Ant McPartlin’s ex Lisa Armstrong is pictured putting on a cosy display with her ‘new love interest during a park date’… four months after ‘£31m divorce’
Ant McPartlin’s ex Lisa Armstrong is thought to be dating someone new, four months after her £31m divorce from the TV presenter.
The makeup artist, 43, is said to have met her new reported beau, James Green, before lockdown but started seeing him properly once restrictions started to ease.
In pictures obtained by The Sun, Lisa appears to be in good spirits as she giggles with James and leans in for a hug while they sit in a London park.
New love? Lisa Armstrong is reported to have moved on from her divorce with Ant McPartlin and found love with a new man James Green (pictured in April 2019)
An onlooker told the publication: ‘She and James both looked really happy. They were very lovey-dovey — as you are in the early stages of romance.
‘They were chatting intently, holding hands, and she was laughing a lot. They made no effort to disguise their feelings.’
Lisa and Ant’s beloved dog Hurley was also with them during the ‘park date’, with James holding onto the pooches’ lead as they strolled around.
The former couple finalised their divorce back in April after their split in January 2018 following the presenter’s highly documented battle with painkillers and alcohol.
All over: The makeup artist and TV presenter finalised their divorce back in April after their split in January 2018 (pictured on their wedding day in 2006)
Earlier this year, Saturday Night Takeaway host Ant was reported to have handed over £31 million to Lisa, including their £5 million home in West London, after an ‘eight-hour negotiation’.
The beauty expert was said to have been the ‘peacemaker’ during a recent eight-hour long discussion about her divorce from the TV star, claimed The Sun.
The publication first alleged the TV veteran offered up more than half of his estimated £50m fortune, but was ‘delighted’ that the case has come to an end as he can ‘move on’, two years after announcing their split.
However, as the news broke, the former Deuce musician took to Twitter to deny the reports, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’
Dog parents: Ant and Lisa were said to be on civil terms earlier this year as they continue to share custody of their beloved pet Labrador, Hurley (pictured with Hurley in March 2016)
Denial: Back in January Lisa took to Twitter to shut down claims about the details of her divorce from Ant, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’
She went to ‘like’ tweets that stated: ‘no amount of money could ever compensate for what this poor girl has had to endure’, and ‘Get what you can!
‘You deserve it! Terrible treatment of you since you found out when we did! And with a so called friend! It’s heartbreaking behaviour.
‘I bet the money means nothing in some respects, it certainly can’t buy the respect she deserves or make up for the sh***y spineless way he scurried off & tried to silence her.
‘Whatever the sum is I’m sure it will be put to much better use & I wish her all the best’; and ‘Why do people care what you get, no amount of money big or small can change the fact a heart was broken’. [sic]
Moving on: Ant is now dating Anne-Marie Corbett (pictured together in November 2019)
Supportive fans: The former singer went on to like tweets that stated ‘no amount of money’ would be compensation for her experience in the months during the proceedings
At the start of 2020 Ant and Lisa were said to be on civil terms, with the exes speaking have ‘without an intermediary’ as they continue to share custody of their beloved pet Labrador, Hurley.
Late last year, friends of the former couple told The Mail On Sunday that despite efforts by Ant to keep their split low-key, Lisa still wanted her day in court.
Lisa, a make-up artist on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, is understood to have felt that Ant ‘got away with a lot’ following their split.
She was also believed to be dismayed and deeply hurt that he moved on so quickly when he started a new relationship with Anne-Marie.
Future? An onlooker told The Sun that Lisa and James ‘looked really happy. They were very lovey-dovey — as you are in the early stages of romance’
A source close to the couple said: ‘Ant has been very generous in terms of the financial settlement but Lisa is totally the opposite of someone who is motivated by money.
‘She doesn’t care about that – she earns her own. But she has been so hurt by all of this.
‘What the general public and his fans don’t realise is that Ant’s decision to end the marriage came after years of Lisa trying to save him from himself.
‘There were at least three years when she was at her wits’ end and it was tough. Watching him move on was very, very difficult. Lisa is very much aware that a judge may not award her as much as Ant is offering but she doesn’t care.
‘She has suffered tremendously in all of this and she wants her day in court.’
Their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing in October 2018, finalising over a decade of marriage.
Ant and Lisa met at a roadshow in Newcastle in the mid-1990s while Lisa was an aspiring pop star in Deuce. He had often spoken of their struggle to have children.
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong’s relationship timeline
Ant and Lisa first met in 1994. At the time Ant and life-long TV partner Declan Donnelly were reaching new TV and music heights as PJ & Duncan following their stint on Byker Grove. Lisa was in a band called Deuce at the time.
The pair met in the 1994 Smash Hits tour in Newcastle, where Lisa’s Deuce performed alongside Ant and Dec’s musical alter-egos.
They started dating and were together for over ten years before Ant decided to take it to the next level, proposing to Lisa while on holiday in Dubai in 2005.
Struggles: In 2013, Ant and Lisa spoke about their struggles to conceive, telling Radio Times, ‘Lisa and I would love to have kids. We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think’
They were married in 2006 on July 26 at a country house hotel in Buckinghamshire. Dec was Ant’s best man.
In that time, Deuce split and Lisa retrained as a makeup artist, ultimately working her way up to become head of makeup and hair for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
In 2013, Ant and Lisa spoke about their struggles to conceive, telling Radio Times: ‘Lisa and I would love to have kids. We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think when you get a bit older.’
The TV star also revealed that he wasn’t holding off from having children until Dec, who at the time was single at the time, was with someone.
‘There’s a rumour that we do everything together and I’m holding off having kids till Dec finds himself Mrs Right. I love that idea, but I’m afraid it’s not true.’
Happier times: The pair made a public appearance when they attended Dec’s wedding to Ali Astall, where Ant returned the favour and served as Dec’s best man
He also told Fabulous Magazine: ‘I think I’m lucky. Lisa works in the industry and understands it. She’s constantly working – sometimes more than me!
‘We would love to have a family so fingers crossed. If we’re blessed with children, then we’d be over the moon!’
The pair made a public appearance when they attended Dec’s wedding to Ali Astall, where Ant returned the favour and served as Dec’s best man.
Lisa frequently supports Ant and his lucrative TV career, most recently attending the 2017 National Television Awards—just 12 months before the couple announced their separation.
In June 2017, Ant went into rehab for alcohol and drug addiction.
In a statement to The Sun at the time, Ant said: ‘The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I’ve let people down. I’m truly sorry. I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I’m truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.’
Lisa took to Twitter to thank the support her husband received: ‘Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support it means so much. I’m relieved he’s receiving the help he needs, we just need him better.’
Ant then told the Sun about the impact his addiction had on Lisa: I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you. I’m very sorry about the effect it has on partners. This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage. All I can say at the moment is that she’s been amazing — fantastic throughout.’
In autumn 2017, rumours of a split emerged after Lisa didn’t accompany Ant to Australia for I’m A Celeb, something which she quickly denied, pointing out she has a job and hasn’t been to Australia for years.
On January 14, 2018, the couple announced that their 11-year marriage has ended.
The couple announced their split in January when a representative said: ‘In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after eleven years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
In March 2018, Anne-Marie Corbett, the couple’s personal assistant was seen giving Ant a packed lunch outside his house. She accompanied him to his court date in April.
The pair continue to be seen over the next several months, and in June 2018, having revealed that she didn’t know Ant and Corbett were dating, Lisa accused Ant’s new girlfriend of ‘breaking the girl code’ by dating the TV star.
In October 2018, just days before their divorce application was granted, Ant was seen holding his phone, which has him and Corbett as the screensaver.
Their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing.
In November 2018, the pair were said to be fighting over custody of their pet labrador, Hurley
In January 2020, Ant and Lisa were said to have finalised their divorce deal
Ant agreed to hand over £31m to his ex-wife in the settlement, including their £5million former marital home in West London
The couple will share custody of pet dog Hurley
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