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Ant McPartlin checks into rehab for alcohol and drug addiction

Anthony McPartlin has checked into rehab for two months, after confessing he's addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol.

The TV star, who is one half of 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 became hooked on painkillers, while fertility issues put strain on his marriage to his wife Lisa.

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

A friend of the BGT 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.

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

Ant met his wife Lisa in 1994, before they tied the knot in 2006.

The first step is to admit to yourself you need help," he told the paper.

“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.”

We applaud your bravery, Ant.

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