Phil Vickery was pictured sharing a lingering kiss with his ex-wife Fern Britton’s friend Lorraine Stanton as they left a swanky London hotel together in images that have left the presenter ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’.
The photos come as the retired hospitality consultant, 58, told MailOnline that revealed that her marriage to her husband Simon is over – and she has moved out of the family home.
Breaking her silence on the images, Lorraine admitted her family are going through a tough period and said she has moved out of the house she shared with Simon and their two children.
New couple: Phil Vickery was pictured sharing a lingering kiss with his ex-wife Ferne Britton’s friend Lorraine Stanton as they left a swanky London hotel together in images that have left the presenter ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’
Fern, 65, is said to be understandably ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’ after seeing the images of her ex-husband kissing her pal, who she has closely documented her friendship with online over the years.
Phil and Lorraine packed on the PDA as they locked lips on the street after leaving a Mayfair property together as they carried what appears to be some overnight bags before twice stopping in the street to kiss.
At one stage Lorraine rose on to her toes to kiss Phil while the famous cook looked on at her lovingly.
Clearly not ready to say goodbye, the couple then dropped all their luggage and enjoyed a long embrace before going their separate ways.
Smooch: The loved-up pair packed on the PDA as they locked lips on the street after leaving a Mayfair property together
Gaze: Phil placed a tender hand on Lorraine’s cheek as they appeared in deep conversation
MailOnline understands Fern is trying to minimise the situation after the pictures emerged and has been feeling embarrassed.
A source said behind the scenes, Fern is feeling ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’ over what she has seen, yet is still ‘protective’ over her friend.
The insider explained: ‘Fern finds the situation weird and awkward and has learned that Lorraine is clearly not a great mate.
‘She’s shocked and is struggling to process her mixed emotions. On the one hand she had felt like she’d moved on from Phil but she hadn’t expected this new romance and it’s been hard to see.’
Fern’s tweet comes after Lorraine revealed that her marriage is over – and she has moved out of the family home.
Separated: Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil’s new public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she struggled with her marriage breakdown (pictured together in 2007)
Home time: Lorraine looked stylish as she left the property on Wednesday
Bye for now: The new couple grabbed their personal belongings as they made arrangements to leave separately
Bye for now: The new couple grabbed their personal belongings as they made arrangements to leave separately
Breaking her silence on the pictures on Friday afternoon, Lorraine admitted her family are going through a tough period and said she has moved out of the home she shared with her husband Simon and their two children.
She exclusively told MailOnline: ‘It’s a difficult time for me and the family. I don’t actually live in the marital home anymore and it’s got nothing to do with the latest incident over the pictures.
‘We are going through a grieving period as a family, and I’ve also just lost my step father. My children are feeling very vulnerable, and they are very upset about the whole situation.’
Upset: Fern’s tweet has caused confusion among her fans. A source told MailOnline that Fern has been left embarrassed by the news becoming public so made a statement in order to minimise the situation
Shock: Phil, 61, was seen kissing Lorraine, who is pals with Fern (both pictured), 65. Behind closed doors, Fern is said to have been left feeling ‘shocked’ by the pair’s betrayal but has tweeted that the story is ‘not true’ to ‘minimise embarrassment’
‘My family are going through a tough period’: Fern Britton’s best friend Lorraine Stanton, who was seen kissing her pal’s ex-husband Phil Vickery, has revealed that her marriage to partner Simon is over – and she has moved out of the family home
Ms Stanton refused to reveal where she now lives or when she exactly moved out of the marital home and also said she did not want to speak in detail about the pictures.
Lorraine’s husband Simon, when asked about the pictures, added: ‘I don’t know when I’ll be in a position to speak to my wife about them. I’m not at home and the moment and neither is my wife; she hasn’t been there for a while.’
The couple own an elegant £1million country home in Windermere, which they shared with their two children.
Exclusive: Breaking her silence on those pictures, Lorraine Stanton, 58, admitted her family are going through a tough period (Lorraine, Phil and Fern are pictured together in 2017)
When MailOnline called at the property, a young woman who answered the door said: ‘Lorraine doesn’t live her anymore and hasn’t done for a while.
The trio’s deep interwoven friendship has seen their social media pages littered with pictures of the group out together at various functions, with Lorraine spending time with both Fern and Phil on joint occasions as well as separately.
Fern still follows Lorraine’s Instagram page, whose bio reads: ‘Cherish your yesterday’s, dream your tomorrows, but live for today oh yes!’ The pair were last pictured together in September 2019, four months before the news of her divorce back.
They enjoyed a weekend together in June 2019 in Windermere, Cumbria, where hospitality consultant Lorraine has lived for many years.
Lorraine posted a selfie of the two of them grinning together as they enjoyed a cruise on Lake Windermere on the vintage steamboat Osprey during the break.
She captioned the picture: ‘A fabulous Windermere weekend. My lovely friend Fern visited and the sun shone, we couldn’t stop smiling.’
New couple? On Wednesday, the TV chef, 61, was seen passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton, 58, who has been close friends with Fern, 65, for years (pictured together in 2016)
Lorraine also detailed how they had ‘lunch sitting in the sun, watching the world go by’ followed by dinner at the Punch Bowl Inn in Crosthwaite, where she used to be manager.
She also took a picture of the pair of them as they sipped glasses of fizz with another friend at a table in the garden of the acclaimed hotel and restaurant, with a caption, saying: ‘Wives club at The Punch Bowl’.
Lorraine and Fern were also among a group of women who went on a charity cycle ride in Madagascar in September 2017 in aid of the Genesis Research Trust which funds research to help prevent miscarriages and stillbirths.
Posts on Lorraine’s Facebook page reveal that they wore pink tutu dresses over cycling shorts during the 220 mile week-long ride.
Cosy: According to onlookers, Phil and Lorraine, a former general manager of a restaurant, couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they reportedly stopped twice in the street to share a kiss (pictured in 2014)
One picture of them smiling together in their riding gear on a beach was accompanied by the words: ‘Poseurs!!! With the lovely Fern’.
They also appeared together in group shots including a celebratory snap at the end of their marathon ride which Lorraine captioned with the words: ‘Finished!! Absolutely fabulous’.
Another humorous picture after the charity ride showed Fern beside an ageing taxi with a caption by Lorraine explaining: ‘Trying to tell the taxi driver where to go while Fern casually poses’. A second picture showed them posing for a selfie inside the cramped cab.
According to The Sun, who obtained pictures of Lorraine and Phil kissing, the new couple were on a date and were seen leaving the hotel together with overnight bags in their hands.
Breaking the girl code? Lorraine has been close with Fern, 65, for years and they have documented their friendship on Instagram (pictured together in 2017)
Final photograph together: Four months prior to announcing her divorce, Fern and Lorraine enjoyed a bike ride with friends in Lake Windermere in September 2019 with pictures of the pair shared on social media
On the move: Lorraine and Fern were also among a group of women who went on a charity cycle ride in Madagascar in September 2017 in aid of the Genesis Research Trust which funds research to help prevent miscarriages and stillbirths
Wives club: In 2019 Lorraine shared a picture the pair of them as they sipped glasses of fizz, saying: ‘Wives club at The Punch Bowl’
A friend close to Fern told the publication: ‘They look like teenagers in love and that will be just so hurtful for Fern. Behaving this way in public will feel like a betrayal.’
Phil and Lorraine, a former general manager of a restaurant, couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they reportedly stopped twice in the street to share a kiss.
Lorraine shares two children with her husband Simon, but has said their marriage is over.
Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil’s new public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she struggled with her marriage breakdown.
An insider said: ‘Phil and Lorraine kissing on the street like this will be heartbreaking for poor Fern. They look like teenagers in love and that will be just so hurtful for her.’
‘They are two of the most important people in her life and them behaving this way in public will feel like a betrayal.’
Out and about: Their social media pages have been littered with pictures of the group out together at various functions, with Lorraine spending time with the exes on joint occasions as well as separately
Fun times: Another humorous picture from 2017 showed Fern beside an ageing taxi with a caption by Lorraine explaining: ‘Trying to tell the taxi driver where to go while Fern casually poses’
Phil was last seen on TV on Tuesday morning, serving a sausage tray bake during a This Morning segment with Take That’s Mark Owen.
The news outlet have reported that Phil stayed in a flat after filming and the following morning he was seen walking around the capital with Lorraine.
Just two months ago in July, Fern spoke about how she wished she could’ve ‘persevered’ at their marriage, during a new interview with Prima Magazine.
Fern said she ‘doesn’t want to be the poster girl for separate’, and explained that many couples experience their relationship coming to a natural end.
Happier times: A second picture showed them posing for a selfie inside the cramped cab
Live for today: Fern still follows Lorraine’s Instagram page, whose bio reads: ‘Cherish your yesterday’s, dream your tomorrows, but live for today oh yes!’
Reflecting on her tough but amicable split, she said: ‘This new chapter has come at the right time for me. I don’t want to be the poster girl for separation, though, because a lot of people go through the same thing.
‘Often, the children leave home and you look at each other and go, ‘Ah, where do we go from here?’ I only wish I was the sort of person who could have persevered through that, but I couldn’t,’ she explained.
The pair share one daughter, Winnie, 20, while Fern is mum to twins Jack and Harry, and daughter Grace – who she shares with ex-husband Clive Jones.
She and Phil called time on their long term marriage after realising it had ‘run its course’ – as they were left living solo when their brood flew the nest.
Fern has previously explained how difficult it is to ‘bounce back’ from a divorce, sharing back in March that the ‘rebound is difficult’.
And it seems she’s still steering clear of dating for the moment, explaining how important her own space is.
The TV personality told Prima: ‘I’m not considering dating right now. I haven’t been seeing anyone and nobody has approached me, which is nice, too.
‘If someone came along who was lovely and kind and we didn’t have to live together – if he had his life and I had mine – that might be perfect.
Concluding: ‘But on the other hand, life is pretty bloody perfect right now and I’m happy with my company, so meeting someone would simply be icing on the cake.’
Fern announced her split from Phil in January 2020, with the pair both tweeting in matching statements: ‘After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children.
‘We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support. [sic]’
New love: The TV chef, 61, was pictured passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton (pictured), 58, who has been close friends with presenter Fern for year