Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted divorce after 11 years of marriage

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong were granted a divorce today.

The former couple – who tied the knot in 2006 – were granted a decree nisi by Judge Alun Jenkins today at the Central Family Court in London, in a hearing that lasted under 30 seconds.

After 11 years of marriage, the divorce will be finalised in six weeks with a decree absolute ending the marriage if no objections are formally made.

The 42-year-old, who is one half of TV duo Ant and Dec, confirmed in January that he and his wife were splitting following months of speculation about their relationship.

His romance with Anne-Marie – who used to be his and Lisa’s PA – was revealed a few months afterwards.

In a statement issued at the time, a representative said: "In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after eleven 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."

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The couple met at a roadshow in Newcastle in the mid-1990s while Lisa was an aspiring pop star in Deuce.

He has often spoken of their struggle to have children.

Last year Ant entered rehab after struggling with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

In April he was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 for driving while more than twice the legal limit.

He later announced he is stepping back from TV commitments and will not appear on the next series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Ant’s telly partner Dec will fly out to Australia next month for the new series, which he will present with Holly Willoughby, who is stepping into Ant’s role.

Lisa is back to work on Strictly Come Dancing and looks like a changed woman since parting ways with her ex.

The brave 41-year-old – who overcame humiliation and heartbreak – has a “new lease of life”.

She has been overwhelmed by support from fans, with one telling her: “You are an inspiration and the epitome of strength.”

Ant is now dating his former personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett and appears to be completely smitten.

It was revealed on the weekend that he even has her picture as the screensaver on his phone.

Ant, who is celebrating six months of sobriety, was seen clutching his phone in his hand as he headed into a meeting in London with Dec.

As Ant made his way into the office he flashed his phone screen revealing the loved-up selfie with his girlfriend.

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