Friday 23 August 2019

Ant McPartlin 'won't be moving back home with wife' after I'm A Celebrity wraps

Anthony McPartlin and Lisa Armstong 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 Armstong attend the British Academy Television Craft Awards at The Brewery on April 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong
TV presenters Ant and Dec and their wives Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall arrive at Buckingham Palace, where the pair will be awarded OBEs by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony on January 27, 2017in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TV presenters Ant and Dec and their wives Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall arrive at Buckingham Palace, where the pair will be awarded OBEs by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony on January 27, 2017in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TV presenter Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong attend Jonathan Wilkes' 26th Birthday Party at Lillie's Bordello nightclub on August 1, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Ant McPartlin admitted he was struggling with addiction earlier this week
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong, who helped put him on the road to recovery. Photo: PA Wire
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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.

Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong
Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong

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".

Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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.

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