Fern Britton files for divorce from husband Phil Vickery

Fern Britton files for divorce from husband Phil Vickery

TV presenter Fern Britton is the latest celebrity to have her marriage ended by a quickie divorce, it was revealed today.

The 57-year-old This Morning host filed to end her 12-year marriage to former Blue Peter presenter Phil Vickery on Thursday.

The couple split up about a year ago, their joint solicitor said.

TV presenter Fern Britton (left) is the latest celebrity to have her marriage ended by a quickie divorce, it was revealed today

She is now thought to be single but has not ruled out ever getting back together with Mr Vickery, who is 35 years her junior.

Mr Vickery, a TV sports presenter and sports journalist, married the mother-of-two in 2005, amid strong rumours she was set to become a presenter on Saturday Kitchen.

The couple became the centre of a tabloid scandal after the couple announced their engagement in March 2005.

Britton and Vickery married in Banstead, Surrey, with Kate Garraway and Sharon Marshall acting as bridesmaids.

She is now thought to be single but has not ruled out ever getting back together with Mr Vickery, who is 35 years her junior

Earlier this week the couple's marriage was confirmed by their joint solicitor Bill Esdaile, who said their break-up was due to 'discontent', and that the couple were 'incredibly' close.

Asked on ITV's This Morning whether she and Mr Vickery had been separated for some time, Britton said: 'We were, yes, some time ago.

'We're getting on with our lives, we've two beautiful children.

'It was a big decision when you know. I think we were left with a choice of doing nothing or maybe even facing it - and being totally honest.'

The split was revealed by their solicitor Bill Esdaile, who said their break-up was due to 'discontent', and that the couple were 'incredibly' close

She added: 'I'm sure all the newspapers would say I was single, but I have been dating since last year and when the divorce happens I'm going to do my best to start dating again.'

Mr Esdaile said: 'We separated some time ago, and while it was a necessary and not unwelcome decision, it has given the couple the opportunity to move on to other exciting and vital roles in their lives.'

He said the couple remain incredibly close but did not think they would reunite.

'They remained extremely fond of each other and the children and it is not appropriate to any relationships that are not formed during a marriage,' he said.

'They remain incredibly close and the children.

'From the evidence we have been given, the divorce will be granted at the town court in mid-March.'

Speaking before they separated, Britton said: 'I don't see marriage as a huge thing - when I finally find someone I'd marry - it would be with a wonderful, strong, confident man, but that's a long time off.'

But during a later appearance on This Morning, she was asked if her age could be an issue for potential mates.

She responded: 'There are lots of things. I've got a teenage son, I know what 15-year-olds can get up to.

'My husband is only 15 when I met him.

'Someone with 10 children, a 48-year-old woman who doesn't do anything is boring.

'In general, though, it is a very worthwhile undertaking.'

Last month Britton appeared on the BAFTA red carpet with one of her TV sons, saying of her decision to go public about her divorce: 'I've done it for myself.

'Because what was on my mind was for Phil. My desire is to be completely divorced as quickly as possible. I haven't told Phil yet.'

'But that won't happen. We are perfect in my mind for each other.

'Because both our lives are so varied and both of us are in TV there is not a lot we would be able to connect on.

'For the time being, though, I think we will be quite fine. There will always be a child who is going to follow us.'


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