This Morning: Fern Britton reminisces with Eamonn and Ruth

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Fern Britton, 64, says she is currently in a “transition period” of her life, 18 months after her split from husband Phil Vickery. The 64-year-old author was married to the TV chef for 20 years.

In January 2020, the pair announced that they were going their separate ways leaving the writer to start a new phase of her life.

Fern shares 19-year-old daughter Winnie with the 60-year-old and is also mum to twins Jack and Harry, 27, and daughter Grace, 24, from her first marriage to Clive Jones.

And now, the former This Morning presenter has opened up about embracing the change following three “very hard” years.

In a new interview, she revealed that in addition to the breakdown of her marriage she also lost her parents.

Fern, who is the September cover star of Good Housekeeping, told the publication that she wasn’t afraid of change.

“The last three years have been very hard; I lost my parents, I lost my marriage.

“I lost my other home in Buckinghamshire, too, because Phil lives there now and I’m in Cornwall. But the magic I’ve found here is incredible.

“I’ve made some wonderful girlfriends and that’s been a lovely surprise,” she explained.

Fern’s late father was actor Tony Britton, who was best known for starring in The Day of The Jackal.

He died in December 2019 at the age of 95.

Her mother Ruth, who separated from Tony when the TV star was very young, died the year before at the age of 94.

Following her death in April 2018, Fern paid tribute to her mum online.

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Alongside a picture of the former World War Two army sergeant, she wrote: “My Mum. Ruth. Both mother and father to me.

“Funny, ferocious, and a woman once met, you couldn’t forget. 24.1.24 / 17.4.18.

“So brave and uncomplaining.

“An army sergeant WW2, beauty queen, teacher, and all woman,” she tweeted.

She previously praised her mum for helping her to find her feet when her first marriage ended in 1998.

The following year, Fern met Phil when she was fronting cookery show Ready Steady Cook.

They married in the spring of 2000 and welcomed their daughter in August 2001.

The former couple announced their separation on social media in January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

In between writing during lockdown, The Daughters of Cornwall author has been documenting her life on the micro-blogging site.

Read the full interview with Fern Britton in the September issue of Good Housekeeping on sale on the 28th of July. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.

Fern’s book Daughters Of Cornwall (HarperCollins) is out now.

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