With the shock news that Ant McPartlin’s 11-year marriage to Lisa Armstrong was on the rocks, both he and she are being supported by their respective groups of friends.

Lisa, 41, who works as a make-up artist for Strictly Come Dancing, is looking for a fresh start after moving out of the £2million home she shared with TV presenter Ant.

And it looks like she’s already taken the first step towards independence with a brand new makeover, starting with fresh blonde locks to make a change from her usual brunette tresses.

Mirror Online’s body language expert and analyst Judi James reveals just what those little changes mean – and Lisa’s real feelings since her split…

Lisa was pictured walking the couple’s dog Hurley – who will become the centre of a high-profile custody battle – with brand new blonde hair

It’s good to hear that Lisa is leaving her marriage with dignity, focusing on her strength and throwing herself into her work, but one glance at her body language reveals the very natural pain that she has been through is still etched on her face.

Compared to the shots taken in the happier days of her marriage we can see her smile has turned into a mouth clamp with lips pulled in, which is often a signal of regret.

Lisa’s courage shows in the way she holds her head high but the expression in her eyes looks anguished and there is a suggestion in the skin around the eyes that she is still spending a lot of her time crying.

Lisa, left, with friends

Lisa and Ant in happier times

Lisa has also gone blonde since the split. A dramatic change of hair style or colour is common after the breakdown of a relationship and it often signals a desire for the fresh start that Lisa says she needs.

Women still tend (sadly) to be defined by our hair colour and changing it in this way is more than just a symbolic step. It might feel as though it is speeding up the healing process but in many ways it is also a rejection and shucking off of the person that they were before.

Lisa has declared she needs a fresh start after moving out of the couple’s marital home

It’s a switch of identity that can feel as though it accelerates the strides into the new life, although for many women the new look/new life ploy can make them feel even sadder, missing their old identity along with their partner and their old life.



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