Anthea Turner kicks out husband Grant Bovey over 'affair' with woman, 24Property developer Bovey is alleged to have started the relationship while the television presenter was working in CanadaBovey left his first wife for Turner in 1998
Turner is said to be relying on support from his three daughters
00:35 GMT, 29 July 2012
Anthea Turner has kicked her husband Grant Bovey out of their 5 million home after confronting him over claims that he was having an affair with a 24-year-old woman.
The television presenter asked
property developer Bovey, 50, to leave the five-bedroom property in
Esher, Surrey, last week after being told by a friend that he had been
seen kissing a young woman in a London restaurant.
Bovey is said to have
admitted being friends with the woman but denied they were having an
affair while Ms Turner, 52, was working on a Canadian TV show.
Considering her future: Anthea Turner, with Grant Bovey, is said to be devastated
friend of Anthea’s told The Mail on Sunday: ‘She confronted Grant last
week. She told him she wanted to know what was going on.
‘He said, “You went off to Canada, I met this girl, but she’s just a friend.”
‘Anthea didn’t believe him. She had been told by someone she trusted that
Grant had been seen out with this girl in London and they looked more
'Someone saw them kissing in a restaurant. Anthea is
‘She is not taking phone calls because she can’t help breaking down in tears.’
Bovey left his first wife, Della, for Ms Turner in 1998 and the couple married two years later.
He is understood to be staying at a London hotel while Anthea – who is being comforted by her stepdaughters Lily, Amelia and Claudia – considers her future.
The couple's 5 million Surrey home, with Anthea has asked her husband of 12 years to leave
The couple managed to keep hold of their luxury home, despite Grant being declared bankrupt last year
On Friday Ms Turner, a former GMTV
presenter and once one of the highest profile women on television, gave
no hint of the couple’s problems when she posted a series of messages
She tweeted: ‘Olympic goulash being made bunting up. Party tonight for opening ceremony so exited [sic].’
continued: ‘@ameliabovey @claudiabovey @lilybovey all watching the
most amazing TV spectacular Olympic opening. Proud to be British.’
A source close to the presenter said Lily, 20, Amelia, 19, and Claudia, 16, remained her priority and their support had helped give her the strength to kick out Bovey.
The source said: ‘Anthea is very close to the girls and wants that relationship to continue.
'She doesn’t want to be seen being nasty about their dad but right now she wants to take some time out to consider her next move.
‘Grant was declared bankrupt three years ago and since then Anthea has been working in Canada to keep their finances afloat.
The pair married in 2000 after meeting two years earlier, when Grant left his wife for Anthea
'She did three series of her show to earn money and keep the family together and while she’s been working hard, he’s been doing this.
‘She would go to Canada for three weeks at a time, then come back for two weeks, and it was while she was away that she believes this was going on.’
Ms Turner found fame on Blue Peter, breakfast programme GMTV and BBC’s Top Of The Pops and was once married to former Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell.
But her squeaky clean image was shattered when it was disclosed she was having an affair with Bovey, who was a family friend.
Their wedding in 2000 was a public relations disaster when it was revealed the couple had signed a 450,000 contract to pose for a magazine shoot while eating a new chocolate bar.
Ms Turner subsequently struggled to find mainstream presenting work and took part in Channel 4’s reality series Celebrity Big Brother in 2001.
She and Bovey moved into the property business, launching Imagine Homes, which became Britain’s biggest buy-to-let property firm.
But it was one of the first victims of the financial crisis when it went into administration in 2008 with debts of up to 50 million.
Anthea Turner with her husband Grant Bovey and his three daughters outside 10 Downing Street in 2006. The trio, Lily, 20, Amelia, 19, and Claudia, 16, are said to be supporting their step-mother
Bovey was discharged from bankruptcy in March 2011 and a month later he and Ms Turner moved into their new home in Esher, where neighbours include former England football captain John Terry and quiz show host Chris Tarrant.
Two years ago Ms Turner signed up to appear as a judge for Canadian reality series Dinner Party Wars, on Food Network Canada.
During the programme couples are rated for their skill at hosting dinner parties.
A spokesman for Ms Turner said last night: ‘Anthea is devastated.’