Inside the tragic death that sparked Rachel Stevens split from Jeremy Edwards

Rachel Stevens is currently getting prepared for her first skate on Dancing On Ice, after joining the 2022 show.

And the stunning singer will no doubt be cheered on by her daughters Amelie and Minnie, and husband Alex Bourne.

Rachel rose to fame as one-seventh of noughties pop band S Club 7 which led to her being voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World.

However, despite being one of the most lusted after women in showbiz, Rachel is far from single and is happily married to her childhood sweetheart.

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Before her hubby Alex, Rachel was engaged to Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards.

They got engaged after 18 months together over a romantic meal at The Dorchester in 2002.

At the time, Rachel shared: "I really didn't have a clue he was going to do it and am thrilled to pieces. We are both so happy."

Then tragedy hit as Jeremy's co-star Laura Sadler fell 40ft to her death after watching the sunrise at her boyfriend's home in Holland Park.

She was just 22 at the time and died from head injuries she had sustained from the fall, leaving Jeremy and the rest of the cast devastated.

He told the BBC at the time: "Everybody in the cast is completely devastated and is asking the same question, 'Why her?'

"You couldn’t meet a sweeter, nicer, more wonderful girl. She was the kindest person and even actor friends of mine who did just one episode with her are mortified. She was just the loveliest little thing."

After her death, the star turned to drink and this then put a strain on his relationship with Rachel.

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He told Heat: "It was a tough time for me. After Laura's death I got really messed up. I was drinking a hell of a lot and got seriously depressed.

"It really shook me up. Losing such a close friend pushed me off the rails and sadly Rachel got caught up in my mess.

"It was at this point she confronted me about my problems and we agreed to have a break."

Plans for their wedding were put on hold, and after a month of not speaking Jeremy "realised what [his] behaviour was making [him] lose."

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Then in 2004, with Rachel's busy S Club schedule making wedding plans even harder, the couple decided to call it quits for good.

Speaking on the Soap From the Box podcast, Jeremy discussed the money they were offered for their wedding photos.

He said: "We were offered stupid amounts of money to sell our wedding photos, honeymoon photos and our first born, and I turned it down. I just thought, 'This is ridiculous'.

"I wish I'd done it. I could've made a s***load of money and had a bit more privacy. I'd be living in The Bahamas or something."

Rachel is now happily married with her hubby Alex, and opening up on their love story she once 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 was fresh from calling off her engagement to actor Jeremy Edwards following four years of dating.

However, after reconnecting with Alex, who works as an actor, it wasn’t long before they were a couple again.

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