As Ant moves on with her friend, Lisa admits that she’s heartbroken…
After 23 years together – 11 of those as husband and wife – Ant McPartlin has made it very clear there’s no going back for him and Lisa Armstrong. In the latest, devastating blow to his wife, Ant has been romantically linked to his PA, Anne-Marie Corbett.
In a series of tweets, Lisa, 41, accused 42-year-old Ant of not even having the decency to tell her he’d moved on. Taking to Twitter as the story broke, make-up artist Lisa responded to fans’ good wishes and claimed she’d found out ‘just how you guys did’.
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When Celebrity BB star Nicola McLean tweeted, ‘Double blow, I’m so sorry I hope you’ve got some real friends to lean on xx,’ Lisa replied, ‘Thanks babe and to think she was MY friend!! xx,’ followed by two heartbroken emojis.
The news comes just weeks after Woman revealed how Lisa was hoping to ‘wipe the slate clean’ following Ant’s arrest for drink-driving and subsequent stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.
Over the past few months, Lisa has been sending a defiant message by wearing her wedding ring, despite the split. Earlier this month, she was pictured with the ring firmly in place and our source says she was hopeful that the marriage could be saved.
Now it looks like any hope of the childhood sweethearts starting over has been dashed.
As if watching the man you love move on so publicly wasn’t hard enough, it’s a double blow for Lisa as she watches her friend become romantically involved with her estranged husband – a bitter pill for anyone.
It’s thought that Ant and his assistant, Anne-Marie, grew close during his recent personal struggles, as an oblivious Lisa told friends how she hoped to work things out with him.
A source tells Woman, “She was very hopeful for a reconciliation, which is why she didn’t want to be part of the initial statement announcing their split.”
Ant’s decision to go public with a statement in January – without Lisa’s input – was perhaps the first indication that he was the driving force behind the separation and expected divorce.
Despite everything Ant’s put Lisa through, for the most part she’s remained incredibly loyal to him and our insider says Lisa still cares for Ant, who is, for now, still her husband.
Following Ant’s court appearance for drink-driving, during which he was fined £86,000, Lisa took to social media to respond to fans. She ‘liked’ tweets including one that read, ‘Thinking of you today,’ and another that said, ‘Sending you lots of love and hugs, thinking that you could probably do with them today #staystrong.’
Our source adds, “Lisa is a very caring person and she was with Ant for a long time. She hated seeing him in a bad place. Him moving on was never going to be easy for her.”
Lisa’s public dismay over his relationship news may have come as a shock to Ant. Some reports claim she’s told friends, “The gloves are off.”
But our source tells us, “Lisa’s a really good person, she isn’t about to become difficult. This was her husband and now he’s with her mate and that’s painful for anyone, let alone someone who found out about it from the front of a national newspaper. She needs to get over that before anything else.
“This is a woman who’s embarking on a new, single life and staring down the barrel of divorce, which is tough. For most people, that’s a daunting prospect.”