Fern Britton shares resilient message with fans after split from Phil Vickery

Fern Britton has shared a message of resilience with her fans after announcing that her marriage to Phil Vickery had come to an end.

The TV presenter, 62, said she "gets up again" in a defiant post she made to Twitter on Tuesday evening.

It comes after she went public with her split from Phil after 20 years of marriage and raising their 18-year-old daughter Winnie together.

Fern's comment came in response to a tweet made by author Philippa Perry, who said she'd seen a story about the first Briton to die of the coronavirus and mistakenly thought it was a story about Fern dying.

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Philippa posted: "Got the most awful horrid shock the other day – headline was: First Briton to die of virus and I didn't read it properly, I saw the F and the B and I thought for a second.. anyway very glad to see you."

"I get knocked down, but I get up again," Fern responded.

Her tweet was a quote from iconic 1997 single Tubthumping by Chumbawumba.

Fern announced the split on Twitter in January.

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She wrote: "After more than 20 happy years together, Phil and I have decided to go our separate ways.

"We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children . We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thankyou for your continued kindness and support."

Fern and Phil married in 2000 afte meeting on the set of BBC Two's Ready Steady Cook.

She recently opened up about the split in an interview with Woman & Home magazine, saying: "We simply needed to follow our own paths. Over time we realised we weren't necessarily having the kind of life we once did. It seemed right to say 'thank you' and move on.

"But we do have a good frienship. Phil and I had the greatest fun together and we have the most beautiful daughter together, Winnie…. as so we will always be connected."

She added: "Life has changed for me in the last 10 years, especially with my career. So it's lovely to think I can just concentrate on writing, the kids and getting on with life. This feels quite comfortable, and Phil and I knew it was the right thing to do."

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