Anthea Turner has compared her "awful" split from Grant Bovey to a bereavement and admitted there were days when she couldn't leave the house.

The 54-year-old TV presenter split from Grant last summer following 13 years of marriage and told Woman magazine she had turned to sleeping tablets and therapy to help her through. But she added she is now ready to move on.

Anthea said: "The whole thing has been awful. I've had massive duvet days where I didn't leave the house.

"When a marriage goes wrong, it's like a bereavement and you deal with it like that.

"My advice is don't be bitter and twisted, you move forward."

The former Blue Peter presenter confessed: "I went to therapy to help me though the bad times and I don't mind admitting that."

Anthea also revealed: "I struggled with lack of sleep when I was going through a difficult period last year... I got some sleeping tablets and I'm glad I did. I don't use them unless it's a dire emergency, I don't intend to get hooked."

And the presenter is trying to work though her split positively.

She said: "I'm still very close to my stepdaughters. Grant and I are adults, so I'm damned if our lawyers are going to get fat on the breakdown of our marriage. So we are sorting everything out.

"I don't want to end up isolated and bitter, I want to move on."