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Vanessa Feltz reveals she feels 'terribly humiliated' as she opens up about split from ex-fiancé

The presenter appeared on This Morning

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
8 February 2023
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Vanessa Feltz has revealed that she feels "terribly humiliated" while opening up about her split from fiancé Ben Ofoedu on ITV's This Morning on Wednesday. 

The 60-year-old broadcaster joined Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the programme to talk about parting from Ben after sixteen years together. See her heartbreaking reaction in the video below.

WATCH: Vanessa Feltz reveals she's 'humiliated' as she opens up about split from fiancé

Vanessa revealed the sad news in an Instagram video filmed from their £3.5million London home on Sunday, in which she hinted at Ben's infidelities, adding that "once the trust in a relationship is gone then you can't really get it back". 

While chatting to Holly and Phillip on This Morning, the former BBC Radio 2 host also shared her appreciation for the supportive messages she has received online. 

"I can't sleep at all so reading thousands and thousands of messages from lovely people on Instagram is something to do in the middle of the night," she explained. "I'm really finding my real friends, my real family. 

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Vanessa opened up about her split from Ben

"Also, for god's sake, I'm not alone and I've been through it before. It's not like I'm a stranger to this stuff, I've already had a horrible divorce. It's quite familiar this awful feeling but I'm absolutely not going to let it grind me down, I'm just not."

When asked by Phillip if publicly talking about the split has helped her, she said: "I don't think I've had much choice quite frankly because I think the story was going to come out somehow. 

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"It wasn't me that told everybody about it, I was trying to keep it private for as long as I possibly could."

She went on to say that she has "very mixed feelings" about their separation being publicly known and says it's not "a nice feeling" to have "every single person know your private business". 

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The couple got engaged in 2006

She did, however, say she was trying to "look on the bright side". "I really do want to focus on the future," she shared. "I think the best thing is to gather all the love and all the people, things and places that you love and just spend time having a good time."

Why did Vanessa Feltz split with her fiancé Ben Ofoedu?

While she didn't go into great detail about the reasons behind their split, Vanessa did say that the "trust" was gone when revealing the news via Instagram on Sunday. In a video, she addressed the camera, saying: "Well, I haven’t been on Instagram for three weeks and that’s because my relationship with Ben is over after 16 years and I honestly didn’t know what to say to you on Instagram."

She continued: "But now it’s clear that it’s over, and I really do feel that once the trust in a relationship is gone you really can’t get it back, and that’s what I’d tell anyone else to do.

"So I just wanted to say, obviously I feel incredibly sad, and I’m pretty disappointed and shocked and all those horrible things. But also full of resolve, because I’m not going to let this defeat me."

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