Ant McPartlin’s costly split from ex-wife Lisa Armstrong sent shockwaves across the showbiz world.
But the I’m A Celeb and Britain’s Got Talent presenter has found love again with his former personal assistant Anne-Marie Corbett.
His £31million divorce to Lisa was finalised in April 2020, freeing the star to marry again.
And at Christmas the TV star popped the all-important question to his girlfriend Anne-Marie as he handed her a huge diamond engagement ring with a romantic proposal, which included afternoon tea in front of the Christmas tree.
Plans for a high-profile celebrity wedding are now in the making, although the coronavirus pandemic has seemingly scuppered chances of that happening this year.
But unfortunately for Ant his love life has not always been plain sailing.
And his well-publicised split from childhood sweetheart Lisa led to one of the biggest divorce proceedings in British legal history for a UK celebrity.
Ant and Lisa, a make-up artist, married in July 2006 at Cliveden, a posh country house in Buckinghamshire.
And the pair remained married for 11 years before announcing in December 2017 that they were parting ways.
Their relationship had been under intense pressure because of Ant’s addiction to painkillers following knee surgery.
The couple’s marriage officially ended in October 2018 and the following month Ant moved out of the £6million marital home they shared in the upmarket suburb of Chiswick, west London.
Their divorce went to the Royal Courts of Justice and on decision-day Lisa was granted a divorce within 30 seconds, based on grounds of adultery.
Judge Alun Jenkins presiding over the case said: “The respondent [Ant] has committed adultery and that the petitioner [Lisa] finds it intolerable to live with the respondent.”
The pair agreed to share custody of their beloved dog Hurley, a chocolate Labrador.
Ant, 45, then moved on with Anne-Marie, 43, who he later described as his “greatest love”, “sober partner” and “rock”.
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The pair were first spotted having coffee with Ant’s mum in Feb 2018 and she was by his side for his trip to a police station following his drink driving arrest.
At first described a "mystery blonde", it emerged Anne-Marie worked for London-based James Grant management, the same company as Ali Astall, Dec Donnelly’s wife. The pair are close friends.
A mum of two daughters, Anne-Marie gave Ant unwavering support on his road to recovery during rehabilitation for his drug and booze problems.
In October 2017 Anne-Marie and her husband Scott announced they were divorcing
And it was only in 2017 that Anne-Marie started working closely with Ant.
And in recent times Ant has opened up about how the pair grew close naturally and that love blossomed.
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He told The Sun: “We were going through turmoil. It was the last thing on either of our minds to get into a relationship. But there we were and we were like, 'This felt so good, why deny it.”
“Anne-Marie is the fundamental reason for the great change in my life,
“She’s been my rock. She’s a beautiful soul. We’re very happy. I’m in the best place I’ve been in my life, to be honest with you.”
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