Fern Britton and husband Phil Vickery split was 'on the cards for years'

Fern Britton, 62, and her estranged husband Phil Vickery, 58, were reportedly 'often not on speaking terms' and their shock split is said to have been 'on the cards for years'.   

The former This Morning star and celebrity chef announced their shock separation earlier this week after 20 years of marriage.     

It has now been claimed that the timing of their split has 'not come as a surprise' as it coincided with the couple's daughter Winnie turning 18. 

Fraught? Fern Britton, 62, and her estranged husband Phil Vickery, 58, were reportedly 'often not on speaking terms' and their shock split is said to have been 'on the cards for years' (pictured in 2008)

Fraught? Fern Britton, 62, and her estranged husband Phil Vickery, 58, were reportedly 'often not on speaking terms' and their shock split is said to have been 'on the cards for years' (pictured in 2008) 

An insider told The Mirror: 'Fern and Phil went through periods when they weren't even speaking to one another.

'There were some really rough patches and it looked like deep cracks had developed. Things were fraught.'  

MailOnline has contacted Fern and Phil's representatives for comment. 

Fern and Phil's daughter Winnie turned 18 in August 2019, with her famous mother marking the occasion with a sweet post on Twitter.  

Sad: The former This Morning star and celebrity chef announced their shock separation earlier this week after 20 years of marriage (pictured in 2009)

Sad: The former This Morning star and celebrity chef announced their shock separation earlier this week after 20 years of marriage (pictured in 2009)  

Milestone: Fern and Phil's daughter Winnie turned 18 in August 2019, with her famous mother marking the occasion with a sweet post on Twitter

Milestone: Fern and Phil's daughter Winnie turned 18 in August 2019, with her famous mother marking the occasion with a sweet post on Twitter

The television presenter and the celebrity chef shocked fans when it was revealed they were going their separate ways after two decades. 

The split comes just one month after the passing of Fern's father, actor Tony Britton, who died, aged 95, three days before Christmas. 

On Twitter, both Fern and Phil wrote matching statements which read: 'After

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Tom Brady teased for being a 'crybaby' and more as he reads Mean Tweets ahead ...
NEXT Love Island CONFIRMS the return of Casa Amor