Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong ‘had an explosive row about their dog Hurley HOURS before his shocking drink-drive arrest’
- In March, McPartlin was arrested after losing control of his black Mini and smashing into two other cars, a Mini and a BMW, while driving in Richmond
- He was fined a record £86,000 and banned from the road for one year and eight months after pleading guilty to drink-driving
- Ant was revealed to be dating his personal assistant Anne-Marie on Saturday
- His ex-wife Lisa told fans she found out about the romance via media coverage
- She slammed Anne-Marie for ‘breaking girl code’, as the pair had been friends
- Lisa’s parents have now allegedly moved into her Chiswick home to support her
Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong reportedly had an explosive row about their dog Hurley hours before his drink-drive arrest.
According to The Mirror, the TV presenter, 42, spoke to the make-up artist at lunchtime on Sunday, March 19 about whose turn it was to look after their pet pooch.
However, the situation allegedly escalated into ‘angry words and swearing between them’ – forcing Lisa’s dad Derek to grab the phone out of her hand and intervene.
‘Angry words and swearing’: Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong reportedly had an explosive row about their dog Hurley hours before his drink-drive arrest
While the former lovebirds now have a new agreement in place for the Labrador, in March it proved to be a different story when they feuded over the phone.
A source told the publication: ‘The conversation quickly got heated… it was to do with who should have Hurley next, as they are meant to be sharing custody.’
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After a reported bout of profanities on both ends, Lisa’s father took the phone out of her hand and furiously told Ant: ‘Don’t you dare speak to my daughter like that.’
It was also claimed by the source that Lisa ‘is no angel’ and there ‘many arguments about Hurley rooted in the fact she refused to believe the marriage was over and was being stubborn at every single turn.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant for further comment.
‘The conversation quickly got heated’: The TV presenter, 42, allegedly spoke to the make-up artist at lunchtime on Sunday, March 19 about whose turn it was to look after their pet pooch
‘Don’t you dare speak to my daughter like that’: The situation allegedly escalated – forcing Lisa’s dad Derek to grab the phone out of her hand and intervene
Explosive: It was claimed ‘many arguments about Hurley rooted in the fact she refused to believe the marriage was over and was being stubborn at every single turn’
Hours after the alleged war of words, McPartlin was arrested after losing control of his black Mini and smashing into two other cars, a Mini and a BMW, while driving in Richmond, west London on March 18.
The presenter pleaded guilty to driving with 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath, after his involvement in a three-car collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms
He was recently fined a record £86,000 and banned from the road for one year and eight months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
Meanwhile there are further claims that Lisa has reportedly fallen out with Declan Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall, in the wake of her ex Ant’s new romance with Anne-Marie Corbett.
According to The Sun, the brunette feels she has been ‘isolated’ from their former friendship group, and that Dec and Ali have ‘sided with Ant’ throughout their marriage woes.
Tough time: There are further claims that Lisa has fallen out with Declan Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall, in the wake of her ex Ant’s new romance with Anne-Marie Corbett
Alone: The make-up artist reportedly feels she has been ‘isolated’ from their former friendship group, and that Dec and Ali (above) have ‘sided with Ant’ throughout their marriage woes
The claims follow the emergence of Ant’s new relationship with his personal assistant Anne-Marie – with Lisa publicly venting her heartache on Twitter.
A source claimed to the paper that Lisa, 42, thought she would remain good friends with Dec and Ali after her split from Ant – and is now ‘upset’ to see them keep their distance.
The insider said: ‘After knowing each other for so long Lisa felt that everyone had become friends in their own right – but obviously after what has gone on the divided loyalties have become obvious.
‘She’s really put out that Dec and Ali have totally sided with Ant over all of this. Even though Ant and Dec have always been best mates, she thought they would still remain close even after the split.
Happier times: The foursome had been firm friends for years, prior to Ant and Lisa’s split last year (pictured together in 2015)
‘In the end that just hasn’t happened – Lisa feels she’s been isolated by their former friendship circle and is pretty angry and upset about it.’
MailOnline has contacted Lisa and Ant’s representatives for further comment.
It has also been reported that Lisa’s parents have moved into her Chiswick home, to support her during the difficult time.
A friend of Lisa’s told the Mirror that the make-up artist, 41, is being comforted by her mother and father at the home she once shared with the TV presenter.
Support: It has since been reported that Lisa’s parents have moved into her Chiswick home, to support her during the difficult time
A close pal said: ‘Lisa’s mum and dad have been with her all week. They’re supporting her so she has some normality.
‘This has really taken its toll on Lisa – it’s driving a very caring, loving girl to distraction.’
The concerned friend added that her parents fear she hasn’t been herself since news broke of Ant’s romance with their former PA.
They added: ‘She’s become numb to the torment of losing her marriage, and news about Anne-Marie has pushed her to the edge. She’s not herself; we’re all worried about her. This has flattened her.’
New romance: Ant was revealed to be dating his personal assistant Anne-Marie on Saturday
The recent reports come after she slammed her former pal Anne-Marie on Twitter, for ‘breaking girl code’ by romancing her estranged husband.
It later emerged that Lisa had ‘suspected months ago’ that their former PA was romantically involved with Ant, after seeing a picture of him carrying a packed lunch – seemingly given to him by Anne-Marie.
While the new relationship came to light on Saturday, a source told The Mirror that Lisa already had a sneaking suspicion: ‘It was a niggling feeling at the back of her mind.’
The snap, which was taken back in March, saw Ant emerging from his flat in London carrying some food in tupperware while Anne-Marie, 42, was then seen taking the rubbish out the same day – leading Lisa to believe there was something more to the two.
Suspsicious: It later emerged that Lisa had ‘suspected months ago’ their former PA was dating Ant, after seeing a picture of him carrying a packed lunch made by her
Lisa allegedly contacted Anne-Marie’s estranged husband Scott Corbett, who she split with in 2017, to get to the bottom of the snaps.
It was continued to the publication: ‘When the news came out, it all clicked into place. She was heartbroken.’ MailOnline had contacted representatives for Ant for further comment at the time.
Meanwhile, Ant’s new lover Anne-Marie emerged on Tuesday following claims she was sacked by his ex-wife Lisa while she was a PA to the couple.
The blonde stepped out after it was alleged that she had been ‘upset’ by Lisa’s claims, as the pair have never seen eye-to-eye – although unearthed tweets seem to show a friendship dating back six years.
Heading out: On Tuesday, Ant’s new lover Anne-Marie emerged following claims she was sacked by his ex-wife Lisa while she was a PA to the couple
‘Hardly the actions of a best mate’: A friend of Anne-Marie’s has claimed the pair ‘never got on’, and that Lisa even sacked her as the couple’s PA (pictured with Ant McPartlin in 2015)
However, a source close to Anne-Marie claimed this was far from the case – revealing the pair ‘often clashed’ and that Lisa even sacked her as the couple’s PA.
The insider blasted claims she and Lisa were close friends, and revealed Anne-Marie has been angered by the make-up artist portraying the image of a ‘betrayal’.
The source told The Sun: ‘She hated working for Lisa and they didn’t get on well at all. They often clashed. In the end Lisa sacked her. That’s hardly the actions of someone’s ‘best mate’.’
Infuriated by the response to Lisa’s tweets, the insider added: ‘Anne-Marie’s biting her tongue, but she’s hurt and angry by the way this is playing out from Lisa’s end.’
Heading out: Anne-Marie’s romance with Ant emerged over the weekend, with ex-wife Lisa slamming her for ‘breaking girl code’ with the romance due to their friendship
Legs eleven: She looked extremely glamorous as she headed out
A day later, the publication unearthed images of Twitter messages exchanged by the pair dating back to 2012 – in which they appeared to display a firm friendship.
In 2012, Lisa penned a message to Anne-Marie reading: ‘Babe, I’ve missed you!!! When we gonna have a catch up?’
Four years later, she wished the staff member happy birthday, writing: ‘Happy birthday to my gorgeous friend @amzie33 congratulations on your 40th!! Hope you’ve been spoilt rotten (well I know you have)!!’
Ant’s romance with Anne-Marie emerged on Saturday, five months after he filed for divorce from his wife of twelve years Lisa.
Devastated: Ant’s new relationship is believed to have rocked make-up artist Lisa, who tweeted a broken heart emoji at 5am hours after the news was first unveiled
Heartbroken by the news, the brunette immediately took to Twitter to criticise her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, and blast Ant for failing to have the ‘decency’ to tell her about their news.
Lisa revealed to her 122,000 followers that she often invited Anne-Marie into their marital home as a ‘friend’, despite her job as their personal assistant.
At 5am on Sunday morning she simply tweeted a broken heart emoji, signifying her upset, before going on to reveal she only found out about the relationship due to its coverage in the papers.
When a Twitter follower asked whether or not she had been warned by Ant before it appeared in the media, she replied: ‘Nope. Just how you guys did.’
Earning her stripes: She was also holding on to a stylish striped handbag
Keeping her cool: Anne-Marie is yet to speak out about her relationship with Ant yet friends have discussed Lisa’s various claims about the news
Former love: Anne-Marie split from her husband Scott Corbett (right) in 2017. Sources have reiterated Ant played no part in the deterioration of the marriage
She then received a tweet of support from TV personality Nicola McLean, before replying: ‘Thanks babe and to think she was MY friend!! xx’
Another follower said ‘so much for the girl code’, to which Lisa answered: ‘Exactly!’
Lisa then replied to a follower to say that Anne-Marie was her friend and personal assistant to both her and Ant, adding that she let her ‘into OUR home’.
It has since been revealed that Lisa is allegedly livid with Ant for asking her to ‘return the jewellery he bought for her’, so it could be valued for their divorce settlement.
Moving on: Ant’s romance with Anne-Marie emerged on Saturday, five months after he filed for divorce from his wife of twelve years Lisa (pictured above on a dog walk)
A source told the Sun that Ant’s legal team requested that necklaces and rings bought as gifts were assessed by an expert. They added: ‘Lisa refused because she fears she’ll never see them again. It’s causing a rift — but is just one of many things.
‘There have also been heated rows about money, property, all sorts of things — this is just the latest thing to drive a wedge even further between them.’
While Ant has remained silent on social media, the presenter’s pals are thought to have rallied round him, and assure him that he is allowed to move on.
Since the breakdown of the couple’s 18-year relationship, Ant has increasingly leaned on personal assistant Anne-Marie, who herself broke up with her husband in October.
Anne-Marie was present when Ant arrived at a police station in March to answer drink driving charges, and was also at his later court hearing.
Furious: Lisa revealed to her 122,000 followers that she often invited Anne-Marie into their marital home as a ‘friend’, despite her job as their personal assistant
A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘He’s had a tough time of it, but Anne-Marie has put a smile back on his face again – she has been his rock.
‘They have been living in each other’s pockets, day in, day out. Knowing someone is there for him has brought him back from the brink — she’s put him back together again.’
The source added their alleged romance was ‘early days’ but friends close to the star are hoping he can put his woes behind him and ‘find happiness again’ with the separated mum.
It has since been claimed that Lisa wants to take her ex-husband ‘for every penny’ he has, following the emergence of the romance.
She has reportedly told pals ‘the gloves are off’ in their divorce battle, after being left heartbroken by his relationship with their long-time PA.
Supportive: Anne-Marie was present when Ant arrived at a police station in March to answer drink driving charges, and was also at his later court hearing (pictured)
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