Vanessa Feltz heads out for brunch following split from Ben Ofoedu
Feltzy’s BACK! Empowered Vanessa gives a big thumbs up as she heads out for brunch following split from partner of 16 years Ben Ofoedu – amid claims he cheated on her with several women
- Vanessa confirmed their separation amid claims he cheated with several women
- Radio presenter Vanessa and singer Ben first met in 2005
- Vanessa has said she is heartbroken but is determined to take control of her life
She was left ‘shocked and disappointed’ upon finding out her partner of 16 years Ben Ofoedu had cheated on her with several women.
And Vanessa Feltz, 60, was pictured heading to brunch on Monday as she gave a huge thumbs up and beamed from ear to ear.
The radio presenter has said that despite her upset, she is determined to find a pocketful of happiness in every day.
Vanessa looked trim in a monochrome black mini dress which she teamed with a black pair of tights and heeled ankle boots.
She carried a pink bag which had her grandchildren’s faces emblazoned on it and hid her eyes behind a pair of designer sunglasses.
Feltzy’s BACK! Empowered Vanessa gave a big thumbs up as she headed out for brunch on Monday following her split from partner of 16 years Ben Ofoedu
Let down: It has been reported that Ben, 50, cheated on her multiple times with several women – pictured together i n August 2021
Her outing comes after she shared a video telling fans she was ‘incredibly sad, disappointed and shocked’ on Sunday afternoon after it was reported Ben, 50, had cheated on her multiple times with several women.
The candid video was met by an outpouring of supportive comments from the broadcaster’s friends including Carol Vorderman and Holly Willoughby.
Vanessa said: ‘Well I haven’t been on Instagram for three weeks and that’s because my relationship with Ben is over after sixteen years and I honestly didn’t know what to say to you on Instagram.
‘But now it’s clear that it’s over and I really do feel that once the trust in a relationship is gone then you can’t really get it back and that’s what I would tell anyone else to do.’
Her voice breaking, she continued: ‘And so I just wanted to say that obviously I feel incredibly sad and I am pretty disappointed and shocked and all those horrible things but also full of resolve. I am not going to let this defeat me.’
In an incredibly positive move, she added: ‘I am so glad to be living longer than my mum did, she died at 57 and for the Lord’s prayers, I am going to be 61 next month.
‘I am very very grateful to be alive and I want to carry on feeling that way and I want to celebrate and find fun and laughter anywhere I can.
‘I know it is not going to be easy but I am absolutely determined to do it.’
An inspiration: The radio presenter has said that despite her upset, she is determined to find a pocketful of happiness in every day
Looking good: Vanessa looked trim in a monochrome black mini dress which she teamed with a black pair of tights and heeled ankle boots
Complete surprise: This Morning regular Vanessa reportedly found a string of social media messages and emails from Ben to other women
Alongside the video, Vanessa wrote: ‘I’ve missed you #brokenheart #onwardsandupwards #love #life #friends #family #thankyou.’
Vanessa revealed she has split from her fiancé Ben, amid claims he ‘cheated with several other women’.
She told The Sun on Sunday she is shocked and heartbroken over Phats & Small singer Ben’s infidelity.
‘Incredibly sad’: Vanessa recently shared an update on Instagram after confirming she has split from Ben
Distraught: Television and radio host Vanessa, 60, has said she is shocked and heartbroken over Phats & Small singer Ben’s alleged infidelity (former couple pictured in May last year)
The couple have been together for 16 years and have regularly spoken out about their romance, and are often seen looking cosy on the red carpet at glitzy events.
But former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Vanessa is said to have been distraught to have learned of Ben’s ‘double life’.
This Morning regular Vanessa reportedly found a string of social media messages and emails from Ben to other women.
She said: ‘I had thought it might take a bit longer before this came out, because it’s a lot to deal with — a shock like this takes some adjusting to — but I am extremely sad and disappointed that my 16-year relationship with Ben is over.
Honest: Vanessa told fans she was ‘incredibly sad, disappointed and shocked’ in a video posted to her Instagram page on Sunday afternoon
Love: Her video on Sunday was flooded with comments from Vanessa’s celeb friends and colleagues with Carol Vorderman writing: ‘He’s a….and you have survived far far worse’
‘As an agony aunt I have said many times that once the trust in a relationship is gone, it can never be repaired or regained. So I have to take my own advice on this occasion.
Her video on Sunday was flooded with comments from Vanessa’s celeb friends and colleagues with Carol Vorderman writing: ‘He’s a….and you have survived far far worse V….you ARE a survivor and I can’t wait to be going out with you..as you know.’
Her This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby, with whom Vanessa partied with on Saturday night, added: ‘We simply love you to bits…’
Meanwhile, Zoe Ball said: ‘Feel the love that surrounds you always wonderful V.’
Stepping out: As she released the video, Vanessa was also seen putting on a brave face as she attended a Gala Screening of Epic Tails at Vue Leicester Square on Sunday
Friends: In one snap she received a cuddle from Claire Sweeney in a show of support following a rough few weeks for the star
As she released the video, Vanessa was also seen putting on a brave face as she attended a Gala Screening of Epic Tails at Vue Leicester Square on Sunday.
In one snap she received a cuddle from Claire Sweeney in a show of support following a rough few weeks for the star.
Vanessa looked sensational in the same vibrant print dress that she wore in the Instagram video addressing their recent split.
Support: Vanessa also reshared a series of supportive messages on her Instagram Stories, including one from broadcaster Josh Rom
Love: She also reposted Carelle Rose’s message, which said: ‘Vanessa is incredible!! This mindset and attitude is just so inspiring. She finds gratitude despite her pain. It’s the only way’
Vanessa also reshared a series of supportive messages on her Instagram Stories, including one from broadcaster Josh Rom.
He wrote: ‘The strength you have shown is nothing short of incredible. You are an utter inspiration. @Vanessafeltz.’
She also reposted Carelle Rose’s message, which said: ‘Vanessa is incredible!! This mindset and attitude is just so inspiring. She finds gratitude despite her pain. It’s the only way. Love her.’
Strength: Her video on Sunday was flooded with comments from Vanessa’s celeb friends and colleague
Vanessa and Ben first met in 2005 after she divorced surgeon Michael Kurer in 2000.
Sources told The Sun on Sunday that Ben’s return to touring with Phats & Small at holiday parks around the UK led to his alleged roaming eye.
A friend of the couple told the publication Vanessa is ‘heartbroken, ashamed, devastated’ but they insist she is determined to take back control of her life and focus on her new TalkTV show.
Vanessa married Michael Kurer in 1983 but their marriage ended 17 years later. They share daughters Allegra, 37, and Saskia, 34.
The television personality previously admitted she suffered after the divorce, admitting it left her ‘wary of getting married again’.
Speaking on the How To Fail podcast last year, Vanessa told how she felt as if she was physically broken after her husband left her.
On the road: Sources told The Sun on Sunday that Ben’s return to touring with Phats & Small (pictured) at holiday parks around the UK led to his alleged roaming eye (Ben pictured with his bandmate Jason Phats, right, in 2008)
She said: ‘I don’t need to give you all of the details, but effectively I put my arms around the wheels and said, ‘Please don’t drive away, please don’t leave us.’
‘I remember getting home from a wedding with him and thought he was getting ready for bed.
‘The next thing I saw, he was getting dressed and packing a case and said,”‘I’m leaving”. I didn’t understand what I’d done wrong.’
Vanessa later discovered Michael had allegedly cheated on before she went on to meet Ben after her divorce.
Old times: Vanessa’s first marriage to surgeon Dr. Michael Kurer ended in 2000 after he reportedly left her for another woman, 13-years after they exchanged vows (the former couple are pictured together in 1997)
After Vanessa spent time with Boyzone singer Keith Duffy in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2001, the pop star decided to introduce her to Ben in 2005.
They got engaged a year later in 2006 and were due to marry the following year, and again in 2011, but did not tie the knot.
Broadcaster Vanessa gave Ben the nickname ‘Young Beezy’, while he called her ‘Young Veezy’.
However, speaking about the 10 years between them last month, Vanessa told The Sunday Times: ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that the age gap doesn’t matter.
‘It’s bloody annoying and it gets worse, especially as our relationship coincided with acres of menopause, which started on my very first day presenting the Radio 2 breakfast show in 2011 with a massive hot flush at 4am and is still going on.’
Vanessa previously admitted she wanted her relationship with the Phats & Small vocalist to stay ‘good’ and not become ‘stagnant, boring and dreary’.
Talking to The Sun about their sex life during lockdown, she said: ‘We haven’t got kids at home any more, so we really can do it whenever we want to.
‘We don’t have to ask for anyone’s permission if we want to do whatever we want, in any room that we feel like doing it in, in any position we want to do it in, at any time of the day. And that is quite a nice feeling.’
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