Dawn French opens up about divorce

ninemsn staff
7:00pm July 2, 2013
July 02, 2013: Funny runs through Dawn French's blood. From the Vicar of Dibley to French and Saunders, Dawn has won us over with her laugh, one-liners and uncanny impersonations. But A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshaw has discovered she's even more captivating off-screen.

British comedian Dawn French says ending her 25-year marriage to Lenny Henry wasn't anything special – it was "only stuff that happens to all of us".

French, who will appear as a judge on Channel Nine's Australia's Got Talent, said while the divorce in 2010 was "tricky" towards the end, they acted civilly so they could remain friends.

"I was with Lenny for 30 years, we were married for 25. I would say that 24.5 of those years were great, so nothing to regret there," she told A Current Affair.

"[It was] a bit tricky there at the end, a bit sad, bit of a shame.

"But the ending of it was a tribute to the way it had always been – with a great kindness and massive respect for each other."

French said there was an understanding to behave because of their daughter.

"Everything that needed to be said was said behind closed doors – loudly and fuelled by alcohol," she said.

"[We] had to empty the knapsack out so both of us can start again in a good way and support each other even through the next bit.

"We started as friends and that's how we finished it."

Both French and Henry have now married their new partners, with French tying the knot in April to charity boss Mark Bignell.

Source: A Current Affair

Author: Emily Crane, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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