Ant McPartlin Checks Into Rehab After Admitting To Drink And Drugs Problems

Ant McPartlin Checks Into Rehab After Admitting To Drink And Drugs Problems

Ant McPartlin – one half of TV’s Ant and Dec – is checking himself into rehab, after bravely admitting to problems with prescription drugs, substance abuse and alcohol.

The TV presenter will now spent at least two months in a clinic, after telling best friend Declan Donnelly and wife Lisa Armstrong he needed help. 

Speaking to The Sun, Ant revealed how his problems with addiction were caused by depression. 

He also suffers from chronic pain in his right knee after a botched operation two years ago, which caused him to become hooked on prescription painkillers. 

“The first step is to admit to yourself you need help,” he said. 

“I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.

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

He added: “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.”

A spokesperson for the star declined to comment further when contacted by HuffPost UK. 

Ant has just finished work on the most recent series of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and he and Dec are currently on a break from their work commitments before the new series of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ starts in November. 

The pair work solidly from November through until June presenting ‘I’m A Celebrity’, filming auditions for ‘BGT’ and hosting a series of ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ before the ‘BGT’ live shows start each year. 

Ant and Dec recently confirmed plans to host a special episode of their Saturday morning kids series ‘SM:TV Live’ alongside Cat Deeley, to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. 

Earlier this week, it was revealed the pair earn as much as £79,000 a day, thanks to their golden handcuffs deal with ITV, production companies and other ventures.

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