Ant McPartlin checks into rehab for prescription drug and alcohol addiction

The beloved TV personality has opened up about his battle with depression, prescription drugs and alcohol as he checks into rehab.
Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly

Anthony McPartlin has checked into rehab for two months, after opening up about becoming addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol.

The TV star, who is one half of famed presenting duo Ant & Dec, revealed the news to The Sun, admitting depression led to his substance abuse.

After undergoing an operation on his right knee, Ant says he became hooked on painkillers, while fertility issues put strain on his marriage to his wife Lisa.

Heartbreakingly, Ant then claims he became depressed and turned to substance abuse as a way to cope.

Ant is one half of beloved presenting duo Ant & Dec. The two are pictured here at the 2016 National Television Awards, where they won the title of Best Presenter.

A friend of the Britain’s Got Talent host explained, “The sad truth is that Ant is in agony nearly every waking moment. He makes sure the mask never slips in public, but off camera is a different matter.

“He can often be found lying on his dressing room floor, his face contorted in pain. If he didn’t have a knee brace, then he wouldn’t be able to stand up at all.”

After also struggling to conceive children with his wife, the 17-time National Televsion Award winner found it hard to cope.

“Lisa turned 40 recently and is desperate to have kids. Lately they’ve started wondering if it will really ever happen for them,” a source explained.

Ant has been married to his wife Lisa since 2006.

“They remain devoted to one another but there’s been a lot of friction.”

Now, however, the beloved British presenter is bravely opening up about his battle with depression and addiction.

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

“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.

“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.”

Ant’s candid admission has drawn plenty of support on social media, with many praising the star for speaking up.

Declan Connelly, Ant’s long-time presenting partner and close pal, took to their shared Twitter account to thank fans for all of their well wishes.

Do you need help?

Call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or Depression Helpline 0800 111 757, or free text 4202 to talk to a counsellor about how you are feeling or ask questions.

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