Meet the ex-soldier mending Miranda star's broken heart
EXCLUSIVE: Sally Phillips’ boyfriend is revealed: Actress has found love with a former soldier who she’s gone into business with – after her ex-husband ‘ran off with a yoga teacher’
She was left heartbroken when her husband dumped her for a Russian yoga teacher. But Sally Phillips has found love again with a former soldier who she has gone into business with, MailOnline can reveal.
The Miranda actress gushed about her beau – who she only referred to as Ian – during an interview at the Edinburgh Festival.
She said he was ‘to die for’ and revealed they met in 2019 through a mutual friend.
Now MailOnline can reveal that the man who helped mend Sally’s broken heart is former Army Captain Ian Pilcher.
The 53-year-old served with the King’s Regiment for nine years after graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
New relationship: The boyfriend helping to mend Sally Phillips’ broken heart after her husband ran off with a yoga instructor is a former soldier, MailOnline can reveal
He left the Army in 1998 to work for a private law enforcement firm and now runs his own performance management company.
The couple live together in west London and own a catering business called Secret Supper Club Ltd.
In a series of heartwarming pictures on Sally’s social media, Ian gazes at her adoringly across the dinner table, while in another the loved-up pair share a champagne lunch in a park.
In an interview with How To Be 60 Live, Sally discussed her long-term romance and said she felt ‘very lucky to have had a second chance’.
She said: ‘My husband left me for a member of the Russian Yoga Federation, though I’m not legally allowed to say that any more, but he won’t listen to this.
‘Fortunately, my friend introduced me to Ian, and I’ve been with Ian for four years now. He’s to die for.
‘And actually, to be honest, when he kissed me – I’m going to overshare because comedians do that – when he kissed me, I did think of that line, “you need to be kissed a lot by someone who knows how”. So I’ve met someone who knows how to kiss.’
Loved-up: The Miranda star recently gushed about her beau – who she only referred to as Ian – during an interview on stage at the Edinburgh Festival
Sally, who has three sons with her ex-husband, met her new partner Ian two years after her marriage to Andrew Bermejo ended in 2017.
She has previously spoken of how a divide opened up following the birth of their eldest son, Olly, 17, who has Down’s syndrome. They also have sons Luke, 13, and Tom, ten.
Speaking on TBN’s chat show Soul Tears in 2018, Sally revealed how the pain of two miscarriages also took its toll on her marriage to her now ex-husband.
Sally said: ‘I eventually gave birth in a hospital toilet onto one of those cardboard trays and what came out looked like a baby. I helplessly handed the baby to a nurse, she said they would run tests.
‘I said that I wanted my baby back but they had incinerated him or her, because they said it didn’t not qualify, as it was only ”Products of Conception”, which is obviously not at all how you feel about it.’
All over: Sally, who has three sons with her ex-husband, met her new partner two years after her marriage to Andrew Bermejo ended in 2017 after 14 years
Family: She has previously spoken of how a divide opened up following the birth of their eldest son, Olly, 17, who has Down’s syndrome. They also have sons Luke, 13, and Tom, ten
Sally said that losing their first baby caused a rift in her marriage, saying he didn’t take the miscarriage as badly as Sally did as she was only 14 weeks along.
She continued: ‘Having had a baby, the first six months is getting your head around what on earth this means and once you’ve had a child you bond very early don’t you? That was grim and very hard to deal with as a couple.
‘We’d had a divide that started after Olly in that my husband and I dealt with the diagnosis in very different ways and then this division over babies got wider, because he hadn’t really taken onboard that I was pregnant.
‘Fourteen weeks isn’t that long but in your body you’re feeling the sickness, the excitement and all these things.’
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