After posing in her underwear..., lingerie tycoon splits from hubby

Creator of Ultimo bra Michelle Mone said her husband Michael was appalled as she had posed in undies; admitted hubby didn't want other men look at her 'like that'

The Ultimo lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone and her husband Michael, who was "appalled" when she posed in her own racy advertising campaign, are to separate.

A statement issued by their lawyers said the split after 19 years of marriage was "amicable", nobody else was involved and they would continue to work together at MJM International, the company they co-founded.

Big achievement: Former Model Mone (center) created the cleavage-
enhancing Ultimo bra. She was awarded an OBE last year for services to
the lingerie industry. Pic/getty images

Mone, 40, a former model who created the cleavage-enhancing Ultimo bra, was awarded an OBE last year for services to the lingerie industry.

The publicity-conscious Glasgow entrepreneur and mother-of-three said last month that she was "tired and exhausted", adding, "I always thought money would make you happy but it is seriously not true.

"Chasing the money, the houses, the cars, does it really all matter? Money does make things easier but it certainly doesn't ensure your happiness."

She previously admitted her husband, who she met when she was 17, was furious when she posed in her own lingerie for an Ultimo advertising campaign in 2010 after dropping from a size 20 to a size 10.

Shortly after the photo shoot she said, "He's bothered on so many levels. He doesn't want other men looking at his wife like that. He thinks it's harmful for the kids. And he thinks it's detrimental for the business."

Earlier this year she admitted, "He was appalled I'd posed in my undies. He didn't speak to me for days. It's something we can't talk about, even now."

Mone, who was brought up in the east end of Glasgow and left school at 15, was also forced last year to deny rumours over her friendships with the rugby player Gavin Henson and the actor Shane Richie.

The businesswoman and CEO, now divides her time between Glasgow and her home in Mayfair, London.

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