undo that. It’s something I have to work on every day. I still talk to a therapist. That really helps.”

And one person who has been by her side throughout this process is her childhood sweetheart, Alex Bourne.

The couple first met and dated when Rachel was just 12 years old, but they drifted apart during her teenage years and grew apart, The Mirror reports.

However, they rekindled their romance after meeting again several years later.

The couple married in a lavish Jewish ceremony in 2009 and celebrated their 12th anniversary in 2021.

Rachel and Alex met at school.

Rachel previously said on ITV’s Loose Women: “We were boyfriend and girlfriend when we were 12. We were boyfriend and girlfriend on and off through our teenage years until I got into the band, and he went off and did his thing.”

“Then we ran into each other randomly in our early twenties, and at that point I had given up on men, but it was really lovely to see. But I was going to go to LA at the time, so no, but then we reconnected. Obviously we had all that history and now, the rest is history.

In May 2010, the couple revealed that they were expecting their first child, a girl named Amelie, and daughter Minnie, who arrived four years later.

Rachel rarely shares photos of her kids on social media, but she made an exception last year at a Father’s Day tribute to Alex.

The family posed for a couple of sweet snaps on the sofa in their family home with Rachel writing: “Happy Father’s Day to the best dad our daughters could wish for.

“We love you @alexleebourne.”

Before rekindling her romance with Alex, Rachele dated former Hollyoaks and Holby City star Jeremy Edwards.

The couple got engaged after 18 months together when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day 2002 at The Dorchester.

However, the couple split for good in 2004, with Jeremey previously telling Heat that Rachel got “caught up” in her “mess” after she turned to alcohol following the tragic death of her Holby co-star Laura Sadler.

As for Rachel’s career, after the disbandment of S Club, she gave her solo career a shot and released her debut solo album, Funky Dory, in September 2003.

Rachel and Jeremy were engaged

One of the album’s singles, Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex, peaked at number two in the UK, but their second album charted at number 28, and plans for a third were reportedly cancelled.

Rachel then disappeared from the public eye for a few years, until 2008 when she appeared on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

He teamed up with Vincent Simone and the pair came in second place.

Since then, Rachel has launched her own lifestyle brand and regularly shares great fashion photos on her Instagram page.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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