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Ricki-Lee Coulter reveals she never wanted to marry her first husband at 21, but felt pressured for one sad reason


Ricki-Lee Coulter has lifted the lid on her disastrous first marriage to Jamie Babbington.

The Australian Idol star, 38, tied the knot with the Gold Coast builder in 2007 when she was 21, but now admits she never wanted to walk down the aisle.

Ricki-Lee started dating Jamie when she was just 15 and he was 23.

The marriage lasted just over a year, and the singer’s publicist released a statement at the time confirming that they had split due to ‘distance and time apart’.

Ricki-Lee discussed her failed first marriage on her Nova FM radio show on Monday, telling co-hosts Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey that she actually wanted to break up with Jamie before he proposed.

Ricki-Lee Coulter, 38, (pictured) has revealed she never wanted to marry her first husband Jamie Babbington (right) aged 21, but felt pressured after he proposed in front of his family on holiday.

«I got married really young, I got married when I was 21 and I was with this guy, but it just wasn’t a great relationship,» she lamented.

«I was trying to figure out a way to break up with him and I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.»

Ricki-Lee then recalled the awkward moment when Jamie proposed to her in front of his family.

Ricki-Lee discussed her failed first marriage on her Nova FM radio show on Monday, telling co-hosts Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey that she actually wanted to break up with Jamie before he proposed.

Ricki-Lee discussed her failed first marriage on her Nova FM radio show on Monday, telling co-hosts Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey that she actually wanted to break up with Jamie before he proposed.

«I was young, I didn’t want it, you know, but then he proposed to me in front of his whole family on holiday in New Zealand,» she said.

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“And at that point I was literally trying to figure out how to break up with him.

In 2014, the Can’t Touch It hitmaker made headlines after she opened up about the «awkward» moment she realized her relationship with her teenage love was over.

In an interview on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, Ricki-Lee she admitted to secretly crying during one of their last intimate moments together in bed.

“It was like… I don’t really love you anymore and this is embarrassing. I cried secretly.’

In the same year, Ricki-Lee also admitted that her strong feelings about remaining childless may have partly led to the breakup of her first marriage.

Ricki-Lee, whose difficult early childhood is behind her decision not to have children, told Fitzy and Wipp on Nova FM that she felt «pressure» to have children with Jamie before they split.

«I was young, I didn’t want it, you know, but then he proposed to me in front of his whole family on holiday in New Zealand,» she said.

«The hardest part was I stupidly got married when I was 21 and he really wanted them (kids),» she revealed.

“And I felt pressured that he wanted to have kids and that I might change how I felt about it and the things I wanted to do in my life to make him happy.

«My ex wanted like seven kids, and I was like, ‘Come on, girlfriend. No chance. Have a great time and find someone to have seven children with you!’

Ricki-Lee started dating her manager Richard Harrison in 2009 and the couple tied the knot in 2015.

Ricki-Lee started dating her manager Richard Harrison (right) in 2009 and the couple tied the knot in 2015.

Ricki-Lee started dating her manager Richard Harrison (right) in 2009 and the couple tied the knot in 2015.

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