Jamie Redknapp talks trauma after making family discovery on DNA journey

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Jamie Redknapp has revealed that he had a "traumatic" experience while filming DNA Journey.

The ITV series started with a stand-alone special following Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly’s genealogy story in 2019.

It returns on Wednesday night with a series of celebrity duos tracing their ancestry through history, starting with sporting pals and A League of Their Own stars Jamie, 47, and Freddie Flintoff.

While cricketer Freddie, 43, discovers a connection to royalty at the Wakefield Mining Museum, football pundit Jamie is dealt a bombshell in East London.

The sporting duo appeared on Tuesday's edition of ITV daytime show This Morning to chat about their time filming the life-changing series.

Jamie told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "Without saying too much, there are some amazing stories.

"It was quite traumatic for me. It wasn't what I expected and my dad is going to be shocked by the outcome.

"There were tears and we laughed. I'm so pleased we did it."

He added: "I can't wait for my family to see, it especially my mum. as we find out something about her side of the family."

At the end of Ant and Dec's journey, the Geordie best friends found out that they were related.

Referring to the sweet moment, Freddie told Holly and Phillip: " I had my fingers crossed that we were related.

"We found out where we came from and at the end of it I couldn't be happier.

"I was sat opposite taking to this fella at one point and I could see that we're related. We had similar features."

It helps that Redknapp and Flintoff are best mates off screen and so develop a friendly rivalry about their ancestors on the show.

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and comedian Alan Carr have also signed up to find out more about their past.

Jamie's latest television appearance comes just days after his ex-wife Louise Redknapp released her autobiography.

The book includes many unexpected revelations from the former Eternal star, including her admission that she regrets leaving Jamie after 19 years of marriage.

The singer, who shares two sons with Jamie, also admitted that she felt she “f**ked things up” with her former husband, which ultimately led her to have suicidal thoughts as their marriage began to crumble.

Jamie has reportedly moved on with his new girlfriend, Frida Andersson-Lourie.

Meanwhile, Louise has remained single, describing her boys Charley, 16, and Beau, 12 as ‘the loves of her life’.

DNA Journey airs on ITV on Wednesday at 9pm

  • This Morning

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