After claims that Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin could split a £30 million fortune as part of their divorce settlement, it has now been reported that the figure could in fact be much higher.
It is now reported that Ant is set to pay 41 year old Lisa a whopping £31million, which would be Britain’s priciest celebrity divorce settlement to date.
And it’s claimed that I’m A Celebrity host Ant is prepared to part with the £31million — said to be half of his huge net worth — to end their 11 year marriage on good terms.
“It’s a huge amount but he wants Lisa to be financially and emotionally supported”, claims an insider.
“He wants things to be amicable and doesn’t want a drawn out court battle with Lisa.”
The source said: “He still views her as a best friend and wants them both to be able to walk away from the marriage positively.
Lisa Armstrong shares a sweet snap with her friends as they support her through Ant’s absence in Australia [Twitter]
“He is happy to give Lisa 50 per cent in the divorce if that is what is agreed by their lawyers”, the insider told The Sun.
A source close to Lisa reportedly said: “She is not motivated by money and doesn’t want a fight. But this was a real shock to her so she’s not going to rush things either.”
It was initially thought that Lisa could get up to £15 after Ant and his co-host Declan Donnelly were estimated to be worth around £30 million each, with the duo raking in £29.48million before tax in 2017 for presenting work.
But the fresh report has claimed that in addition to the money earned for hosting and presenting over the years, 42 year old Ant has other revenue streams that have earned him a fortune in their own right.
Ant and Dec co-own a production company, Mitre Television, and a promotions company, Hurley Promotions.
Ant also owns a firm called Teecourt Limited — which had £12million in the bank according to documents filed last week — and owns 50% of a property empire.
A statement announcing Ant and Lisa’s marriage split was issued on 13th January.