Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne quietly divorces second wife Joanne McCue after five years
Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne has divorced from his second wife, Joanne McCue, after five years.
The 63-year-old quietly ended the marriage in December, but has not made a public statement and has refused to discuss reasons for the split.
A friend has said the break-up, which was first revealed by the Daily Mail, was bitter.
It's over: Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne has divorced from his second wife, Joanne McCue, after five years
Bitter: Bannatyne emerged today after it was confirmed that he had ended his second marriage
'It was far from amicable,' the source told The Sun.
'Duncan just wants to move on but he has had a very traumatic few months.'
The father-of-six has previously spoken of being denied access to his two youngest children, with Joanne, 45.
She allegedly demanded 1,000 a day on top of maintainance for Emily, 10, and Tom, eight and for their mansion and holiday home in France.
He had been travelling from London back up North to spend time with the children.
The star also claimed her demands were so steep, he was forced to lay off 43 staff from his gyms and property empire.
The couple met when Joanne was the director of his Quality Care Home business in the 1990s and they married in 2006.
Powerhouses: Duncan, second right, with his Dragons Den: co-stars James Caan Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.
Duncan has spoken of his severe depression after the marriage break-up, tweeting in July: 'My day could not have been worse. Suicide is considered an option.'
He was also left depressed when his marriage to first wife Gail ended.
He had four children with her.
Despite the messy divorce, Duncan has been seen at events around London recently.
He posed happily at a charity event in November enjoying the company of beauty queen, Hayley Mac.