Exclusive: Fern Britton opens up on ‘difficult’ marriage breakdown as she reveals her therapy is ‘very much a part’ of her life

Fern Britton spoke to woman&home about the breakdown of her marriage to Phil Vickery, how therapy helped her through and the potential of finding love again, in an exclusive interview for our July issue. 

The iconic daytime TV host, who is turning 67 this year, got candid about the loss of her marriage to chef and former colleague, Phil Vickery, after two decades together, revealing that while it was tough, there’s no bad blood between them now. 

Fern, who has twin sons Jack and Harry, 30, and 26-year-old daughter, Grace, with ex Clive Jones, also shares 22-year-old daughter Winnie with Phil. She says that her and Phil’s split was “difficult” but the “hurt” has gone – with Winnie their key priority now.  

Fern Britton on woman&home July 2024 cover

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“My marriage breakdown was a very difficult time. Phil was 20 years of my life and we share a daughter. It’s not ideal that our marriage didn’t work, but it didn’t towards the end and so here we are,” Fern said.