Lisa Armstrong is reportedly set to host a divorce party worth £40,000 following her ‘£31 million’ settlement from ex Ant McPartlin.
The make-up artist, 43, is said to be in the process of organising a meeting with top party planners in a bid ‘to focus on the positives in her life’ after her high-profile split from the TV veteran, 44.
According to The Sun, the former Deuce singer is keen on pulling out all the stops for the bash, which will feature a Frank Sinatra tribute act, fireworks and goodie bags filled with keyrings from Tiffany and Louis Vuitton card holders.
Moving on: Lisa Armstrong is reportedly set to host a divorce party worth £40,000 following her ‘£31 million’ settlement from ex Ant McPartlin
A source claimed her pals first encouraged her to book a holiday, but the media personality is now looking forward to hosting a ‘full-blown divorce party’.
The insider said: ‘She’s already made enquiries with top party planners in London and LA, one of whom works a lot with the Ecclestone sisters and is setting up an initial meeting to hear their ideas.
‘The budget is in the region of £40,000, she may even do a theme, but it’ll be in London. Of course, having rosé champagne on tap works for her, as does plenty of unpretentious food.
‘She would like to have a live singer, even a Frank Sinatra tribute act and fireworks. She’d like luxurious party favours, mini bottles of champagne, keyrings from Tiffany and Louis Vuitton card holders.’
New life: The make-up artist, 43, is said to be in the process of organising a meeting with top party planners after her high-profile split from the TV veteran, 44 (pictured in November)
The life of the party: The former Deuce singer is keen on pulling out all the stops for the bash (pictured with Ant and his sidekick Declan Donnelly)
They also alleged Lisa’s focus is to show her appreciation towards her nearest and dearest – including her mother Linda, brother Stephen and her Strictly family – for their support during her difficult break-up as she enters a new stage in her life.
MailOnline has contacted Lisa’s representatives for further comment.
Late last month, presenter Ant reportedly handed over £31 million to Lisa in their divorce settlement, including their £5 million home in West London, after an ‘eight-hour negotiation’.
She was said to have been the ‘peacemaker’ during a recent eight-hour long discussion about her divorce from the TV star, reported The Sun.
The publication first claimed the host offered up more than half of his estimated £50m fortune, but was ‘delighted’ that the case has come to an end as he can ‘move on’, two years after announcing their split.
However, as the news broke, Lisa took to Twitter to deny the reports, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’
She went to ‘like’ tweets that stated: ‘no amount of money could ever compensate for what this poor girl has had to endure’, and ‘Get what you can!
‘You deserve it! Terrible treatment of you since you found out when we did! And with a so called friend! It’s heartbreaking behaviour.
Grateful: A source alleged Lisa’s focus is to show her appreciation towards her nearest and dearest for their support (pictured with her mum Linda in January)
‘I bet the money means nothing in some respects, it certainly can’t buy the respect she deserves or make up for the sh***y spineless way he scurried off & tried to silence her.
‘Whatever the sum is I’m sure it will be put to much better use & I wish her all the best’; and ‘Why do people care what you get, no amount of money big or small can change the fact a heart was broken’. [sic]
The news comes two months after friends of the pair told The Mail On Sunday that despite efforts by Ant to keep their split low-key, Lisa still wanted her day in court.
Lisa, a make-up artist on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, is understood to feel that Ant ‘got away with a lot’ following their split in 2017.
She is also thought to be dismayed and deeply hurt that he moved on so quickly when he started a new relationship with his former personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett.
A source close to the couple said: ‘Ant has been very generous in terms of the financial settlement but Lisa is totally the opposite of someone who is motivated by money.
‘She doesn’t care about that – she earns her own. But she has been so hurt by all of this.
Denial: However, as the news broke, Lisa took to Twitter to deny the claims, posting: ‘Nope a load of nonsense AGAIN….’
Supportive fans: Lisa went on to like tweets that stated ‘no amount of money’ would be compensation for her experience in recent months
‘What the general public and his fans don’t realise is that Ant’s decision to end the marriage came after years of Lisa trying to save him from himself.
‘There were at least three years when she was at her wits’ end and it was tough. Watching him move on was very, very difficult. Lisa is very much aware that a judge may not award her as much as Ant is offering but she doesn’t care.
‘She has suffered tremendously in all of this and she wants her day in court.’
Lisa, who hired Catherine Bedford, head of family law at legal firm Harbottle & Lewis, to represent her, is also said to have been distraught over a newspaper interview in which Ant told how he was ‘happier than ever’ with Anne-Marie.
The couple married in July 2006 and announced they were divorcing in January 2018. Their union legally came to an end during a 30-second hearing in October that year, finalising 11 years of marriage.
During the hearing, Ant had to technically admit adultery with Anne-Marie as their relationship officially began while he and Lisa were still married.
Love life: Presenter Ant is currently in a relationship with his former PA Anne-Marie Corbett (pictured in July last year)