Declan Donnelly’s ex Clare Buckfield vows to stand by Lisa Armstrong following emergence of Ant McPartlin’s new romance with PA Anne-Marie Corbett
- News emerged over the weekend that Ant has been enjoying a new romance with his personal assistant Anne-Marie
- The star’s ex wife Lisa, 42, told fans that she found out about the relationship via newspaper coverage
- An insider has revealed that Lisa has been left furious by the fling, which is believed to have started amid his drink-driving woes over the last few months
- Dec’s ex Clare has now said she will ‘always’ make sure Lisa is ‘OK’ on Twitter
Declan Donnelly’s ex has has revealed she is ‘team Lisa Armstrong’, following the emergence of her estranged husband Ant McPartlin’s new romance.
On Monday Clare Buckfield, 41, made her allegiance to Lisa known on Twitter – twenty four hours after the make-up artist revealed her heartache over Ant’s relationship with his personal assistant Anne-Marie Corbett.
According to the Mirror the actress, who split from Dec in 2003, told Lisa she would ‘be OK’ in time, and assured she would ‘always’ be there for her.
Support: Declan Donnelly’s ex Clare Buckfield revealed she is ‘team Lisa Armstrong’, following the emergence of Ant McPartlin’s new romance (Clare, Dec, Lisa and Ant in 2001, L-R)
The site reports that Clare, who shot to fame in BBC sitcom 2point4 children, retweeted a message sent to Lisa on Monday.
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The post read: ‘Love you doll – you’ll be OK promise. Me and Clare Buckfield will make sure of that.’
Clearly agreeing with the user, the television star simply replied: ‘Always’, followed by a kiss emoji.
Comforting: The actress, who split from Dec in 2003, told Lisa she would ‘be OK’ in time, and assured she would ‘always’ be there for her (Ant, Lisa, Clare and Dec in 2002, L-R)
Happier times: Clare dated Dec for ten years, but they parted ways in 2003 amid rumours the presenter had cheated on her with a lap dancer (pictured in 2001)
Grange Hill star Clare dated Dec for ten years, but they parted ways in 2003 amid rumours the presenter had cheated on her with a lap dancer, following a boozy night out in a club.
However, Clare forged a firm friendship with Lisa during the romance, and is believed to have rushed to her side when Ant filed for divorce back in January.
Ant’s new romance with his PA emerged on Saturday – causing Lisa to vent her devastation on Twitter, as Anne-Marie had been a friend during their marriage.
According to The Sun, the 42-year-old is now keen to take ‘every penny’ from her ex in their divorce battle, in the wake of her heartache.
Heartbroken: Ant’s new romance with Anne-Marie Corbett emerged on Saturday – five months after he filed for divorce from Lisa (pictured together in 2015)
An insider told the paper that Lisa has been left furious by the fling, which is believed to have started amid his drink-driving woes over the last few months.
Lisa allegedly told her friends after the news broke: ‘The gloves are off. I will take him for every penny.”
With the PA a friend of the former couple, the source added: ‘Lisa has suspected something was going on for quite some time and feels let down by Anne-Marie.’
MailOnline has contacted Lisa’s representatives for further comment.
Devastating: Lisa has now allegedly told pals ‘the gloves are off’ in their divorce battle, after being left heartbroken by his romance with their long-time PA and friend (Anne-Marie above)
Personal assistant Anne-Marie was seen for the first time since the romance emerged on Sunday.
The 42-year-old kept a low profile in jeans and dark sunglasses as she arrived back at her home in New Malden on Sunday, hours after news of their relationship emerged.
Heartbroken by the news, Lisa took to Twitter to criticise her ex-husband’s new girlfriend of ‘breaking girl code’ by dating the troubled star.
Lisa revealed to her 122,000 followers that she invited Anne-Marie into their marital home and the woman had been both hers and Ant’s personal assistant.
Furious: Lisa later took to Twitter to criticise her friend Anne-Marie (pictured together in happier times) and accuse her of breaking the ‘girl code’ by dating the troubled star
The news is believed to have devastated make-up artist Lisa, who was with Ant for 18 years. At 5am Sunday morning she tweeted a broken heart emoji, signifying her upset.
Lisa then went on to reveal that she did not know about the romance and had only found out about the new relationship after reading about it in the media.
The 42-year-old I’m A Celebrity host announced his separation from Lisa earlier this year, with the pair filing for divorce in January.
Since the breakdown of the couple’s relationship, Ant has increasingly leaned on personal assistant Anne-Marie, who herself broke up with her husband in October.
‘Nope!’: Lisa revealed TV star Ant did not bother to get in touch with her after finding love with their former friend
Speaking out: Ant’s new relationship is believed to have rocked make-up artist Lisa, who tweeted a broken heart emoji at 5am this morning, hours after the news was first unveiled
Anne-Marie was present when Ant arrived at a police station in March to answer drink driving charges, and was also at his later court hearing.
After a Twitter follower asked whether or not she had been warned by Ant before it appeared in the media, she replied: ‘Nope. Just how you guys did.’
She then received a tweet of support from TV personality Nicola McLean, before replying: ‘Thanks babe and to think she was MY friend!! xx’
Another follower said ‘so much for the girl code’, to which Lisa answered: ‘Exactly!’
Lisa then replied to a follower to say that Anne-Marie was her friend and personal assistant to both her and Ant, adding that she let her ‘into OUR home’.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘He’s had a tough time of it, but Anne-Marie has put a smile back on his face again – she has been his rock.
Standing by her: Lisa received a tweet of support from TV personality Nicola McLean, before replying: ‘Thanks babe and to think she was MY friend!! xx’
Furious: Lisa then replied to a follower to say that Anne-Marie was her friend and personal assistant to both her and Ant, adding that she let her ‘into OUR home’
Anne-Marie and Ant having fun with the dog out in a nearby talk. Their romance is said to be in its ‘early days’
‘Put him back together’: Anne-Marie reportedly bought the TV host ‘back from the brink’ after his drink-drive charge and admission to rehab
Romance? The embattled TV presenter, 42, is said to have grown close to ‘his rock’ Anne, also 42, over the past few months
‘They have been living in each other’s pockets, day in, day out. Knowing someone is there for him has brought him back from the brink — she’s put him back together again.’
The source added their alleged romance was ‘early days’ but friends close to the star are hoping he can put his woes behind him and ‘find happiness again’ with the separated mum.
MailOnline has contacted Ant’s representatives for comment.
Just last week, Ant looked in high spirits as he was seen indulging in a spot of retail therapy with his PA at Harrods, Knightbridge.
The television host emerged from the famous luxury department story and headed to an awaiting vehicle with Anne, who was joined by her two young children, who she shares with her ex-husband Scott.
Anne-Marie has been employed by the same London-based management company as Declan Donnelly’s wife Ali Astall for ten years but began working closely with Ant only recently, according to The Sun.
Anne-Marie Corbett is pictured on the day that Ant arrived at court to face drink driving charges in April
Duo: His casual sighting at Harrods with Anne comes after Simon Cowell said he wants Ant to return for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent
His rumoured romance comes after Simon Cowell said that he wants Ant to return for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent.
BGT’s live final and semis went ahead without Ant for the first time in the show’s 11-year history.
Simon told The Sun: ‘It’s a wake-up call. It’s as simple as that. Maybe the pressure was more than I realised. I will support Ant when he comes back.
The music mogul, 58 has vowed to put psychiatrists in place to support him, after admitting he didn’t appreciate the pressure he was under before the rehab stint.
Ant stepped down from his presenting commitments when he was charged with drink-driving following a three car crash.
He was fined £86,000 and banned from the road for 20 months, after he was caught more than twice the legal limit following a crash in Richmond in March- with his mother in the car.
The presenter pleaded guilty to driving with 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath, after his involvement in a three-car collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms
Solo act: Britain’s Got Talent’s live final and semis went ahead without Ant for the first time in the show’s 11-year history, with Dec hosting solo (pictured with BGT winner Lost Voice Guy)
McPartlin was arrested after losing control of his black Mini and smashing into two other cars, a Mini and a BMW, while driving in Richmond, west London on March 18.
The crash came after he formally announced he was divorcing his wife Lisa Armstrong after 19 years together.
Their decision to get divorced was announced in January, within weeks of the presenter’s return from Australia after filming I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Ant’s spokesman said at the time: ‘In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
‘Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.’
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