Ant McPartlin’s ex-wife Lisa Armstrong appeared happier than ever as she was seen enjoying an outdoor date with her rumoured new boyfriend James Green, 37, in London earlier this week, four months after her ‘£31 million’ divorce from the TV icon.
The make-up artist, 43, put on a cosy display with her handsome companion as they hugged and giggled while taking her beloved Labrador Hurley – who she shares with presenter Ant, 44 – for a walk in a local park.
Former Deuce member Lisa is said to have found love again with her fellow divorcee after officially ending her marriage to the ITV star in April, while he continues his relationship with his former personal assistant and his girlfriend of two years, Anne-Marie Corbett, 43.
Lisa and James engaged in a cosy conversation as they chatted on a bench while sipping on Lucozade and beer respectively.
The duo couldn’t take their eyes off each other as they relished in the sunny weather of the capital, alongside her pet pooch, who turned seven in June.
Lisa and her ‘new man’ coordinated in navy as she opted for a flowy summer dress, while the hunk wore a jacket, a T-shirt and khaki green shorts.
Sporty shoes complemented the pair’s outfits, with Lisa sweeping her cropped tresses into a half up half down style and James finishing things off with rounded sunglasses.
The blonde is said to have met her reported beau James before lockdown but started seeing him properly once restrictions started to ease.
An onlooker told The Sun: ‘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.’
After the pictures of the couple emerged, a fan wrote to Lisa on Twitter: ‘Yes Lisa! He is fit! So chuffed for you, get in!!!’
The head of make-up and hair for Strictly Come Dancing seemed to confirm their relationship as she 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.’ MailOnline has contacted Lisa’s representatives for further comment.
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.
The beauty expert was said to have been the ‘peacemaker’ during an 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 £50 million 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 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, the former couple were said to be on civil terms, with the exes speaking have ‘without an intermediary’ as they continue to share custody of their pet Labrador.
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. She 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. He can now marry his ‘rock’ Anne-Marie.
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.
The former Pick Me make-up supervisor has been keeping with her new romance after admitting she ‘hasn’t done anything for months’ as the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Lisa said she had had plenty of time on her hands while revealing she even called out her pal Piers Morgan over a live TV make-up gaffe.
Speaking to the Royal Television Society, she explained: ‘I haven’t done anything for months. People are having to do their own make-up.
Discussing Piers’ hilarious gaffe, she said: ‘When Piers [Morgan] did his for Good Morning Britain, I texted him and asked: ‘What the hell’s happened to you?’ People are now appreciating what make-up artists do.’