Ant McPartlin’s prospects may be looking up again after a year spent recovering from drink and drug addictions, but there’s still one blemish on his bright future: Lisa Armstrong.
With a new relationship, a return to his TV work and months of sobriety under his belt, Ant should be spending the festive period counting his blessings.
But, according to insiders, his bitter divorce battle with ex Lisa threatens to overshadow Christmas entirely.
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As heat magazine claims, the once-happily married pair are now fighting over who gets their beloved labrador Hurley on the big day – which Ant will be spending with his PA-turned-girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett.
"You would think they could move on with their lives now, but they’re still clashing," a source reveals.
"They’re on course to ruin one another’s Christmas, as they’ve been rowing over who gets to spend it with Hurley – there’s even talk that the pup will have to go between the two of them during the day.
"Ant’s girlfriend must have hoped the drama over Hurley was at an end, but Lisa is making herself part of the day, whether they like it or not."
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Lisa is due to jet out to Los Angeles for New Year’s to celebrate with friends, but is said to want Hurley to herself on Christmas Day because Ant will be with Anne-Marie.
Her two young children will no doubt divide their time between Anne-Marie and their father, Scott Corbett.
Ever since Ant and Lisa split late last year following 11 years of marriage, Hurley has been spending a week at each of their homes.
The five-year-old chocolate lab gets ferried between Lisa’s Chiswick home and Ant’s rented mansion in south-west London by a private chauffeur, who has worked with Ant and Dec for years.
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Hurley has been a source of bitter battles between the exes
Hurley was at the centre of a row between the couple of hours before Ant’s drink-driving crash in March, as the Mirror exclusively revealed.
The two had a blazing argument over the phone over who would get custody of the pooch, prompting Lisa’s dad to intervene and tell the I’m A Celebrity host not to speak to his daughter like that.
The fresh divorce drama comes just days after we revealed Ant is planning his big telly comeback when he rejoins Britain’s Got Talent .
He will be reunited with Declan Donnelly when filming starts again in mid-January, having pulled out of the live shows to focus on getting sober in rehab.
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But, as a consequence of his return, Lisa has been axed from her job as makeup artist on Britain’s Got More Talent after more than 10 years of working on the show.
Gutted Lisa was told the news last week, a pal told the Mirror, and has been responding to fans’ Twitter messages saying she didn’t understand why she was being punished for Ant’s mistake.
Mirror Online has contacted Ant’s rep for comment.
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