Fern Britton cryptically posts about ‘the power of a family’ after Phil Vickery split

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Fern Britton has spoken candidly of the importance of family with her 79,700 followers on Twitter, as she responded to a tweet by Jill Stein, the former wife of celebrity chef Rick Stein, who shared a post about their sons. The presenter spoke of her love for her own family, following her separation from husband Phil Vickery last year.

Jill shared a sweet post about her three boys’ involvement in the family business.

She tweeted: “Succession my three sons who are all doing so well driving our business in this new era @RickSteinRest.

“It is their turn now Ed ⁦@JackStein @CharlieStein1 #padstow #families.”

Fern replied to the tweet as she highlighted the importance of family.

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The presenter wrote: “The power of a family.”

The family post comes after Fern’s now ex Phil expressed how he was “happy” following their split.

Chatting to Entertainment Daily last month, he admitted he was: “Completely happy, the kids are all good.

“Life… You’ve got to be positive and I’m always a positive person.”

Fern and Phil first crossed paths on the set of Ready Steady Cook, and after hitting it off, they soon started dating.

They went on to tie the knot in 2000 and were married for 20 years before they announced their split last January.

At the time, Fern took to Twitter as she announced they had gone their “separate ways”.

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

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“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.”

Amid their split, Fern spoke of how after two decades of marriage the couple needed to follow their “own paths”.

She told Woman & Home magazine: “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.”

Together Fern and Phill share their only daughter Winnie, who is now 19-years-old.

Fern also has three children from her previous marriage to TV executive Clive Jones.

During their 12 year marriage, they welcomed sons Jack and Harry as well as daughter Grace.

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