Monday 23 April 2018

Ant McPartlin's wife in 'two years of hell' before splitting with troubled tv star

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong (Ian West/PA)
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong (Ian West/PA)
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
TV presenter Ant McPartlin and his wife attend the British Academy Television Awards afterparty at the Natural History Museum on May 20, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong at the Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong Wedding at St. Nicholas Church Taplow in Taplow. (Photo by Chris Uncle/FilmMagic)
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)
Support: Ant and his wife Lisa Armstrong
Ant McPartlin (left) and wife Lisa Armstrong before day two of Royal Ascot 2016, at Ascot Racecourse
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
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)
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Ant McPartlin's estranged wife Lisa Armstrong has reportedly been through "two years of hell" in the run up to their marriage split.

The makeup artist (42) who has worked on Strictly Come Dancing, reportedly told friends she tried to help her husband in his recovery as he battled substance abuse issues after a knee operation last year, but their marriage was beyond repair.

Last week, Ant checked himself back into rehab after he was arrested for drink driving.

"Lisa has told me she’s been through hell for the last two years," an insider told the Mail on Sunday.

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

"She wasn’t sure if her marriage would survive, but she stood by him to try to save him. It has been so hard for her. Ant has been in such a bad way that she often feared the situation was untenable."

After 11 years of marriage, Armstrong is said to still care for her husband and is hopeful for his recovery, but this break-up was a long time coming.

"It is a very difficult time for Lisa, but this has been going on for a while. She could see two years ago that Ant was down and things were beginning to get difficult for him," the source added.

"She loved him deeply and wanted to get him better, but she was open with her friends that she didn't see how the marriage could survive."

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)

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'."

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