Ant McPartlin, 47, and his ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, 46, are in a fresh custody battle over their chocolate labrador Hurley – despite agreeing to share the dog following their acrimonious £31m divorce
Their bitter divorce dominated headlines and resulted in a multi-million pound payout three years ago.
But it seems Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong’s acrimonious split is not yet over, as they are battling for custody of their chocolate labrador, Hurley.
The pair agreed to share the dog after their marriage collapsed five years ago. But The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the arrangement is now being disputed, with Ms Armstrong telling her ex-husband she wants Hurley to live with her full-time.
McPartlin, 47, now lives with his new wife – and former personal assistant – Anne-Marie Corbett, and has added two maltipoos (Maltese and poodle crossbreeds), called Milo and Bumble, to his family.
The fact he has two dogs of his own has prompted Ms Armstrong, 46, to request Hurley lives with her permanently. It is understood the Saturday Night Takeaway star is refusing to give up shared custody.
It seems Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong’s acrimonious split is not yet over, as they are battling for custody of their chocolate labrador, Hurley
The pair agreed to share the dog after their marriage collapsed five years ago. Pictured: Lisa Armstrong with Hurley
Currently, the dog spends half the time living at McPartlin’s £6 million mansion in Wimbledon, South-West London, and the other half at Ms Armstrong’s West London home, with the TV presenter’s chauffeur reportedly doing the handover so the exes don’t have to see each other.
A source close to McPartlin said: ‘Lisa has asked to have Hurley but Ant is saying no. He has two more dogs now, a new wife and two stepdaughters, but still he wants joint custody. It has led to some difficult conversations between Ant and Lisa. It’s all very sad. Ant has been able to move on, get remarried and get two more dogs. Lisa has been left to pick up the pieces.’
Hurley was adopted by the couple in 2013 while they struggled to conceive a child. During their divorce battle, Ant is said to have told lawyers: ‘She can have anything she wants – except the dog.’ And in an interview at the time he said: ‘There’s a loyalty and a love and a companionship with Hurley that you can’t describe. We still share quite evenly. Hurley’s welfare comes first and we both love him very much.’
Meanwhile Lisa is said to refer to Hurley as her ‘baby boy’.
Ms Armstrong and McPartlin met at a concert in the mid-1990s, when McPartlin was performing with his on-screen partner Declan Donnelly as PJ & Duncan.
Currently, the dog spends half the time living at McPartlin’s £6 million mansion in Wimbledon, South-West London, and the other half at Ms Armstrong’s (pictured) West London home
But in 2018 McPartlin ended their marriage, shortly after he went to rehab for addiction issues. Ms Armstrong had stood by his side and supported him throughout his troubles. A few months later, he crashed his car head-on into another vehicle in Richmond, South-West London, while over the drink-drive limit.
It later emerged that McPartlin was in a relationship with Ms Corbett, now 46, who had been employed by the married couple as their personal assistant.
In their acrimonious divorce, it was reported that Ms Armstrong was given £31 million although sources say that figure was ‘much inflated’. Make-up artist Ms Armstrong, who works on Strictly Come Dancing, is now in a relationship with artist James Green.
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