Ant McPartlin 'won't be moving back home with wife' after I'm A Celebrity wraps
TV host Ant McPartlin reportedly won't be spending Christmas with his wife.
The 42-year-old presenter has been married to makeup artist Lisa Armstrong for 11 years, but after being admitted to rehabilitation for a painkiller addiction in June, their relationship has been strained. After admitting himself to a treatment centre in the UK, he's back to work and currently presenting I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in Australia with his sidekick Declan Donnelly.
And it's reported that he will be renting an apartment and won't be returning to his home when filming wraps in the Australian jungle in December.
"He and Lisa have not yet decided if they will spend Christmas together. Ant is focused on recovery and thinks it best he doesn't move home for a while," a source told The Sun.
"This has been a difficult time and, while both want to make things work, they are struggling to find a way to move forward together. Ant's been bolstered by I’m a Celeb’s viewing figures, which seem to show the public still support him. Lisa has been by herself, and having a good time with her pals has proved a good distraction."
The pair have been plagued by rumours of a separation in recent months and Lisa responded to reports they had separated on Twitter, saying: "I'm not estranged thank you".
In August, Ant told the Sun on Sunday he hid pills in different places around the house to avoid detection, adding that it "sends you crazy".
"I was at the point where anything - prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs - I would take," he said. "And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, 'You could have killed yourself'."
Earlier this year, he asked Lisa to call an ambulance in the early hours of the morning after bingeing on tramadol, morphine and alcohol while recovering from a second knee operation in June.
"It was five in the morning and I was screaming in pain so I rang Lisa," he told the newspaper.
"She was upstairs because I was living in the living room because I couldn't get around.
"I said, 'You're going to have to call me an ambulance. I'm in a bad way'."
He added: "I was insane. It sends you crazy. It was to the point of hearing things, seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse. I was depressed through the whole thing because I was in pain and immobile," he said.