Fern Britton’s ex-husband recently made headlines after he was spotted sharing a kiss with his former wife’s friend Lorraine Stanton, 58. The friends were pictured in London last month.
The This Morning chef has since addressed the pictures and insisted the two are just friends.
In a new interview, Phil, 61, also touched on Fern’s response to the photos after she took to Twitter and shut down the claims.
When quizzed by MailOnline, Phil said: “Could not possibly comment on that because she’s just a friend.”
He added: “We’re just mates having lunch for goodness sake.”
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Asked if ex-wife Fern, 65, was satisfied with his explanation he added: “Yes, she put a tweet out. There you go, we’re friends.”
Phil is referring to a tweet Fern posted in the wake of the pictures in which she labelled the reports as untrue.
Fern’s post comes after pictures emerged of her ex-husband Phil seemingly kissing her best friend Lorraine Stanton.
The snaps emerged, just two years after the former couple’s divorce, with Fern’s pal Lorraine even enjoying a girl’s trip with the former This Morning presenter four months prior to her split with Phil.
“We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children. We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support.”
The former couple share daughter Winnie, 21, while the Ready Steady Cook presenter also has twins Harry and Jack, 28, and Grace, 25, with ex-husband Clive.
Lorraine, who was pictured with Phil, has spoken out about her home life.
She reportedly told the same publication she had moved out of her family home after splitting from her husband and they are going through a “grieving period”, following the recent loss of her stepfather.