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Beaming Ant McPartlin walks the dog with his mother

By Rebecca Davison for MailOnline

Published: 08:43 EST, 18 January 2018 | Updated: 09:02 EST, 18 January 2018

He announced that he will be divorcing his wife, Lisa Armstrong, earlier this month – and Ant McPartlin flashed a beaming smile as he went for a walk on Friday.

The 42-year-old appeared in good spirits as he strolled through Richmond Park with his mother, Christine and his pet pooch.

He was wrapped up against the cold in a tweed hat and quilted Barbour coat, with a bright red plaid scarf.

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Back to his best: Ant McPartlin beamed as he walked the dog with his mother in Richmond Park on Friday as he attempts to move on from his marital split

Back to his best: Ant McPartlin beamed as he walked the dog with his mother in Richmond Park on Friday as he attempts to move on from his marital split

Split: The 42-year-old presenter announced that he is to divorce Lisa Armstrong (right) in a statement, released earlier this month Split: The 42-year-old presenter announced that he is to divorce Lisa Armstrong (right) in a statement, released earlier this month 

Split: The 42-year-old presenter announced that he is to divorce Lisa Armstrong (right) in a statement, released earlier this month

He wore Berghaus trousers and comfortable looking shoes, while carrying a large stick for his dog to catch.

Ant's mother was also wearing a big smile, no doubt thrilled to see her son feeling back to his best, as she strode along in her wellies.

The much-loved television presenter has just returned from a trip to Blackpool where he has been filming the Britain's Got Talent auditions.

Happier: The much-loved television presenter has just returned from a trip to Blackpool where he has been filming the Britain's Got Talent auditions and seemed in high spirits Happier: The much-loved television presenter has just returned from a trip to Blackpool where he has been filming the Britain's Got Talent auditions and seemed in high spirits 

Happier: The much-loved television presenter has just returned from a trip to Blackpool where he has been filming the Britain's Got Talent auditions and seemed in high spirits

Give us a hug: Ant's pooch made a few new pals as they walked through the parkGive us a hug: Ant's pooch made a few new pals as they walked through the park

Give us a hug: Ant's pooch made a few new pals as they walked through the park

Two's company: Ant and his mother had wrapped up warm for the occasion as they went for their wholesome day out Two's company: Ant and his mother had wrapped up warm for the occasion as they went for their wholesome day out 

Two's company: Ant and his mother had wrapped up warm for the occasion as they went for their wholesome day out

Ant has been filming the BGT auditions in Blackpool this week and Lisa was thought to be making an appearance as she's a make-up artist on the show, but she was not present Ant has been filming the BGT auditions in Blackpool this week and Lisa was thought to be making an appearance as she's a make-up artist on the show, but she was not present 

Ant has been filming the BGT auditions in Blackpool this week and Lisa was thought to be making an appearance as she's a make-up artist on the show, but she was not present

Making it work: The make-up artist has reportedly been moved off Britain's Got Talent to avoid 'awkward' backstage encounters Making it work: The make-up artist has reportedly been moved off Britain's Got Talent to avoid 'awkward' backstage encounters 

Making it work: The make-up artist has reportedly been moved off Britain's Got Talent to avoid 'awkward' backstage encounters

Peaceful: Sources claimed Lisa, who is Stephen Mulhern's beauty assistant, is keen to 'continue as normal' and wants to keep things 'civilised' with her husband of 11 yearsPeaceful: Sources claimed Lisa, who is Stephen Mulhern's beauty assistant, is keen to 'continue as normal' and wants to keep things 'civilised' with her husband of 11 years

Peaceful: Sources claimed Lisa, who is Stephen Mulhern's beauty assistant, is keen to 'continue as normal' and wants to keep things 'civilised' with her husband of 11 years

His estranged wife had been expected to have made an appearance.

However, the make-up artist has reportedly been moved off Britain's Got Talent to avoid 'awkward' backstage encounters.

The former pop singer, 41, will allegedly work on show's spin-off Britain's Got More Talent instead, where she will be less likely to run into Ant amid their rumoured £31million divorce battle.

Sources claimed Lisa, who is Stephen Mulhern's beauty assistant, is keen to 'continue as normal' and wants to keep things 'civilised' with her husband of 11 years.

A moment of reflection: Ant and his other later headed to the water's edge to feed the ducks A moment of reflection: Ant and his other later headed to the water's edge to feed the ducks 

A moment of reflection: Ant and his other later headed to the water's edge to feed the ducks

Carry on regardless: Ant has been pictured looking down in recent months, but it looks as though he is looking positively towards the futureCarry on regardless: Ant has been pictured looking down in recent months, but it looks as though he is looking positively towards the futureDevoted: He is pictured walking his dog most days, whenever he does not have work commitmentsDevoted: He is pictured walking his dog most days, whenever he does not have work commitments

Carry on regardless: Ant has been pictured looking down in recent months, but it looks as though he is looking positively towards the future

Bold choice: Ant ( pictured right with Declan Donnelly) was pictured in a pink Kiss Me Quick hat on Tuesday afternoon, as he commenced Britain's Got Talent filmingBold choice: Ant ( pictured right with Declan Donnelly) was pictured in a pink Kiss Me Quick hat on Tuesday afternoon, as he commenced Britain's Got Talent filming

Bold choice: Ant ( pictured right with Declan Donnelly) was pictured in a pink Kiss Me Quick hat on Tuesday afternoon, as he commenced Britain's Got Talent filming

'Lisa has worked on BGT for years and is keen to continue as normal. She has friends there and enjoys being part of the show,' a source told The Sun.

'She's generally done Stephen's make-up and helped other people but this year the plan is for her to work exclusively on the spin-off.'

The insider added: 'They are all keen to keep things civilised with Ant. It should certainly mean less awkward encounters.'

Planned ahead: Mother and son brought along a couple of balls to keep their pooch entertained Planned ahead: Mother and son brought along a couple of balls to keep their pooch entertained 

Planned ahead: Mother and son brought along a couple of balls to keep their pooch entertained

Tough times ahead: No doubt is gearing himself up for a potential £31m divorce battleTough times ahead: No doubt is gearing himself up for a potential £31m divorce battle

Tough times ahead: No doubt is gearing himself up for a potential £31m divorce battle

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