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, 37, 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, who has also gone through a divorce,and leans in for a hug while they sit in a London park.
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.
After pictures emerged of the couple a fan tweeted to Lisa: ‘Yes Lisa! He is fit! So chuffed for you, get in!!!’
Lisa retweeted the message with her 142,000 followers and added three smiley face emojis. She also liked another tweet from a fan that told her : ‘You f***ing Queen.’
Lisa and Ant finalised their divorce back in April after their split in January 2018 following the presenter’s highly documented battle with painkillers and alcohol.
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….’
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]
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.
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.