'I cried every day for months': Michelle Mone on her split from husband Michael and learning her was dating her colleague
17:12 GMT, 31 May 2012
17:57 GMT, 31 May 2012
Michelle Mone has confessed that she cried every day for months after her marriage split – and has vowed never to tie the knot again.
The Ultimo founder said she was 'distraught' after finding out husband Michael had begun a relationship with her former colleague Samantha Bunn.
Glasgow-born Michelle, 40, said she cried herself to sleep every night after the 'heart-breaking' split from her husband of 20 years.
'Distraught': Michelle Mone says she cried every day for months following the breakdown of her marriage
Speaking to presenter Jane Garvey on Radio 4's Woman's Hour this week, she said: 'It was very difficult. I was on my own for five months and it was absolutely heart-breaking.
'I cried myself to sleep every night and during the day as well. I was just absolutely distraught.
'I thought “how could you, with a member of my team that I've managed for four years”, how could she lie to me so much and stay in my house next door and have dinner at night with my kids How could he have a relationship with her I was absolutely shattered by it.'
Split: Michelle and husband Michael ended their relationship at the end of last year
Michelle, who had an operation to remove a cancerous mole on her shoulder two weeks ago, split with Michael late last year.
She said it was her parents who encouraged her to jet to Dubai and her friends, former Liverpool star John Barnes and his wife Andrea that introduced her to her new love, businessman Karl French.
Michelle said: 'I took my kids to Dubai, I said to my mum and dad “I can't get on this flight” and they said, “get on that flight for your kids. You need to move on Michelle”.
'I was crying a Terminal Five, saying “I can't do it.”
Move on: Michelle reveals that her good friend John Barnes and his wife Andrea (pictured this week wit Mone) helped her to move on, inviting her on nights out
'Then my good friends John and Andrea Barnes said, “you're coming out with us tomorrow night”, I said “I can't, I just want to stay in my hotel”.
'Andrea took me out with a group of friends, one of John's best friends, we sat next to him, he said his name was Karl and we just started to chat, he was in a similar situation to me, he has three girls and I just think – a day at a time.
'I'm still of the opinion I'll never marry again. I got hurt so badly that I just don't want to ever do that again.
'But everyone keeps saying “never say never, Michelle”.'
Friends of friends: It was John who introduced Michelle to new love Karl French
The entrepreneur, who shed six and a half stone over two years, also spoke of her pact to lose weight with former Spice Girl and Ulitmo model Mel B and now treats her 'body like a business'.
She said: 'I made a deal with Mel B. I was crying on the beach one day in Miami and she said to me “what's wrong”
'I said, “I'm ginormous”. She said, “set yourself a goal, treat your body like a business” so I set myself Key Performance Indicators.
'She said “if you're going to do it you should do a shoot and encourage other women to feel good about themselves”.
'So when I lost six and a half stone and said the deal was to do my own shoot and it was a tasteful shoot.'
Weight loss: Michelle said she now treats her body 'like a business' after a six and a half stone weight loss