Wednesday 26 July 2017

'We just need him better' - Ant McPartlin's wife Lisa Armstrong breaks silence on rehab news

Anthony McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong attend the British Academy Television Craft Awards at The Brewery on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Anthony McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong attend the British Academy Television Craft Awards at The Brewery on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Anthony McPartlin (L) and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec attend the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Lucy Mapstone

Ant McPartlin's wife Lisa Armstrong has broken her silence about her husband's rehab news.

The TV star, one half of popular presenting duo Ant and Dec, admitted to struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and plans to check himself into rehab.

"I feel like I've let a lot of people down and for that I'm truly sorry," said McPartlin (41).

"I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time.

"I've spoken out because I think it's important that people ask for help if they're going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery."

Writing on Twitter, Lisa, said: "Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support. It means so much.

"I'm relieved he's receiving the help he needs. We just need him better."

McPartlin will spend up to two months in the rehabilitation clinic.

Anthony McPartlin (L) and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec attend the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Anthony McPartlin (L) and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec attend the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

His problems are believed to have stemmed from failed knee surgery two years ago.

To cope with the pain, he is said to have started taking prescription drugs.

A source said alcohol has also become a cause for concern among McPartlin's friends. Aggravating his problems are a busy work schedule that sees him and professional partner Declan Donnelly front shows such as I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! and Britain's Got Talent for a large part of the year.

Several stars have commended McPartlin for speaking out about his personal issues.

The Apprentice boss Lord Sugar wrote on Twitter: "Very brave Ant to go public. This is the first stage of the road to recovery. All the best Ant, it will all be sorted for sure."

Kelly Holmes said: "As I say at every speech I do, we are all human! Best wishes to Ant @antanddec You will come back stronger, your fans love you #itsgoodtotalk."

McPartlin and Donnelly forged a professional link after starring together in the BBC children's drama series Byker Grove in the 1990s.

They went on to enjoy a music career under the names of their characters, PJ & Duncan, releasing songs such as Let's Get Ready To Rhumble and Shout.

Several years later, they landed jobs hosting Saturday morning ITV children's shows SMTV Live and CD:UK, where they remained from 1998 to 2001.

Their careers took off when they landed jobs on shows such as Pop Idol and Friends Like These.

They are now best-known for their stints on I'm A Celebrity, Britain's Got Talent and their own entertainment show, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

They have won the TV presenter award at the National Television Awards for 16 years running.

Last year, they were made OBEs in the Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honours list for their services to entertainment.

Herald

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