Fern Britton speaks out on split from Phil Vickery after 20 years of marriage

'We needed to follow our own paths': Fern Britton speaks out on split from Phil Vickery after 20 years of marriage as star insists she's feeling 'confident, strong and indestructible'

By Emma Powell Showbusiness Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:16 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 15:33 GMT, 2 March 2020

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A month after announcing the end of her 20-year marriage, Fern Britton says she is feeling 'confident, strong and indestructible'.

The TV presenter, 63, admits she suffered a 'difficult' time in splitting with TV chef Phil Vickery, 58.

Opening up for the first time about why they parted, and insisting they are both 'doing OK', she told Woman and Home magazine: 'We simply needed to follow our own paths.

Stronger than yesterday: Fern Britton says she is feeling 'confident, strong and indestructible', one month after announcing her split from Phil Vickery after 20 years of marriage

Stronger than yesterday: Fern Britton says she is feeling 'confident, strong and indestructible', one month after announcing her split from Phil Vickery after 20 years of marriage

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'Over time we realised we weren't necessarily having the kind of life we once did. It seemed right to say "thank you" and move on.

'But we do have a good friendship. Phil and I had the greatest fun together and we have the most beautiful daughter together, Winnie... and so we will always be connected.'

The couple broke the news with synchronised tweets on January 29, saying they would 'always share a great friendship'.

Breaking news: Fern and Phil Vickery broke the news of their split with synchronised tweets on January 29, saying they would 'always share a great friendship'. Pictured in 2007

Breaking news: Fern and Phil Vickery broke the news of their split with synchronised tweets on January 29, saying they would 'always share

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