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Ant McPartlin's ex-wife Lisa Armstrong breaks her silence following divorce

The Strictly Come Dancing makeup artist returned to Instagram

Diane Shipley

Lisa Armstrong made quite a statement on social media earlier this year, following the official end of her marriage to Ant McPartlin.

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The Strictly makeup artist, who has won awards for her work on the BBC show, looked relaxed as she posed for an Instagram photo. It showed her enjoying the sunshine amid lockdown, wearing a white T-shirt with rainbow print and blue Ray-Ban sunglasses, with a nude lip and flawless skin. It was the first selfie the 43-year-old had shared since the news that she and her ex-husband, Saturday Night Takeaway star Ant, had finalised their divorce earlier that week.

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Lisa simply captioned the glam snap: "Saturday chills in the garden... Thank you @picklelondon for my gorgeous #bolttee love it... [heart emojis] #stayhome #staysafe." Her followers were keen to express their approval, commenting: "Gorgeous," "Looking beautiful," and: "You deserve happiness, enjoy the sunshine and look forward to your next chapter." The star and her ex were granted a decree absolute in April, marking the official end of their 12-year marriage following their split two years ago.

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Lisa shared the pretty new photo on Instagram

Lisa has since moved on and confirmed her new relationship on Twitter in early August. The makeup artist retweeted a message from a fan about her beau, adding three blushing emojis. The original tweet read: "@lisaAmakeup yes Lisa! He is fit! So chuffed for you, get in!!!" Lisa was pictured outside a café with her new man, James Green, 37, in photos published by The Sun on Saturday.

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Lisa was with Ant for 23 years before announcing their split in January 2018 after months of speculation. At the time, Ant released a statement through his spokesperson which read: "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 is now in a relationship with his former personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett.

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