Ant McPartlin ‘offers ex-wife Lisa Armstrong fresh divorce talks in a bid to reach a settlement’

He’s been gearing up to make his return to co-host I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and is set to jet to Australia later this month. 

And, Ant McPartlin, 43, has reportedly offered to have fresh divorce talks with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, 43, in a ‘desperate bid’ to reach a settlement ‘behind closed doors’ and avoid a potentially ‘very public and messy divorce hearing.’

The presenter is said to be keen to break the stalemate in their ongoing dispute over a £62 million financial settlement, which has seen Lisa determined not to sign an NDA.

Fresh talks: Ant McPartlin, 43, has reportedly offered to have fresh divorce talks with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, 43, in a to reach a settlement 'behind closed doors' (pictured in May 2017)

Fresh talks: Ant McPartlin, 43, has reportedly offered to have fresh divorce talks with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, 43, in a to reach a settlement 'behind closed doors' (pictured in May 2017)

Fresh talks: Ant McPartlin, 43, has reportedly offered to have fresh divorce talks with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, 43, in a to reach a settlement ‘behind closed doors’ (pictured in May 2017)

According to The Sun, Ant has pushed for new mediation talks – which take place away from court between their lawyers.  

The estranged couple are currently in a stalemate over a £62 million financial settlement and reportedly made no progress during arbitration last month.

The publication also claims that Ant fears that, if their lawyers cannot strike a deal, the divorce case will be sent back to the High Court.

If that were to happen, it could lead to a ‘very public and messy divorce hearing’ which Ant is said to be keen to avoid, and instead wants to reach an agreement as soon as possible and ‘behind closed doors’.

Trying again: The presenter is said to be keen to break the stalemate in their dispute over a £62 million financial settlement and avoid a potentially 'very public and messy divorce hearing'

Trying again: The presenter is said to be keen to break the stalemate in their dispute over a £62 million financial settlement and avoid a potentially 'very public and messy divorce hearing'

Trying again: The presenter is said to be keen to break the stalemate in their dispute over a £62 million financial settlement and avoid a potentially ‘very public and messy divorce hearing’

Mediation: According to The Sun, Ant has pushed for new mediation talks - which take place away from court between their lawyers (pictured in 2015)

Mediation: According to The Sun, Ant has pushed for new mediation talks - which take place away from court between their lawyers (pictured in 2015)

Mediation: According to The Sun, Ant has pushed for new mediation talks – which take place away from court between their lawyers (pictured in 2015)

On her terms: Lisa is said to be determined not to sign an NDA and is reportedly refusing to be pressured into settling for a pay-off, unless it's right for her

On her terms: Lisa is said to be determined not to sign an NDA and is reportedly refusing to be pressured into settling for a pay-off, unless it's right for her

On her terms: Lisa is said to be determined not to sign an NDA and is reportedly refusing to be pressured into settling for a pay-off, unless it’s right for her

But insiders close to Lisa have told the publication that she is refusing to be pressured into settling for a pay-off, unless it’s right for her. 

Another key focus of their divorce talks surrounds the agreement over custody of their five-year-old chocolate Labrador, Hurley, who currently spends alternate weeks between them.

According to the publication, the ongoing stalemate between the former couple has so far seen the legal bill rise part the £1million mark.  

MailOnline has contacted Ant McPartlin’s representatives for comment. 

Worried? The publication also claims that Ant fears that, if their lawyers cannot strike a deal, the divorce case will be sent back to the High Court (pictured in 2016)

Worried? The publication also claims that Ant fears that, if their lawyers cannot strike a deal, the divorce case will be sent back to the High Court (pictured in 2016)

Worried? The publication also claims that Ant fears that, if their lawyers cannot strike a deal, the divorce case will be sent back to the High Court (pictured in 2016)

Meanwhile, Ant is gearing up to return to co-hosting I’m A Celebrity with Declan Donnelly on Sunday November 17 on ITV. 

I’m A Celeb’s upcoming series marks Ant’s first time back in the jungle since 2017, which came before his drink-drive arrest and subsequent break from presenting.

While the TV star was replaced by presenter Holly Willoughby last series, bosses had previously confirmed he would always return to the show following his TV hiatus. 

Not ideal: If that were to happen, it could lead to a 'very public and messy divorce hearing' which Ant is said to be keen to avoid (pictured in 2015)

Not ideal: If that were to happen, it could lead to a 'very public and messy divorce hearing' which Ant is said to be keen to avoid (pictured in 2015)

Not ideal: If that were to happen, it could lead to a ‘very public and messy divorce hearing’ which Ant is said to be keen to avoid (pictured in 2015)

Better option? Instead, Ant reportedly wants to reach an agreement as soon as possible and 'behind closed doors'

Better option? Instead, Ant reportedly wants to reach an agreement as soon as possible and 'behind closed doors'

Better option? Instead, Ant reportedly wants to reach an agreement as soon as possible and ‘behind closed doors’

It’s been reported that Ant former PA turned girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett – whom he calls his ‘rock’ – will be by his side when he jets out to Oz for his return to I’m A Celeb!

The Mail on Sunday revealed the blonde is planning to accompany him to Queensland from November, and she may take her two daughters, too.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Ant has formed a strong bond with Anne-Marie’s children – he loves kids and he is embracing having a family around him. They, in turn, want to support him as he makes his comeback on I’m A Celeb.

‘All eyes will be on him after he took last year off, so it is a fairly big deal for him. He has had a very difficult couple of years.’

 

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