Ant McPartlin has revealed he is heading to rehab to battle a drink and drug addiction
The 41-year-old TV presenter has confirmed that he “needs help” and is said to be heading to rehab for at least two months.
In an official statement given to The Sun on Sunday, Ant 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.
He went on to say: “I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.
Ant McPartlin with his wife Lisa Armstrong who he thanked in his official statement
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
“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 Sun on Sunday reports that Ant has been battling his condition for two years after an operation on his knee went wrong, leaving him in constant pain.
Following his knee operation he began taking the opioid painkiller Tramadol and became addicted.
Ant endured further knee surgery at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London last Tuesday and is expected to be in a wheelchair for weeks.
It’s believed doctors had feared his knee could collapse, leaving him crippled. It is not known where he is undergoing his rehabilitation.
Ant is said to have told his best friend Declan Donnelly: ‘I need help now’
The Sun on Sunday have also reported that Ant fought back tears as he told his best friend and co-host Declan Donnelly, also 41, about his problems, saying: “Mate, I need help now.”
An insider revealed to the newspaper: “For Dec it was a bit of a bombshell hearing about these addiction problems. He had no idea of the full extent of the torment his best friend was going through.”
it has also been claimed that failing to conceive a child with his wife Lisa has put a strain on their 11-year marriage.
Following his knee operation he began taking the opioid painkiller Tramadol and became addicted
Ant and Dec pictured together at a BRIT Awards after party earlier this year
A source said: “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.”
Ant and Dec have extremely busy careers thanks to their contract with ITV. They are particularly busy from February onwards filming Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent.
Today fans of the pair took to Twitter in their droves to wish Ant well.
“We all love you Ant McPartlin @antanddec and wish you the very best! Stay strong and positive!!,” one person wrote, while another added: “Wishing #AntMcPartlin all the very best on his road to recovery. Take as much time as you need to heal and rebuild yourself #NoMoreStigma.”
A third person tweeted: “Sending support to Ant McPartlin, we’re here for you and will support you all the way.”