Their relationship has been the subject of speculation for months, but now Ant McPartlin has confirmed the sad news that he is to divorce Lisa Armstrong, his wife of 11 years.
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! host revealed the news via a statement made by his spokesperson.
They told The Sun On Sunday: ‘In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
The couple’s split comes after telly favourite Ant checked into rehab last summer, with the star confessing to problems with alcohol, substance abuse and prescription drugs.
And his health was reportedly a factor in Ant’s decision to divorce Lisa, whom he has been with for 23 years and married in 2006.
A source close to the star said: ‘This was a tough decision for Ant but he has to do the right thing for his health.
‘The marriage has effectively been struggling for eight months. He’s given it a good go.
‘They’ve met up and spoken about it a number of times and this is the decision he has made.
Fans have feared for Ant and Lisa’s relationship since the Britain’s Got Talent host’s drink and drug problems came to light in June, with Ant reportedly living in a rented property – and not their £6m home – after he exited rehab.
And he was pictured arriving in Newcastle last month for Christmas on his own and without his wedding ring.
There’s been no word from either party on social media since news of their split broke, with Lisa’s most recent tweet – posted on New Year’s Eve – showing her in cartoon form throwing out a bag of stinking rubbish labeled 2017.
However, fans of the couple quickly took to Twitter to express their upset over the split.