Lisa Armstrong cements bond with Ant McPartlin’s pal Stephen Mulhern

Lisa Armstrong enjoyed a night out with Ant McPartlin’s good friend Stephen Mulhern this week.

Ant’s ex put their divorce behind her as she enjoyed the Rising Star awards with Stephen and Emma Willis at Under the Bridge in west London.

The head of makeup at Strictly Come Dancing looked glamorous as she dressed all in black with her platinum blonde hair slicked back.

Earlier this year, she was unceremoniously dumped from her duties as a makeup artist by bosses on Saturday Night Takeaway amid fears her presence could prove too “awkward” for Ant .

But she has since landed herself a new gig alongside Ant’s close pal Stephen.

Lisa was seen assisting the Saturday Night Takeaway presenter as he filmed scenes for spin-off show, In For A Penny, on the streets of Cardiff in the summer.


An insider had previously told The Sun that ITV bosses weren’t keen on bringing Lisa, 41, back to Saturday Night Takeaway after her bitter split from Ant, 42, despite her working only with Stephen, 41, on the show.

“Lisa was always very popular among the rest of the team, as well as very professional,” the source revealed.

“But producers just felt having her back this year would be awkward.”

“She works with Stephen a lot and they’re close, just as he’s close with Ant and Dec. But because of the set-up at the studios it would be impossible for Lisa and Ant to avoid spending lots of time in the same room.

“Ant would never have asked for her to leave but in the circumstances the production team just felt it could be difficult so felt they couldn’t invite her back on.

“It’s a very sensitive situation and show bosses didn’t want to inflame it.”

Lisa’s new gig comes amid reports she is no longer speaking to Ant’s best pal Declan Donnelly , 42, or his wife Ali Astall, 40, despite their years of friendship.

"[Lisa’s] really put out that Dec and Ali have totally sided with Ant over all of this,” a source told The Sun.

“Even though Ant and Dec have always been best mates, she thought they would still remain close even after the split."

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