30/01/2020 07:15 GMT

Fern Britton Splits From This Morning Chef Husband Phil Vickery After 20 Years

The celebrity couple met on the ITV daytime show and married in 2000.

Fern Britton and Phil Vickery have announced they have split up after 20 years together.

The presenter and This Morning chef confirmed they had gone their separate ways in separate messages on Twitter, with both insisting the split is amicable.

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Fern Britton and Phil Vickery

“After more than 20 happy years together, Phil and I have decided to go our separate ways,” she wrote. “We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children.

“We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thankyou for your continued kindness and support.”

The former This Morning and Ready, Steady Cook host married the celebrity chef in 2000 following her split from Clive Jones in the same year.

Phil split from his ex Sarah Ann Lock in 1999.

The couple have a 17-year-old daughter, Winnie together. Fern also has twins Harry and Jack, and daughter Grace, with ex Clive.

Phil and Fern met on This Morning, when Fern hosted alongside Philip Schofield.

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Fern Britton (left) and her husband Phil Vickery leaving the London Studios in central London, after her final day on This Morning television programme.

Speaking about the beginnings of their romance, Fern told the Telegraph in 2016: “The boys were four; Grace hadn’t even started toddling.

“I remember thinking at the time that nobody was going to take a 40-something woman with three kids.

“Then, one day at work, someone said, ‘Phil Vickery fancies you.’ And I went, ‘Remind me - which one is he?’

“Eventually, I kidnapped him, put him and his dirty washing - he was single at the time - in my car and drove him home. The next day, he baked me his irresistible gooseberry crumble.”

She added: “He is my life’s great love, a really amazing husband, partner, friend.”

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