Fern Britton’s ex-husband Phil Vickery has been seen in new pictures kissing her best friend on the street as they left a fancy London hotel on Wednesday.
The 61-year-old TV chef passionately kissed Lorraine Stanton (58), who has been close friends with presenter Fern for years, in pictures from The Sun.
According to the publication, the new couple was on a date and were spotted leaving the hotel together with holdalls in hand.
A friend of Fern’s told the Sun: “You look like teenagers in love and that’s going to be so hurtful to Fern. Doing this in public will feel like a betrayal.
heartbreaking? Fern Britton’s ex-husband Phil Vickery has been seen in new pictures kissing her best friend on the street as they left a fancy London hotel on Wednesday
Phil and Lorraine couldn’t keep their hands off each other as they reportedly stopped twice in the street to kiss.
Lorraine, who works in hospitality, has been close to Fern, 65, for years and they have documented their friendship on Instagram.
Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil’s new public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she was struggling with her marriage breakdown.
A source said: “Phil and Lorraine kissing like that in the street will be heartbreaking for poor Fern. They look like teenagers in love and this will be so hurtful to them.
“They are two of the most important people in their lives and if they act like that in public it will feel like a betrayal.”
Phil was last seen on TV Tuesday morning serving up a sausage casserole with Take That’s Mark Owen during a This Morning segment.
The news outlet reported that Phil stayed in an apartment after filming and was seen the next morning walking around the capital with Lorraine.
Just two months ago in July, during a new interview with Prima Magazine, Fern opened up about how she wishes she’d been able to “hang through” with her marriage.
New love: The TV chef, 61, passionately kissed Lorraine Stanton (pictured), 58, who has been close friends with presenter Fern for years, in pictures obtained by The Sun
Fern said she “didn’t want to be the poster child for breakups,” explaining that many couples find their relationship coming to a natural end.
Speaking of their tough but amicable split, she said: “This new chapter comes at the right time for me. However, I don’t want to be the poster child for breakup because a lot of people go through the same thing.
“Often the kids leave the house and they look at each other and say, ‘Ah, where do we go from here?’ I just wish I was the kind of person who could have gotten through this, but I couldn’t,” she explained.
The couple share one daughter, Winnie, 20, while Fern is a mother to twins Jack and Harry, as well as daughter Grace, who she shares with ex-husband Clive Jones.
Separated: After the couple called the time of their 20-year marriage in 2020, she also said, “I don’t want to be the poster child for the breakup” (pictured together in 2007)
She and Phil ended their longtime marriage after realizing it had “run out” – when they were left alone as their brood flew the nest.
Fern has previously explained how difficult it is to “recover” from a divorce, sharing in March that “recovery is difficult”.
And it seems she’s still staying away from dating at the moment, explaining how important her own space is.
The TV personality told Prima: “I’m not thinking about dating at the moment. I didn’t see anyone and no one approached me, which is nice too.
“If someone came along who was nice and nice and we didn’t have to live together – if he had his life and I had mine – maybe that would be perfect.
Finally, “But then again, life is pretty damn perfect right now and I’m happy with my company, so meeting someone would just be the icing on the cake.”
Fern announced her split from Phil in January 2020, with the pair tweeting in unison, “After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our dear children.
“We would appreciate it if our privacy was respected at this time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support. [sic]’
Struggles: Fern has previously explained how difficult it is to recover from a divorce, sharing in March that the “recovery is difficult”.
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