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Debby was the wife of ITN’s charismatic foreign correspondent Brent Sadler. Tess Stimson was the ‘other woman’ he left her for. Cue a sensational feud played out in the national press. You won’t believe what happened next, as Tess reveals here…
The first time I set eyes on Debby – the woman who was at that point married to my new fiancé – I’d just stepped out of the shower of a five-star London hotel.
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I remember towelling my hair dry, feeling happier than I’d ever been. My boyfriend, ITN reporter Brent Sadler, had gone down to reception to pick up an urgent fax from work. I was admiring the sapphire and diamond ring he’d just put on my finger when I heard a knock at the bedroom door. Assuming Brent had forgotten his room key, I opened it, still dressed in my fluffy bathrobe.
But it wasn’t Brent standing there – it was his wife Debby. I’d never met her before, but I recognised her instantly from photos. ‘My husband’s come to pick up his things,’ she said, coolly pushing past me. I was too shocked to say a word. I watched in humiliation as Brent scurried in behind her, his tail between his legs. ‘By the way, whatever he’s told you, we have a fantastic sex life,’ Debby said, and swept out of the room.
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I felt as if the breath had been knocked out of me. I had no idea Debby was still in the picture. Brent, then 41, and I had met just six weeks earlier, on my 21st birthday, in July 1991. He’d told me he was legally separated from Debby, then 31, a former air stewardess, and asked me to marry him just four days after we met. I quit my job as a TV producer on...
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