Ant McPartlin has allegedly agreed to give ex-wife Lisa Armstrong £31 million in their divorce settlement.
According to The Sun, the presenter, 44, offered up more than half of his estimated £50m fortune, but is ‘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, Lisa, 43, took to Twitter to deny the claims, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’
End of the relationship: Ant McPartlin has allegedly agreed to give ex-wife Lisa Armstrong £31 million in their divorce settlement (pictured in 2017)
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’.
The Sun has also claimed that she will keep the pair’s £5 million former marital home in West London, and the exes will share custody of their beloved pet Labrador, Hurley.
Reached an agreement? The publication also claimed that she will keep the pair’s £5 million former marital home in West London (pictured in 2001)
A source close to both sides told the paper: ‘Ant and Lisa agreed to settle and sign their divorce agreement during a productive and civil meeting on Tuesday.
‘Ant made a very generous settlement that works out to be more than half of everything that he has.
‘He is delighted because it means he can put what has been a very difficult chapter in his life behind him and move on.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant and Lisa for comment.
Denial: According to The Sun, the presenter, 44, offered up more than half of his estimated £50m fortune, yet
Supportive fans: Lisa went on to like tweets that stated ‘no amount of money’ would be compensation for her experience in recent months
The news comes two months after friends of the pair 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 feel that Ant ‘got away with a lot’ following their split in 2017.
She is also thought to be dismayed and deeply hurt that he moved on so quickly when he started a new relationship with his former personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett.
New love: Lisa was said to be dismayed and deeply hurt that he moved on so quickly when he started a new relationship with his former personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett
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.’
Happier times: The couple married in July 2006 and announced they were divorcing in January 2018. Their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing in October that year
Lisa, who hired Catherine Bedford, head of family law at legal firm Harbottle & Lewis, to represent her, is also said to have been distraught over a newspaper interview in which Ant told how he was ‘happier than ever’ with Anne-Marie.
The couple married in July 2006 and announced they were divorcing in January 2018. Their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing in October that year, finalising 11 years of marriage.
During the hearing, Ant had to technically admit adultery with Anne-Marie as their relationship officially began while he and Lisa were still married.
A year before they split, Ant entered rehab after struggling with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.
In April, 2018, he was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 for driving while more than twice the legal limit.
Lisa has made it public how deeply hurt and betrayed she was when he moved on so quickly with his former personal assistant and her former friend, Anne-Marie.
She took to Twitter following an interview by Ant where he gushed about ‘his rock’ Anne-Marie and how he disagreed with Lisa’s decision to express her heartbreak on the social media platform
Venting she put up with the ‘worst of him for years’, the make-up artist liked a slew of tweets saying she has been hurt enough and didn’t need to see Ant declaring his love to her former PA.
Adulterer: During the hearing, Ant had to technically admit adultery with Anne-Marie as their relationship officially began while he and Lisa were still married (pictured together in 2016)