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Fern Britton reflects on her split from ex-husband Phil Vickery


‘The rebound is difficult’: Fern Britton reflects on her split from ex-husband Phil Vickery and reveals she turned to ‘yoga, meditation and walking’ to help heal her broken heart

Fern Britton reflected on her split from husband Phil Vickery in a cover shoot for woman&home magazine. 

The presenter, 64, split from her husband in 2020 after two decades together and said that she turned to ‘yoga, meditation and walking’ in order to help herself heal and move on in life. 

The mother-of-four went on to rubbish claims that you can ‘bounce back’ after a split, reasoning that it takes time to get over a broken heart. 

'The rebound is difficult': Fern Britton reflected on her split from husband Phil Vickery in a cover shoot for woman&home magazine

‘The rebound is difficult’: Fern Britton reflected on her split from husband Phil Vickery in a cover shoot for woman&home magazine

She explained: ‘People say they bounce back from a long relationship, but it takes a while. The rebound is difficult. You chuck the pebble in the pond, but the ripples go on for a very long time. 

‘It’s been a long time getting to the dawn, but I’m in another brand-new chapter and do feel it will be all right. I have a lot of peace in my life. I’m doing more yoga, meditation and walking – a bit of self-care.’

Fern went on to explain that she feels more comfortable now that she’s in her 60s, and feels far more confident in her own mind.   

Happier times: The presenter, 64, split from her husband in 2020 after two decades together and said that she turned to 'yoga, meditation and walking' in order to help herself heal (pictured together in 2007)

Happier times: The presenter, 64, split from her husband in 2020 after two decades together and said that she turned to ‘yoga, meditation and walking’ in order to help herself heal (pictured together in 2007) 

Facts: The mother-of-four went on to rubbish claims that you can ‘bounce back’ after a split, reasoning that it takes time to get over a broken heart

‘Speaking my mind has come with age,’ she said. ‘It must be something to do with hormones! When you get to 40, you think, “I’m not going to take any more s**t from anybody.”

‘When you get to 50, you start saying “F**k off!” to everybody. When you’re 60, you think, “Do you know what? I can’t be a***d.” I’m allowed to say it.’

With her newfound confidence also comes the courage to take more risks in life, with Fern noting she’s prepared to push the boundaries. 

She explained: 'People say they bounce back from a long relationship, but it takes a while. The rebound is difficult. You chuck the pebble in the pond, but the ripples go on'

She explained: ‘People say they bounce back from a long relationship, but it takes a while. The rebound is difficult. You chuck the pebble in the pond, but the ripples go on’

Feeling good: Fern went on to explain that she feels more comfortable now that she's in her 60s, and feels far more confident in her own mind

Feeling good: Fern went on to explain that she feels more comfortable now that she’s in her 60s, and feels far more confident in her own mind

She said: ‘I’m comfortable knowing I might make a fool of myself. I’m quite confident with giving things a go because I’m not frightened to fail.’ 

Reflecting on her 2012 stint on Strictly Come Dancing – where she  was eliminated fifth with partner Artem Chigvintsev – she said: ‘I liked Strictly because it was fun and entertaining.

Out soon: Read the full interview in the May issue of woman&home, on sale April 7

Out soon: Read the full interview in the May issue of woman&home, on sale April 7

‘And I thought, “Why not give it a go?” But I learnt that really I’m not a performer! I never feared live telly. At one stage, I was in studios so much, I was actually nervous at home! The studio was where I felt completely calm.’

Fern announced her split from Phil in January 2020, with the pair both tweeting in matching statements: ‘After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children.

‘We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support. [sic]’

The couple share daughter Winnie, 19, whilst the Ready Steady Cook presenter also has twins Harry and Jack, 27, and Grace, 24, with former husband Clive Jones.  

Read the full interview in the May issue of woman&home, on sale Thursday April 7. 

Confidence: Fern reflected on finding the courage to take part in the 2012 stint on Strictly Come Dancing - where she was eliminated fifth with partner Artem Chigvintsev

Confidence: Fern reflected on finding the courage to take part in the 2012 stint on Strictly Come Dancing – where she was eliminated fifth with partner Artem Chigvintsev

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