TV WEATHERGIRL Siân Lloyd is reportedly taking advice from fellow scorned woman Ingrid Tarrant as she prepares to lift the lid on love rat Lembit Öpik in a sensational new book.
The 49-year-old Maesteg-born ITV1 Wales presenter is following in the footsteps of her new best friend who dished the dirt on her estranged husband Chris Tarrant in a newspaper last year.
Nearly a year after her split with the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader – who left her for Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia – Siân is now ready to spill the beans on life with Lembit as she unveils her candid autobiography, Sunshine and Showers.
“I’ll be telling the truth, and talking about lessons learnt. I’ve always been one for honesty,” she said.
An insider said: “This book will bury Lembit.”
Siân is currently holed-up in Mid Wales to meet her two-week deadline for publishers John Blake, who were behind glamour model Katie Price’s book Being Jordan: My Autobiography. The book is due for release next March and there are plans for it to be serialised in a national newspaper.
“It’s going very slowly!,” said Siân.
“I have to deliver 90,000 words. I’m writing it in tiny bursts and starts, but I am enjoying it – it’s extremely therapeutic.”
Sian’s friend and agent Stifyn Parri, of Cardiff-based PR agency Mr Producer, said: “It will certainly be a juicy book – what goes around comes around!”
A spokeswoman for the publisher said: “It will be a story about all of her life so far, but obviously she will be talking about Lembit in one or two chapters.”
Last night, Montgomeryshire MP Lembit refused to comment on the book.
While the 42-year-old Lib Dem dates 24-year-old Transylvanian singer Gabriela, openly admitting they are the “oddest couple in Britain”, Siân – who recently enjoyed the ultimate revenge of beating the Cheeky Song star to become Rear of the Year 2007 – has found her perfect match in millionaire motor racing entrepreneur Jonathan Ashman. The couple were introduced at a St David’s Day drinks party thrown by Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and have been dating for several months.
“He is my soulmate and a wonderful partner. It’s been a summer of liberation and internal sunshine for me!” she said.
After auctioning off her precious Welsh gold engagement ring on eBay and referring to the break-up as “my lucky escape”, Siân says she has no regrets about her six-year relationship with her former fiancee.
“I stayed with him because he’d suffered a bereavement, and if someone’s gone through a bereavement, they need someone there for them,” she said.
“I think death is an issue we don’t deal with terribly well in this country. If people have lost someone close in their lives, you have to be there for them. You don’t abandon them. So in that respect, I have no regrets. And to be honest, had I not gone through certain things in my life, I wouldn’t have arrived at Jonathan.
“I’ve never been happier. I’m in a great place right now.”
Siân says she has gained strength from Ingrid Tarrant, 53, who endured her own public mud-slinging match after her soon-to-be-ex-husband Chris, 60, cheated on her, then claimed she had imposed a seven-year sex ban.
Speaking of Chris’ revelations about their sex lives in the tabloids, Ingrid said: “I think it was cheap and tacky what he said in the papers, which was that if everything had been OK in the bedroom he would never have had the affair. There is no justification for that, and I think the lies finally led to the truth coming out. I had been quiet for months, but suddenly I felt ‘I can’t bear this’.
“All he was thinking about was his career and his popularity, but I’ve got the children to think about – and then I was reading that I’m being blamed for his affair. That’s why I turned around and told it like it is, warts and all.
“To be honest, what I regret is that he took advantage of my silence. Whatever people think, at least now they know the truth.”
The two women have formed a formidable alliance, proof of the old adage that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
“Women are tremendously good at supporting other women. It’s the birds of a feather thing that men don’t really have,” said Ingrid.
Siân joked: “We’re the distressed gentlewoman of London!
“Ingrid has been brilliant for me, but we support each other with a lot of humour – we’ve not been crying into our cappuccinos. We’re both very positive, buoyant people and we’ve come out on the right side.
“We’ve been through tough times together really, and when you’ve got someone close who understands, that’s worth its weight in gold.”
split: The Tarrants and Siân and Lembit