It has been confirmed that Ant McPartlin is ending his 11-year marriage to estranged wife Lisa Armstrong, with the pair's relationship under scrutiny ever since Ant checked into rehab for painkiller addiction last summer.
"Ant asks for privacy at this hard time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families". 'No further statement will be made'. So while their decision to split is upsetting, it is hopefully the best thing for them in the long run and we want to wish them both the best of luck for the future. Her fans were quick to offer their support, with one tweeting: "Lots of hugs from a complete stranger (me) but heartfelt", while another added: "Sending you hugs sweetheart - even in the darkest of situations you always need to find the positives".
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"But she is gradually realising that as far as he is concerned, there's no way back".
"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", he said previous year.
Since his rehab stint, Ant has returned to television and presented I'm A Celebrity in November, alongside his best pal Declan Donnelly.
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A source close to the ITV star said the pair had tried hard to mend the relationship but in the end Ant made the decision to end the marriage.
"The fact they're divorcing is no reflection on her".
The couple met at a roadshow in Newcastle in the mid-1990s while Lisa was an aspiring pop star in a group called Deuce, who enjoyed a couple of chat hits before breaking up.
He told the Sun: "I've put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you".
Following recent news of "crisis talks" between the couple, it's been decided that Ant will split from his wife of 11 years.
"I'm very sorry about the effect it has on partners", he added.