Ant McPartlin's estranged wife Lisa Armstrong smokes during LA shopping trip... as she FINALLY ditches picture of embattled star from Twitter banner

  • The makeup artist's tweet came amid claims she's demanding £50million
  • Ant's new girlfriend Anne-Marie is friends with Declan Donnelly's wife Ali Astall
  • Their friendship will no doubt comes as a blow to Lisa, who reportedly booted Ant's new lover out of the home she used to share with the TV host after a ferocious bust-up last year
  • Anne-Marie was present when Ant arrived at a police station in March to answer drink driving charges, and was also at his later court hearing. 
  • And since the breakdown of the couple's 18-year relationship, Ant is said to have increasingly leaned on her

Lisa Armstrong was spotted indulging in a spot of retail therapy on Saturday, after escaping to Los Angeles.

The makeup artist headed to the upmarket Fred Segal store in the city, amid fresh revelations about her estranged husband Ant McPartlin's new romance.

The outing came as Lisa finally removed the picture of herself with Ant from her Twitter banner, five months after he announced their split, publicly.  

Sunnier climes: Lisa Armstrong was spotted indulging in a spot of retail therapy on Saturday, after escaping to Los Angeles amid new revelations about Ant McPartlin's new romance

Sunnier climes: Lisa Armstrong was spotted indulging in a spot of retail therapy on Saturday, after escaping to Los Angeles amid new revelations about Ant McPartlin's new romance

Moving on: Lisa has finally removed Ant from her Twitter banner picture, five months after he announced their split publicly

Moving on: Lisa has finally removed Ant from her Twitter banner picture, five months after he announced their split publicly

Out with the old: Ant featured with Lisa and their dog Hurley on her social media, as above

Out with the old: Ant featured with Lisa and their dog Hurley on her social media, as above

Showing off her new blonde hair, Lisa puffed on a cigarette, as it the headlines continue about Ant's new romance with Lisa's former PA and pal Anne-Marie Corbett.

Lisa 42, was dressed in a navy dress with colourful striped sleeves for her shopping trip.

She added a pair of brown leather ankle boots and accessorised with a chunky silver watch.

The makeup artist was also still sporting her wedding ring on her left hand, as she enjoyed a cigarette outside the store.

Retail therapy: The makeup artist headed out to the upmarket Fred Segal store, after escaping to Los Angeles to stay with a friend
Retail therapy: The makeup artist headed out to the upmarket Fred Segal store, after escaping to Los Angeles to stay with a friend

Retail therapy: The makeup artist headed out to the upmarket Fred Segal store, after escaping to Los Angeles to stay with a friend

Escaping the drama: Showing off her new blonde hair, Lisa tried to take her mind off the ongoing headlines  about Ant's new romance with Lisa's former PA and pal Anne-Marie Corbett

Escaping the drama: Showing off her new blonde hair, Lisa tried to take her mind off the ongoing headlines about Ant's new romance with Lisa's former PA and pal Anne-Marie Corbett

Still on: The makeup artist was still wearing her wedding ring on her left hand

Still on: The makeup artist was still wearing her wedding ring on her left hand

Lisa appeared to be exasperated with the all of the reported speculation on how she's been handling the fallout, when she took to Twitter on Sunday to lash out at the 'lies, lies, lies'.

The makeup artist's three-word tweet came amid an avalanche of headlines circling around her - including claims that she's demanding £50million of her TV presenter ex's fortune - which fans speculated have been 'planted' by the star's PR team.

After Lisa sent out the tweet, a horde of fans shared their thoughts on the breakdown of the marriage, Ant's new relationship and whether she was right to be sharing her feelings on social media.

Low key: Lisa 42, was dressed in a navy dress with colourful striped sleeves for her shopping trip

Low key: Lisa 42, was dressed in a navy dress with colourful striped sleeves for her shopping trip

Speaking out: Lisa appeared to also be exasperated with the all of the reported speculation on how she's been handling the fallout, when she took to Twitter on Sunday to lash out at the 'lies'
Speaking out: Lisa appeared to also be exasperated with the all of the reported speculation on how she's been handling the fallout, when she took to Twitter on Sunday to lash out at the 'lies'

Speaking out: Lisa appeared to also be exasperated with the all of the reported speculation on how she's been handling the fallout, when she took to Twitter on Sunday to lash out at the 'lies'

Fleeing the country: Ant's ex has been staying with friends in Los Angeles amid the drama 

Fleeing the country: Ant's ex has been staying with friends in Los Angeles amid the drama 

Defending Lisa from one follower who criticised her tweet, one fan wrote: 'I actually think she's been very dignified considering all the "leaks" from "close friends" (ex-husband's PR machine) she's having to endure. It's absolutely disgusting.'

Also sharing her stance, another stated: 'I don't feel like anyone has the right to judge Lisa. There is no right way to deal and cope with pain.

'If she wants to tweet about it then that's what she needs to do... We are all human and deal with things differently. Less judgement, more understanding I think.'

Pick me up: The blonde carried a shopping bag around after hitting some designer boutiques
Pick me up: The blonde carried a shopping bag around after hitting some designer boutiques

Pick me up: The blonde carried a shopping bag around after hitting some designer boutiques

Away from it all: Despite escaping thousands of miles away Lisa has still been active on social media, hitting out at recent reports the day after her shopping trip 

Away from it all: Despite escaping thousands of miles away Lisa has still been active on social media, hitting out at recent reports the day after her shopping trip 

Having her say: Ant's estranged wife has been keen to get her side of the story across via social media 

Having her say: Ant's estranged wife has been keen to get her side of the story across via social media 

However, while one Twitter user expressed their support for Lisa, they also questioned whether her current actions were helping her move on.

'I think after 23 years together it's appalling that Ant is allowing his PR to launch this offensive,' they wrote. 'Reflects very badly on @antanddec and Dec's wife. However, Lisa please remove your ring, stop tweeting, remove his pic and move forward.'

Insisted another: 'I think it's better to stay off social media for a bit until you have things sorted. Plus it helps not feeding into negativity. I wish you well.'

Venting her feelings: The makeup artist has taken to social media to share her feelings over certain aspects of her split from Ant McPartlin (pictured) over the past several days 

Venting her feelings: The makeup artist has taken to social media to share her feelings over certain aspects of her split from Ant McPartlin (pictured) over the past several days 

Slam: On Sunday, Lisa took to Twitter to slam the 'lies' in recent reports about her and her ex

Slam: On Sunday, Lisa took to Twitter to slam the 'lies' in recent reports about her and her ex

Show of support: Following Lisa's tweet on Sunday, an army of fans expressed their support

Show of support: Following Lisa's tweet on Sunday, an army of fans expressed their support

Heartbreak: Lisa recently expressed her heartbreak on social media, following the news that Ant had moved on to a romance with her former PA and friend Anne-Marie Corbett (pictured)

Heartbreak: Lisa recently expressed her heartbreak on social media, following the news that Ant had moved on to a romance with her former PA and friend Anne-Marie Corbett (pictured)

Advice: Other Twitter users urged Lisa to keep her heartbreak off social media, while others appeared to be in full belief of the stories that have been circulating about her

Advice: Other Twitter users urged Lisa to keep her heartbreak off social media, while others appeared to be in full belief of the stories that have been circulating about her

Apparently embracing some of the recent reports about Lisa, one naysayer questioned the timing of her statement, saying: 'Funny how it's only lies how it's about you. But I sure hope it is a lie. Because £50 milion is not only insane, it's vindictive. Let Ant move on with his life. This is just ridiculous.'

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Ant McPartlin for comment. 

It was recently reported that Ant's new girlfriend Anne-Marie already has a good friendship with Declan Donnelly's wife Ali Astall. 

It comes as reports have emerged the TV's host's estranged wife Lisa has allegedly fallen out with the couple in the wake of Ant's new romance.

Pals: It has been reported that Declan Donnelly's wife Ali has become pals with Anne-Marie

Pals: It has been reported that Declan Donnelly's wife Ali has become pals with Anne-Marie

A source told The Mirror: 'Ali and Ann Marie are friends, there is no animosity there, they have known each other for a long time and get on well.

'Ali is also friends with Lisa, they have always been pals, it is a tricky situation for Ali but she is handling the situation well. It is a relief for Ant, that Dec and Ali get on so well with Ann Marie. It has made everything a lot easier.'

Their friendship will no doubt comes as a blow to Lisa, who reportedly booted Ant's new lover out of the home she used to share with the TV host after a ferocious bust-up last year.

According to The Sun, the pair who were once 'firm friends', with Lisa even attending Anne-Marie's daughter's baptism, have not spoken since she sacked her as her PA.

Close friends: A source said of Dec and Ali's reported closeness to Anne-Marie, 'It is a relief for Ant, that Dec and Ali get on so well with Ann Marie. It has made everything a lot easier'

Close friends: A source said of Dec and Ali's reported closeness to Anne-Marie, 'It is a relief for Ant, that Dec and Ali get on so well with Ann Marie. It has made everything a lot easier'

A source told the publication: 'Lisa snapped, she sacked Anne-Marie, told her to clear up her stuff and leave. 

'Things went rapidly downhill between Lisa and Anne-Marie after rehab, which led to Lisa sacking her as her PA.

'Anne-Marie felt Lisa took out some of her distress and anxiety on her and it was not fair, staff at James Grant sorted it out and she carried on working for Ant, but Anne-Marie is stunned Lisa’s been playing the friend card this week after all that happened.' 

The pair were once close friends, with Lisa attending Anne-Marie's daughter's baptism in 2012. 

Happier times: The foursome had been firm friends for years, prior to Ant and Lisa's split last year (pictured together in 2015) 

Happier times: The foursome had been firm friends for years, prior to Ant and Lisa's split last year (pictured together in 2015) 

Photos obtained by The Sun, show the two smiling for the camera as they hold the PA's two children.  

However, the source added Anne-Marie later grew frustrated with the 'humiliating' tasks Lisa set, which left her feeling more like a 'skivvy, not a professional working for a top talent agency' and while Ant was said to be understanding, Lisa 'turned on her'.

The reports come after the Strictly make-up artist slammed Anne-Marie for 'breaking girl code', and claimed she only found about their relationship in media coverage.

It later emerged that Lisa had 'suspected months ago' that their former PA was romantically involved with Ant, after seeing a picture of him carrying a packed lunch - seemingly given to him by Anne-Marie.

Meanwhile, Ant has reportedly offered his estranged wife their sprawling West London mansion, in a bid to come to their divorce agreement as smoothly as possible.

According to The Sun, the presenter wants to settle their split 'quickly and painlessly'. 

The paper reports the couple, who split after twelve years in January, are now only talking through lawyers, following a number of tense convesations over the phone. 

Keen to smooth things over sooner rather than later, Ant has now reportedly offered Lisa their multi-million pound home in Chiswick, in return for her signing the paperwork. 

A source said: 'Ant wants this settled quickly and painlessly. He doesn't want to fight and made it clear Lisa could have an extremely generous offer.

'He even said he would sign over their house.' MailOnline has contacted the presenter's representatives for further comment. 

Deal: Keen to smooth things over, Ant has now reportedly offered Lisa their multi-million pound home in Chiswick, in return for her signing the paperwork (pictured in 2015) 

Deal: Keen to smooth things over, Ant has now reportedly offered Lisa their multi-million pound home in Chiswick, in return for her signing the paperwork (pictured in 2015) 

Relations between the pair are thought to have worsened in recent weeks, following the emergence of his romance with their former PA. 

Last week, The Mirror reported the pair came to blows over their Labrador Hurley during a phone call - leading Lisa's dad Derek, who is currently staying with her, to intervene. 

A source told the publication: 'The conversation quickly got heated... it was to do with who should have Hurley next, as they are meant to be sharing custody.'

After a reported bout of profanities on both ends, Lisa's father is said to have taken the phone out of her hand and furiously told Ant: 'Don’t you dare speak to my daughter like that.'

Clashing: The pair are thought to have endured several rows over the phone - one of which occurred hours before Ant's arrest for drink-driving earlier this year (pictured at court) 

Clashing: The pair are thought to have endured several rows over the phone - one of which occurred hours before Ant's arrest for drink-driving earlier this year (pictured at court) 

It was also claimed by the source that Lisa 'is no angel' and there 'many arguments about Hurley rooted in the fact she refused to believe the marriage was over and was being stubborn at every single turn.' 

Hours after the alleged war of words, McPartlin was arrested after losing control of his black Mini and smashing into two other cars, a Mini and a BMW, while driving in Richmond, west London on March 18. 

Anne-Marie was present when Ant arrived at a police station in March to answer drink driving charges, and was also at his later court hearing. 

And since the breakdown of the couple's 18-year relationship, Ant is said to have increasingly leaned on her.

Devastated: The reports come after Lisa publicly expressed her heartache on Twitter, after news of Ant's relationship with her former friend broke (above) 

Devastated: The reports come after Lisa publicly expressed her heartache on Twitter, after news of Ant's relationship with her former friend broke (above) 

Happier times: Ant filed for divorce from Lisa in January, after 12 years of marriage

Happier times: Ant filed for divorce from Lisa in January, after 12 years of marriage

 

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