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Jeremy Clarkson talks of ”difficult divorce” from wife of 21 years Frances

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Jeremy Clarkson told TV rival Piers Morgan how his “difficult divorce” added to his torment as he fell foul of BBC bosses.

Morgan said the Top Gear presenter made reference to the split from Frances when he called for a truce with his former nemesis.

It is the first confirmation that Clarkson plans to officially end his 21-year marriage, following widespread speculation after they began to spend much of their time apart.

As his business manager Frances has been integral in helping build up his £30million fortune, she could be entitled to a sizeable chunk of it.

He once said: “Happily, my wife organises my diary, gets me in the right clothes, reminds me when to be in and where to go when I’m out.”

Jeremy begged Piers to end their long-running feud amid the scandal over his apparent use of the N-word.

Morgan today said Clarkson told him last summer: “I’m going through a difficult divorce, my first ex-wife has also came out of the woodwork to give me hell, I’m smoking and drinking too much, my back hurts, I’m all over the papers with this N-word scandal, I’m at war with my BBC bosses, and my mother has just died.

“I don’t have the energy for you any more.”

Clarkson – suspended from the BBC over claims he hit producer Oisin Tymon – is likely to learn his fate at the corporation this week as an internal probe is handed over to Director-General Tony Hall.

Today he said he “used to work on a TV show called Top Gear”.

Pals fear his chaotic personal life may have contributed to his meltdown.

His friend AA Gill has already spoken of him having a tough year.

He said last week: “Jeremy has, in Wilman’s phrase, had an annus horribilis.

“His mother died, he has had a number of not entirely self-inflicted health concerns, and he has continued with an absurdly punishing round of public appearances, writing and film making, all of it compounded with the not unreasonable feeling that he is working for the enemy.”

It is not known how far his divorce has progressed or if it has in fact been finalised, and representatives for Jeremy and Frances did not return requests for comment.

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