“We haven’t seen much of each other in the past year, as I have been on tour with Calendar Girls and he has been filming, but our solid base is absolutely there.”
The mother-of-four said she and her pals are now making more time for themselves and going back to who they were at the “beginning”.
The star shares daughter Winnie, 18, with Phil, while also being mum to twins Harry and Jack, 25, and 22-year-old Grace with her first husband, TV executive Clive Jones, 70.
“I talk to a lot of my friends who are in their 50s and early 60s, and we’re all feeling the same,” she told the publication.
“The children are getting sorted and we can stop being quite so responsible as adults. We have to be responsible to an extent, but we can go back to who we were at the beginning, before we did all the responsible things we needed to do. It’s re-powering. We’re re-powering.”
Fern also discussed mental health, saying she is a “firm believer” in talking about it.
She added: “If you’re not happy, you’re prone to depression or you’ve spent the morning in tears, that’s okay, provided that you talk to someone about it.”
Her interview was accompanied by a glamorous shoot, which saw the star wow in various beach snaps.
One saw her posing barefoot on a rock while turning heads in a billowing, baby pink tulle skirt and matching jumper.
Fern also sported a red, off-the-shoulder dress, complete with frill detailing, shell necklace and white pumps.
Meanwhile, it comes months after Fern Britton revealed she was still finding it hard to cope with the loss of her mum Ruth one year on.
She said she will often cry and is unable to know “when the grief will come”.
The TV star described losing her mother, aged 94, as hugely painful.
The full interview appears in the June issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale tomorrow. Also available as a digital edition.
Fern’s book The Newcomer is out now and you can find out more about her new range of beach bathrobes, The Original Cornish Beach Robe Co here: www.originalcornishbeachrobe.com