Lisa Armstrong appears in high spirits as she hangs out with pals hours after ex Ant McPartlin was pictured back behind the wheel for first time since 15-month driving ban

She previously liked tweets on Twitter about 'toxic people not controlling her' following a tense stand-off with ex-husband Ant McPartlin, 43.

However, Lisa Armstrong appeared in high spirits as she hung out with pals in Manchester shortly after her Ant was spotted back behind the wheel 15 months after his drink-driving ban.

Lisa, 42, cut a casual figure in a black jumper and matching tracksuit bottoms while wearing her blonde locks slicked back.  

Out and about: Lisa Armstrong hung out with pals in Manchester on Friday after ex Ant McPartlin was pictured back behind the wheel for first time since his 15-month driving ban

Out and about: Lisa Armstrong hung out with pals in Manchester on Friday after ex Ant McPartlin was pictured back behind the wheel for first time since his 15-month driving ban

It comes after Lisa recently shared a snap in the hairdresser's chair on Thursday. 

The make-up artist beamed to the camera as declared 'blondes have more fun', while showing off her head full of highlighting hair strips. 

Captioning the fun snap, she wrote: 'Got my hair did..... #blondeshavemorefun #roots Thank-you @joshwoodcolour you rock x.' 

Elsewhere, Ant, 43, was pictured leaving his home in his £60k Range Rover on Friday morning as he returned to the roads 15 months after his drink-driving ban.

Style: Lisa cut a casual figure in a black jumper and matching tracksuit bottoms while wearing her blonde locks slicked back

Style: Lisa cut a casual figure in a black jumper and matching tracksuit bottoms while wearing her blonde locks slicked back 

The TV star, 43, was banned and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving a Mini while more than twice the legal limit in London last year.

Magistrates handed him a 20-month ban, but it was reduced to 15 months after he completed a drink-driving referral course.

His new licence was issued this week, MailOnline understands.

Pictures showed him behind the wheel of a Range Rover with his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett in west London.

Former flame: Lisa's outing comes shortly after her Ant was spotted back behind the wheel 15 months after his drink-driving ban

Former flame: Lisa's outing comes shortly after her Ant was spotted back behind the wheel 15 months after his drink-driving ban

His £86,000 fine eclipsed the £54,000 imposed on footballer Yaya Toure for the same offence in 2016, reported at the time to be the biggest sanction of its kind in the UK.

The 20-month ban always had the option of a five-month reduction if Ant completed the referral programme, which he has now completed.

Friends of the TV star said he had completed a course that was available to anyone, and had not received any special treatment.

Lisa and Ant were recently said to have had a stand-off after she refused him entry to their former marital home.

Feud: Lisa and Ant were recently said to have had a stand-off after she refused him entry to their former marital home

Feud: Lisa and Ant were recently said to have had a stand-off after she refused him entry to their former marital home 

Keep it casual like Lisa in a sweatshirt by Vivienne Westwood

Lisa Armstrong cut a causal figure when she stepped out in Manchester.

The make-up mogul was decked out in an all-black ensemble, which comprised a sweatshirt, joggers and sandals.

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Cryptic: She has since liked tweets which claim she was right to do so because it's 'her home' as well as a post about toxic people not controlling her anymore

Cryptic: She has since liked tweets which claim she was right to do so because it's 'her home' as well as a post about toxic people not controlling her anymore

The TV presenter is understood to have arrived at the west London property the couple formerly shared to collect some of his remaining possessions after arranging the visit through lawyers.

And she has since liked tweets which claim she was right to do so because it's 'her home' as well as a post about toxic people not controlling her anymore.

An insider told the Daily Mirror Lisa was unaware that it was Ant himself who would be arriving to take the items from the house.

The source said: 'Ant has a right to collect his possessions he left in the house two years ago.

'The last time he was in the house was July, two years ago – before he went into rehab the first time. He just wants to collect his belongings at the agreed time.

Behind the wheel: Pictures showed Ant driving a Range Rover with his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett in west London

Behind the wheel: Pictures showed Ant driving a Range Rover with his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett in west London 

'It’s all pretty tiring now – he just wants to move on with his life. It’s obviously a very sensitive situation so Ant knows he has to do everything by the book.'

The source added it was 'disappointing' that Lisa did not let him in as the visit had been pre-arranged. 

Ant released a statement in January last year that he and Lisa, who were married for 12 years, were to split.

Makeover: It comes after Lisa recently shared a snap n the hairdresser's chair on Thursday

Makeover: It comes after Lisa recently shared a snap n the hairdresser's chair on Thursday 

The I'm a Celeb host and his teenage sweetheart had been together for 23 years and married in 2006 but announced the end of their marriage in January.

They were granted a divorce during a 30-second hearing at the Central Family Court in October.

They first met in Newcastle in 1994 before exchanging vows at a stunning country house in Buckinghamshire, in 2006.

Separate ways: Ant released a statement in January last year that he and Lisa, who were married for 12 years, were to split

Separate ways: Ant released a statement in January last year that he and Lisa, who were married for 12 years, were to split 

Lisa Armstrong looks in high spirits as she hangs out with pals in Manchester

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