Lisa Arm­strong

Re­cov­er­ing from the ul­ti­mate be­trayal, Lisa’s hurt is slowly turn­ing to anger

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Find­ing out your ex has moved on isn’t easy, but spare a thought for Lisa Arm­strong, who had to read it on the cover of a na­tional news­pa­per. ‘Ant’s New Love’, screamed the head­line plas­tered across im­ages of her es­tranged hus­band’s friend and per­sonal as­sis­tant Anne-marie Cor­bett, 42.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, a well-placed source tells Now make-up artist Lisa, 41, has been de­stroyed by this – and at some point is de­ter­mined to tell the world her side of the story. ‘Lisa is dev­as­tated,’ our in­sider re­veals. ‘She feels hu­mil­i­ated and over­come by emo­tion, as she was led to be­lieve there was a glim­mer of hope for her and Ant – if not for their mar­riage then their friend­ship.

‘But that’s all gone down the drain now. The man she loved and sup­ported has killed the Lisa she once was. She’s hurt be­yond be­lief.’

De­spite Ant’s na­tional trea­sure sta­tus – with peo­ple sup­port­ing him through his al­co­hol and drug ad­dic­tion, a drink-driv­ing ar­rest and two stints in re­hab – it seems fans are

‘she feels hu­mil­i­ated and to­tally over­come’

less than im­pressed with his re­cent be­hav­iour when it comes to Lisa. One even com­mented, ‘Ab­so­lute scum­bag, I will never be a fan of Ant again.’

‘Lisa has en­dured years of Ant’s mis­de­meanours, but it’s now time Ant felt the true con­se­quences and be made ac­count­able for what he’s done,’ adds our source.

On 22 July, it would have been their 12th wed­ding an­niver­sary, and a source tells us Lisa had hoped they’d patch things up, de­spite sep­a­rat­ing in Jan­uary. But, fol­low­ing news of Ant’s ro­mance, a heart­bro­ken Lisa broke her si­lence in a string of tweets in which she claimed her hus­band had given her no prior warn­ing about the re­la­tion­ship, and Anne-marie was not only her for­mer PA, but a ‘friend’ she had brought into their home.

Re­spond­ing to a mes­sage from TV star, Ni­cola Mclean, the make-up artist said, ‘Thanks babe and to think she was MY friend!’, some­thing Anne-marie’s friends were quick to deny.

It’s this act of ul­ti­mate be­trayal our in­sider tells us has stung Lisa, as she con­fided in An­nemarie dur­ing her weak­est mo­ments.

‘It was a dou­ble blow that to­tally knocked Lisa off her feet,’ the source ex­plains.

‘Even be­fore Ant and Lisa split, Lisa spoke to Anne-marie about her con­cerns. It felt like a stab in the back, be­ing be­trayed by a friend.’

De­spite claims the Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent host is in the ‘early stages’ of his new re­la­tion­ship, our in­sider tells us Lisa feels cer­tain it’s been go­ing on for months.

The rev­e­la­tion comes after re­ports claimed Lisa reached out to Anne-marie’s es­tranged hus­band Scott – who the PA split from in Oc­to­ber

– when she be­came sus­pi­cious of pic­tures of

Ant with a packed lunch back in March. An­nemarie was also seen tak­ing the rub­bish out of his home the same day, al­though there’s noth­ing to sug­gest they were more than friends at the time.

‘Lisa wishes she had lis­tened to her gut feel­ings, but she chose to be­lieve that Anne-marie was a friend,’ the source says.

It’s no se­cret Lisa has stood by Ant through thick and thin, with the TV presenter him­self ad­mit­ting, ‘I put Lisa through hell with mood swings and de­pres­sion’, after leav­ing re­hab for drug ad­dic­tion last year. And, in Novem­ber, Lisa in­sisted, ‘I’m not es­tranged,’ de­spite split ru­mours.

But Ant mov­ing on has been a huge wake-up call for Lisa, whose pain will soon turn to anger. ‘Lisa’s been pushed over the edge,’ says the source. ‘She’s kept a dig­ni­fied and sup­port­ive si­lence till now. Ant’s only got him­self to blame if and when Lisa de­cides to tell her ver­sion of events.’

‘it to­tally knocked lisa off her feet’

Ant is said to be dat­ing his PA, Anne-marie Cor­bett

Lisa with Ant last year and (be­low) her re­cent tweet

Ant and Anne-marie dog-walk­ing to­gether ear­lier this year

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