Fern Britton is feeling 'down' after ex-husband Phil Vickery's heartbreaking admission

Sad times.

Fern Britton leaves TV studios
Fern Britton is feeling 'down' following split from Phil Vickery
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Seeing an ex move on is never easy, so it's no surprise Fern Britton has confessed she's feeling "down" after Phil Vickery said he's "completely happy" following their split.

The TV couple called time on their 20-year marriage last January, and Fern appears to be harbouring some sadness about the whole thing, having previously admitted she's "exhausted" after the split. 

This Morning chef, Phil, is usually incredibly private about their divorce, but he insisted he's feeling positive about life during a rare interview over the weekend.

"I'm completely happy," he confessed, to Entertainment Daily, after being quizzed on the matter. "The kids are all good."

Despite life's hardships, Phil said mindset is everything. "Life... You've got to  be positive and I'm always a positive person," he admitted. 

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Hours after Phil's admission, Fern took to Twitter to share a video of her walking in the torrential rain.

Asking her followers how they are coping as the pandemic rumbles on, Fern asked, "Are you having an up day or a down day, or upside down all the way through?

“Sometimes up, sometimes down, this morning I must admit I had a bit of a down when I looked in the mirror!” 

Rather than sit and wallow, Fern had dragged herself out on a walk to clear her mind.

“So I’m on a 5K walk in the rain and when I get back, I’m going to have a cup of tea, sit at my desk and continue writing for as long as I can, which will probably be six and a half minutes,” she revealed. 

Fern Britton and Phil Vickery before their split

Fern Britton and Phil Vickery before their split 

(Image credit: Getty)

Shortly after announcing their split last year, Fern was adamant she felt happier than ever, claiming, "I feel confident, strong and indestructible," despite having to call in the professionals to clear Phil Vickery's belongings from her home.

With a new lease of life, Fern was keen to "get everything done because life is running short" now she’s nearing 70. 

But, nearly a year into the covid-19 pandemic, and Fern - who is locked down in Cornwall with her two daughters - is no doubt missing her wider support network. 

She admitted, "I think we all have elements of loneliness. I'm living with my two daughters so I'm not physically lonely, but sometimes you get a bit lonely in the brainbox. I miss being with people my age."

Georgia Farquharson
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