Charlie Dimmock on 'most difficult' part of Ground Force affair that ended marriage – Express

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Charlie Dimmock, 55, once shared how she had no regrets about her relationship with her Ground Force co-star, which resulted in the end of her 13 year relationship. The presenter looked back at the events when the affair went public in an unearthed chat.
I don’t see Andy anymore.
Charlie Dimmock
Charlie split from her partner, viticulturist John Mushet, in 2001 after her brief fling with Ground Force colleague, microphone operator Andy Simmons went public.
Speaking shortly after the news broke, the Garden Rescue star revealed she had no regrets about the affair and found it “most difficult” to come to terms with her split from John.
She told the Daily Mail in 2002: “I don’t see Andy anymore, but I don’t regret what happened. You wouldn’t do anything if you kept worrying about what might go wrong.
“John and I had been together for a long time so when we split up I relied heavily on family and close friends.
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“I’ve discovered that the most difficult after-effect of the break-up is getting into another relationship.”
Now Charlie is best known as the presenter of the BBC series Garden Rescue.
She returned to our screens earlier this year with the latest episodes of the series.
The presenter is not thought to currently be in a relationship.

Charlie revealed in 2014 that she was single and has not gone public with a new relationship since then.
Speaking to the Irish Independent in 2016, Charlie said she was “way past marriage” telling the outlet: “I’m going to be 50 this year.
“Even sharing a house with someone would be a no from me.”
She continued: “I like my own company. I like to do what I want to do, I’m very selfish like that. I don’t mind fitting in a bit, but I like to be able to get away and have the house to myself.”
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Charlie has been a household name in the gardening world for many years, having started on our screens in 1997 with Ground Force alongside Alan Titchmarsh and Tommy Walsh.
The show ran until 2005, with Charlie taking a step back from public life after the tragic death of her mother and step father in Thailand’s tsunami in 2004.
As well as attracting 12 million viewers at its peak, Ground Force led to an increase in garden decking sales, with B&Q revealing sales had risen from £5,000 in 1997 to £16 million in 2001.
Charlie returned to our screens in 2016 with BBC’s Garden Rescue, a daytime show hit.
Earlier this year Charlie opened up about why she didn’t wear a bra while presenting Ground Force.
She said to The Independent: “The TV presenter Esther Rantzen said to me, ‘You’ll be labelled the bra-less one for the rest of your life’.
“Ground Force was a long time ago, and I have to say, even now, people will bring it up. It is very silly.
“It was always just for comfort. If you’re swinging a sledgehammer, you want to be comfortable! People say, ‘Why don’t you wear a sports bra?’ But those are not the comfiest things in the world.”
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