Monday 19 February 2018

Ant McPartlin 'willing to pay wife Lisa €33m in divorce settlement' to avoid messy court battle

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong (Ian West/PA)
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong (Ian West/PA)
Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong, who helped put him on the road to recovery. Photo: PA Wire
Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
File photo dated 6/6/10 of Anthony McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong as the TV star has revealed that he and his wife have been struggling to have a child. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. The presenter, 37, who married make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, 36, in 2006, said that there was no truth to the suggestion that the couple were waiting for his co-presenter Declan Donnelly to settle down before they started a family. See PA story SHOWBIZ Ant. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec with partners Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
TV presenter Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong attend Jonathan Wilkes' 26th Birthday Party at Lillie's Bordello nightclub on August 1, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

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Ant McPartlin is reportedly prepared to pay his wife Lisa Armstrong €33 million in a divorce settlement, in order to avoid a messy court battle.

The 42-year-old television presenter - who is known for being one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec - revealed over the weekend that he would be divorcing from his wife of 11 years after a turbulent year in which Ant was admitted to rehab after becoming reliant on alcohol and drugs following a botched knee operation.

And now, it has been claimed that in order to keep the peace between the pair, Ant is willing to part with half his fortune in what would mark the biggest divorce settlement in the UK involving a celebrity.

A source said: "It's a huge amount but he wants Lisa to be financially and emotionally supported. He wants things to be amicable and doesn't want a drawn out court battle with Lisa.

Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong
Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong

"He still views her as a best friend and wants them both to be able to walk away from the marriage positively. He is happy to give Lisa 50 per cent in the divorce if that is what is agreed by their lawyers."

Sources close to Lisa, however, have insisted she isn't motivated by money, and that the 41-year-old beauty was "shocked" by Ant's offer.

They told The Sun newspaper: "She is not motivated by money and doesn't want a fight. But this was a real shock to her so she's not going to rush things either."

It comes after Ant's representative revealed he would be splitting from the 'Strictly Come Dancing' make-up artist - whom he has known for 23 years - after having tied the knot in 2006.

His rep said: "In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.

"Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families.

"No further statement will be made."

Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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