Her private life has made her a tabloid staple. She was married to the British DJ Peter Powell and was romantically involved with British DJ Bruno Brookes.
In 1998 her now husband, Grant Bovey, left his wife, Della, for her, then reconciled, then left again. Grant and Anthea married in August 2000. Anthea received more bad publicity, after photographs of the wedding reception (published in OK! magazine showed her (apparently) publicizing a new chocolate bar. The Sun (ever understated) described it as "the most sickening wedding photo ever".