Fern Britton gave no hint of marital woe in tweet days before split announcement

Fern Britton gave no hint at any marital strife as she liked a gushing tweet about her husband in the days leading up to their split.

The former This Morning host, 62, announced her split from Phil Vickery, 58, last night in a joint statement where they vowed to remain good friends.

The news was met with surprise from fans, particularly as Fern made a public show of how loved-up she was just days before.

Five days prior to the break-up announcement, Fern liked a post on Twitter about her TV chef hubby appearing to signal all was well between them.

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The response came after a fan wished Fern good luck on her latest charity cycling ride.

"All best wishes Fern. You do yourself a disservice. You are gorgeous and Phil is a very lucky man xxx" they wrote.

Fern, who shares daughter Winnie with Phil, immediately hit the 'like' button.

Then days later told her 65,000 followers on the site that her marriage to Phil had crumbled.

She and Phil both wrote on the social media site: "After more than 20 happy years together, [we] have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children"

The news comes just one month after the death of Fern's father, the actor Tony Britton, who died at the age of 95 three days before Christmas.

Phil and Fern tied the knot in 2000 and were to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary later this year.

The pair, who first met on This Morning, always seemed like the perfect match on and off camera.

Two years ago, Fern spoke about her and Phil's marriage, suggesting she would rather have a cup of tea than have sex.

She told Good Housekeeping: "Sex is great but a cup of tea is great, too. There's nothing nicer than getting into bed with a cuppa and having a hug and a chat – that's love.

"Lust is great, but when you really love someone and you trust each other, and you're in bed together drinking tea and chatting, that is a true relationship."

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