Hours before the March car crash Ant McPartlin had a heated argument with Lisa Armstrong
Anthony's friends have said that his former wife isn't as innocent as she is made to appear in the whole squabble.
More drama for Anthony McPartlin. According to a report in Mirror, he and his former wife Lisa Armstrong had a heated argument a couple of hours before the unfortunate car crash that Ant caused in March this year. Before the crash he and his wife fought about their dog Hurley, the report said.
Ant was supposed to look after their black lab Hurley but he seemed to disagree with Lisa. Armstrong is said to have discussed the matter with a friend of hers. She told her friend that she had reportedly spoken to Ant at lunchtime on Sunday, March 19 about who would take care of Hurley next.
The friend told the publication, "Lisa was at home with her dad when Ant rang. The conversation quickly got heated – it was to do with who should have Hurley next, as they are meant to be sharing custody. It quickly descended into angry words and swearing between them," the friend said. It got so bad that Lisa's dad Derek had to calm the fight down, the friend alleged to Mirror, saying, "At one point, Lisa's dad took the phone out of Lisa's hand and firmly told Ant, 'Don’t you dare speak to my daughter like that'".
Anthony's friends, on the other hand, have said that his former wife isn't as innocent as she is made to appear in the whole squabble. A friend close to Anthony, reportedly said, "Lisa is no angel in this. She would have been giving it back, and then some. There have been so many arguments over Hurley. It's been rooted in the fact Lisa refused to believe the marriage was over and was being stubborn at every single turn." This fight was also reportedly the last conversation the former couple had. "They don't speak anymore. They have a new agreement in place for Hurley, which is a set routine," a source told Mirror.
Ant and Lisa divorced in early 2018 and had been together for more than a decade. They married in 2006 but split after 11 years of togetherness. He first met Lisa in 1994, who is a makeup artist and has also dabbled with a pop career which fizzled out before she could make it big. She has worked on 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'X-Factor'.
The saga of bitterness reached new heights after the car crash earlier this year. The crash happened after Ant was found to have had one too many drinks - twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest, reports DailyMail. He allegedly hit two other cars as well, injuring a four-year-old minor girl with his Mini in Richmond, south west London in March. His mother was also in the car with him at the time.
The charge sheet reportedly said, "Drove a motor vehicle, namely a Black Mini…after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath, namely 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit." The Wimbledon Crown Court handled the case and Ant was slapped with a £86,000 fine and 20-month driving ban. He later apologized for the incident to the police, saying, "I'm very sorry I did this. I'm ashamed and mortified that this happened."
Few months down the line, after reports of Ant's rumored romance began circulating on the Internet, Lisa caused a mini flutter by talking about his current girlfriend, his ex-PA Anne Marie Corbett. Apparently, Ant went to rehab post the incident and that is when the two grew close.
A source told the Sun, "Lisa has suspected something as going on for quite some time and feels let down by Anne-Marie." Another friend told the same publication, "He's had a tough time of it, but Anne-Marie has put a smile back on his face again. She has been his rock." Anne had appeared with him during his court hearing in April as well as during his arrest in March. She was also spotted with him on the way to the rehab center.
She works at a London management company that Anthony's bff Dec Donnelly's wife Ali Astall works at. She's been working there for 10 years. The couple was first photographed together when they were spotted walking Ant's dog this April. Clearly, her supportive nature and presence have helped blossom this professional relationship into a full-fledged romance.
Ant's ex-wife recently took to Twitter to express her discontentment. She tweeted multiple posts, speaking about how betrayed she felt. She tweeted in reply to friend Nicola McLean, "Yeah My Friend and OUR Pa who I let into OUR home. 💔" Nicola McLean wrote, "Sending my love Lisa!! Really feel for you worst pain ever." Clare Buckfield, Dec's ex also came out in support. She retweeted a support message saying, "Love you doll - you'll be OK promise. Me and Clare Buckfield will make sure of that."
When it comes Anne-Marie and Lisa, a lot has happened in the past few weeks. Lisa's anger was fueled by the fact that she had to find out about them so publicly despite her nagging suspicions. The Sun suggests that Lisa is even more embittered since Anne-Marie has two children of her own. Lisa and Ant had been trying to conceive for a long time but had failed and he is getting what he wants most with Anne-Marie is hurting her.