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Fern Britton’s best friend reveals her marriage is over as she breaks her silence

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Fern Britton’s best friend, who was seen passionately kissing her pal’s ex-husband Phil Vickery, has revealed that her marriage is over – and he or she has moved out of the family home.

Breaking her silence on those pictures, Lorraine Stanton, 58, admitted her family are going through a troublesome period and said she has moved out of the house she shared along with her husband Simon and their two children.

She exclusively told MailOnline on Friday: ‘It is a difficult time for me and the family. I do not actually live within the marital home anymore and it’s got nothing to do with the newest incident over the images.

‘My family are going through a troublesome period’: Fern Britton’s best friend Lorraine Stanton, who was seen kissing her pal’s ex-husband Phil Vickery, has revealed that her marriage to partner Simon is over – and he or she has moved out of the family home 

‘We’re going through a grieving period as a family, and I’ve also just lost my step father. My children are feeling very vulnerable, and so they are very upset concerning the whole situation.’

Ms Stanton refused to disclose where she now lives or when she exactly moved out of the marital home and likewise said she didn’t wish to speak intimately concerning the pictures.

On Wednesday, TV chef Phil, 61, was seen passionately kissing Lorraine, who’s close pals with former This Morning presenter Fern, 65.

Lorraine’s husband Simon, when asked concerning the pictures, added: ‘I do not know after I’ll be able to talk to my wife about them. I’m not at home and the moment and neither is my wife; she hasn’t been there for some time.’

Exclusive: Breaking her silence on those pictures, Lorraine Stanton, 58, admitted her family are going through a tough period (Lorraine, Phil and Fern are pictured together in 2017)

Exclusive: Breaking her silence on those pictures, Lorraine Stanton, 58, admitted her family are going through a troublesome period (Lorraine, Phil and Fern are pictured together in 2017) 

The couple own a sublime £1million country home in Windermere, which they shared with their two children.

When MailOnline called on the property, a young woman who answered the door said: ‘Lorraine doesn’t live her anymore and hasn’t done for some time.’

Her words come after Fern caused confusion by tweeting ‘it isn’t true’ after pictures showing Lorraine kissing her ex-husband Phil were published by The Sun, leaving her fans confused. 

But MailOnline understands Fern is attempting to minimise the situation after the images emerged and has been feeling embarrassed. 

But a source said behind the scenes, Fern is feeling ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’ over what she has seen. 

Separated: Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil's new public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she struggled with her marriage breakdown (pictured together in 2007)

Separated: Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil’s latest public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she struggled along with her marriage breakdown (pictured together in 2007)

The insider explained: ‘Fern finds the situation weird and awkward and has learned that Lorraine is clearly not a terrific mate.

‘She’s shocked and is struggling to process her mixed emotions. On the one hand she had felt like she’d moved on  from Phil but she hadn’t expected this latest romance and it has been hard to see.’

The trio’s deep interwoven friendship has seen their social media pages affected by pictures of the group out together at various functions, with Lorraine spending time with each Fern and Phil on joint occasions in addition to individually.

Fern still follows Lorraine’s Instagram page, whose bio reads: ‘Cherish your yesterday’s, dream your tomorrows, but live for today oh yes!’  The pair were last pictured together in September 2019, 4 months before the news of her divorce back.  

They enjoyed a weekend together in June 2019 in Windermere, Cumbria, where hospitality consultant Lorraine has lived for a few years.

Lorraine posted a selfie of the 2 of them grinning together as they enjoyed a cruise on Lake Windermere on the vintage steamboat Osprey throughout the break.

Shock: Phil, 61, was seen kissing Lorraine, who is pals with Fern (both pictured), 65. Behind closed doors, Fern is said to have been left feeling 'shocked' by the pair's betrayal but has tweeted that the story is 'not true' to 'minimise embarrassment'

Shock: Phil, 61, was seen kissing Lorraine, who’s pals with Fern (each pictured), 65. Behind closed doors, Fern is alleged to have been left feeling ‘shocked’ by the pair’s betrayal but has tweeted that the story is ‘not true’ to ‘minimise embarrassment’

Upset: Fern's tweet has caused confusion among her fans. A source told MailOnline that Fern has been left embarrassed by the news becoming public so made a statement in order to minimise the situation

Upset: Fern’s tweet has caused confusion amongst her fans. A source told MailOnline that Fern has been left embarrassed by the news becoming public so made a press release in an effort to minimise the situation 

She captioned the image: ‘A wonderful Windermere weekend. My lovely friend Fern visited and the sun shone, we couldn’t stop smiling.’

Lorraine also detailed how that they had ‘lunch sitting within the sun, watching the world go by’ followed by dinner on the Punch Bowl Inn in Crosthwaite, where she was once manager.

She also took an image of the pair of them as they sipped glasses of fizz with one other friend at a table within the garden of the acclaimed hotel and restaurant, with a caption, saying: ‘Wives club at The Punch Bowl’.

Lorraine and Fern were also amongst a gaggle of ladies who went on a charity cycle ride in Madagascar in September 2017 in aid of the Genesis Research Trust which funds research to assist prevent miscarriages and stillbirths.

Posts on Lorraine’s Facebook page reveal that they wore pink tutu dresses over cycling shorts throughout the 220 mile week-long ride.

New couple? On Wednesday, the TV chef, 61, was seen passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton, 58, who has been close friends with Fern, 65, for years (pictured together in 2016)

Recent couple? On Wednesday, the TV chef, 61, was seen passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton, 58, who has been close friends with Fern, 65, for years (pictured together in 2016) 

Cosy: According to onlookers, Phil and Lorraine, a former general manager of a restaurant, couldn't keep their hands off each other as they reportedly stopped twice in the street to share a kiss (pictured in 2014)

Cosy: In response to onlookers, Phil and Lorraine, a former general manager of a restaurant, couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they reportedly stopped twice on the street to share a kiss (pictured in 2014)

One picture of them smiling together of their riding gear on a beach was accompanied by the words: ‘Poseurs!!! With the beautiful Fern’.

Additionally they appeared together in group shots including a celebratory snap at the top of their marathon ride which Lorraine captioned with the words: ‘Finished!! Absolutely fabulous’.

One other humorous picture after the charity ride showed Fern beside an ageing taxi with a caption by Lorraine explaining: ‘Attempting to tell the taxi driver where to go while Fern casually poses’. A second picture showed them posing for a selfie contained in the cramped cab.

In response to The Sun, who obtained pictures of Lorraine and Phil kissing, the brand new couple were on a date and were seen leaving the hotel along with overnight bags of their hands.

Breaking the girl code? Lorraine has been close with Fern, 65, for years and they have documented their friendship on Instagram (pictured together in 2017)

Breaking the girl code? Lorraine has been close with Fern, 65, for years and so they have documented their friendship on Instagram (pictured together in 2017) 

Final photograph together: Four months prior to announcing her divorce, Fern and Lorraine enjoyed a bike ride with friends in Lake Windermere in September 2019 with pictures of the pair shared on social media

Final photograph together: 4 months prior to announcing her divorce, Fern and Lorraine enjoyed a motorbike ride with friends in Lake Windermere in September 2019 with pictures of the pair shared on social media

On the move: Lorraine and Fern were also among a group of women who went on a charity cycle ride in Madagascar in September 2017 in aid of the Genesis Research Trust which funds research to help prevent miscarriages and stillbirths

On the move: Lorraine and Fern were also amongst a gaggle of ladies who went on a charity cycle ride in Madagascar in September 2017 in aid of the Genesis Research Trust which funds research to assist prevent miscarriages and stillbirths

Wives club: In 2019 Lorraine shared a picture the pair of them as they sipped glasses of fizz, saying: ‘Wives club at The Punch Bowl’

Wives club: In 2019 Lorraine shared an image the pair of them as they sipped glasses of fizz, saying: ‘Wives club at The Punch Bowl’

A friend near Fern told the publication: ‘They give the impression of being like teenagers in love and that can be just so hurtful for Fern. Behaving this manner in public will feel like a betrayal.’

Phil and Lorraine, a former general manager of a restaurant, couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they reportedly stopped twice on the street to share a kiss.

Lorraine shares two children along with her husband Simon, but has said their marriage is over.

Fern and Phil split in 2020 after 20 years together and Phil’s latest public love comes weeks after the TV star revealed she struggled along with her marriage breakdown.

An insider said: ‘Phil and Lorraine kissing on the road like this can be heartbreaking for poor Fern. They give the impression of being like teenagers in love and that can be just so hurtful for her.’

‘They’re two of crucial people in her life and them behaving this manner in public will feel like a betrayal.’

Out and about: Their social media pages have been littered with pictures of the group out together at various functions, with Lorraine spending time with the exes on joint occasions as well as separately

Out and about: Their social media pages have been affected by pictures of the group out together at various functions, with Lorraine spending time with the exes on joint occasions in addition to individually

Fun times: Another humorous picture from 2017 showed Fern beside an ageing taxi with a caption by Lorraine explaining: ‘Trying to tell the taxi driver where to go while Fern casually poses’

Fun times: One other humorous picture from 2017 showed Fern beside an ageing taxi with a caption by Lorraine explaining: ‘Attempting to tell the taxi driver where to go while Fern casually poses’

Phil was last seen on TV on Tuesday morning, serving a sausage tray bake during a This Morning segment with Take That is Mark Owen.

The news outlet have reported that Phil stayed in a flat after filming and the next morning he was seen walking across the capital with Lorraine.

Just two months ago in July, Fern spoke about how she wished she could’ve ‘persevered’ at their marriage, during a latest interview with Prima Magazine.

Fern said she ‘doesn’t wish to be the poster girl for separate’, and explained that many couples experience their relationship coming to a natural end.

Happier times: A second picture showed them posing for a selfie inside the cramped cab

Happier times: A second picture showed them posing for a selfie contained in the cramped cab 

Live for today: Fern still follows Lorraine's Instagram page, whose bio reads: 'Cherish your yesterday's, dream your tomorrows, but live for today oh yes!'

Live for today: Fern still follows Lorraine’s Instagram page, whose bio reads: ‘Cherish your yesterday’s, dream your tomorrows, but live for today oh yes!’

Reflecting on her tough but amicable split, she said: ‘This latest chapter has come at the appropriate time for me. I don’t desire to be the poster girl for separation, though, because lots of people undergo the identical thing.

‘Often, the youngsters leave home and also you have a look at one another and go, ‘Ah, where will we go from here?’ I only wish I used to be the kind of one that could have persevered through that, but I could not,’ she explained.

The pair share one daughter, Winnie, 20, while Fern is mum to twins Jack and Harry, and daughter Grace – who she shares with ex-husband Clive Jones.

She and Phil called time on their long run marriage after realising it had ‘run its course’ – as they were left living solo when their brood flew the nest.

Fern has previously explained how difficult it’s to ‘bounce back’ from a divorce, sharing back in March that the ‘rebound is difficult’.

And it seems she’s still steering clear of dating for the moment, explaining how vital her own space is. 

New love: The TV chef, 61, was pictured passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton (pictured), 58, who has been close friends with presenter Fern for year

Recent love: The TV chef, 61, was pictured passionately kissing Lorraine Stanton (pictured), 58, who has been close friends with presenter Fern for 12 months

The TV personality told Prima: ‘I’m not considering dating immediately. I have never been seeing anyone and no person has approached me, which is sweet, too.

‘If someone got here along who was lovely and type and we didn’t need to live together – if he had his life and I had mine – that could be perfect. 

Concluding: ‘But alternatively, life is pretty bloody perfect immediately and I’m blissful with my company, so meeting someone would simply be icing on the cake.’

Fern announced her split from Phil in January 2020, with the pair each tweeting in matching statements: ‘After greater than 20 blissful years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We’ll at all times share a terrific friendship and our lovely children.

‘We might appreciate it if our privacy is respected right now. Thanks in your continued kindness and support. [sic]’

Struggles: Fern has previously explained how difficult it is to 'bounce back' from a divorce, sharing back in March that the 'rebound is difficult' (pictured in 2015)

Struggles: Fern has previously explained how difficult it’s to ‘bounce back’ from a divorce, sharing back in March that the ‘rebound is difficult’ (pictured in 2015) 

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