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‘Britain's Got Talent': David Walliams To Miss New Series Launch Following Split From Wife Lara Stone

08/04/2015 10:23 BST | Updated 08/04/2015 10:59 BST

David Walliams will reportedly miss this year’s ’Britain’s Got Talent’ launch, choosing instead to jet off on holiday following his split from wife Lara Stone.

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According to The Sun, the former ‘Little Britain’ star is not ready to face the press after the pair called time on their marriage last month.

Although Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon will be appearing at the launch, reps for the comedian insist David booked the holiday before splitting from his model wife.

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David Walliams

A source told The Sun: “The BGT launch is a massive deal and it is very rare that judges ever miss it. Simon Cowell will be there, as will Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, but David will be on holiday.

“He has been very brave and kept up some of his media commitments but he was bound to face questioning about Lara. We can only assume the holiday was supposed to be a family break. It will make the trip doubly difficult.”

David and Lara are set to divorce next month, according to reports.

The couple tied the knot in 2010, but it was reported in March that they were taking time out from their relationship and had agreed to a “trial separation”.

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Lara Stone and David Walliams

Following this, it has now been claimed that they are set to split permanently, and will sign divorce papers in the next few weeks.

David has reportedly being helped through his emotional split by his good friend and fellow comedian, Catherine Tate, who recently starred alongside him in a sketch for Comic Relief.

An insider told the Mirror: “David has been trying to keep busy as much as possible, he is trying to not let this get the better of him.

“One person who has really been there for him is Catherine. She split with her partner who she has a child with and she knows what David is going through.”

Another star who has been there for him is his fellow ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Simon Cowell, who revealed recently: “I said to him, ‘you’re not the only person in this situation.’ That’s a cliche thing to say but it’s true. Don’t feel too sorry for yourself.

“It’s bad news and I feel bad for him but he has to carry on with his life.”

A BGT spokesman said: “David will be not be attending the press launch as he will be away. This is a pre- existing engagement which was booked before the date of the launch was set.”

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