21/05/2012 07:14 BST

Tim Healy: 'Denise And I Are Happier Than Ever'

Tim Healy has opened up about his split from Denise Welch, insisting the pair are happier than ever since they broke up.

In February, the Loose Women star revealed live on air that her 24-year marriage to the Benidorm actor was over, following a series of stories in the press about her romance with toyboy Lincoln Townley, who is 14 years her junior.

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Denise came under fire for flaunting her new relationship at parties and for admitting she was set to move in with her new beau.

But Tim claims the former couple have had the most amiable split in showbiz history, and insists they are loving life with their respective partners.

He told The Mirror: "There's no arguing - we're happy. Things couldn't be better and the kids are getting used to it.

"We will always love each other, we're like best friends and always will be. We are getting on better than ever."

And Tim - who is dating Joan Anderton, who he met in local pub - insists he is happier than ever with his new partner.

He adds: "Now I've got a new young lady and we get on great. Denise has got a boyfriend, that's OK too."

Denise recently admitted she felt like Osama Bin Laden after the backlash she received following the breakdown of their marriage.