Dec Thanks Fans For Their Support As Ant Enters Rehab

19 June 2017, 10:50 | Updated: 19 June 2017, 10:51

Ant and Dec BAFTA 2017

By Hollie Borland

Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin's wife, Lisa Armstrong, is said to be overwhelmed by the love and support shown by fans as he husband enters rehab for drug abuse.

Ant McPartlin has checked into rehab after deciding to seek help for his addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol.

The 41-year-old presenter opened up about how he is battling an addiction to substance abuse and he will spend at least two months at a rehabilitation clinic. 

Ant McPartlin, Lisa Armstrong, Ali Astall and Decl
Ant McPartlin with his wife Lisa Armstrong, and Dec Donnelly with his wife Ali Astall. Picture | PA

Ant's wife, makeup artist Lisa Armstrong, took to twitter to thank fans for their overwhelming support for her husband. She said: "Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support it means so much. I'm relieved he's receiving the help he need, we just need him better. (sic)"

Ant's stint in rehab will see him have his phone confiscated, meaning that he won't be able to contact his wife, or his long-time on-screen partner Declan Donnelly, for the duration of his stay.

Dec, 41, has also taken to twitter to thank fans for the way they have reacted to the news. He wrote on the pair's joint twitter account: "Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella. He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated. DD xx (sic)"

Ant spoke to the Sun about his decision to enter rehab, apologising to his friends and family for the stress he's caused them.

The TV star said: "The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I've let people down. I'm truly sorry. 

"I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I'm truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time. 

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

The I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! host believes things started to spiral out of control two years ago when he had an operation to fix cartilage in his right knee. 

Ant and Lisa at the BAFTAs in 2015. Picture | PA

In a bid to numb the pain, Ant began taking the prescription drug Tramadol and soon realised that he'd become hooked on the painkiller, which can cause speech disturbances, lack of co-ordination, headaches and drowsiness. 

A source previously said: "Ant liked nothing better than a round of golf to unwind - but now he has been told he may never play again. 

"You've never seen him so down. He's been trapped in his house causing him to turn to substance abuse as a way of escaping his troubles."

Ant has also been battling with depression and anxiety, which reportedly turned him to the booze, because he and his wife Lisa are struggling to start a family.

An insider explained: "Lisa turned 40 recently and is desperate to have kids. Lately they've started wondering if it will really ever happen for them. They remain devoted to one another but there's been a lot of friction. It feels like something is missing, and if kids came along it would make the world of difference to both of them."