Netizen 24 GBR: Ant McPartlin cuts gloomy figure as he walks dogs in last public appearance before announcing divorce

By On January 13, 2018

Ant McPartlin cuts gloomy figure as he walks dogs in last public appearance before announcing divorce

Fans of Ant McPartlin will be relieved to see the troubled host in a snug jacket enjoying walkies with his pooch.

They’ll also be happy to know he and Dec are returning on Saturday Night Takeaway.

It had been feared Ant may have taken a break after his drug rehab stint and his marriage collapse.

The photos were the last time Ant was pictured in public before he confirmed he is is filing for divorce from wife Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage.

He's decided to split from his wife “to do the right thing for his health”, according to The Sun.

Ant was pictured walking his dog in Richmond Park, south-west London
The star believes the split is the "right thing for his health", according to a source
The images were the last time Ant was seen in public before announcing his divorce
Ant petted his beloved pooch as he wore a thick navy jacket and denims

They wed in 2006 and have known each other for 23 years, but the couple’s relationship has been under severe strain since Ant entered rehab for drug addiction last summer.

In a statement released to The Sun on Sunday , his spokesman said: “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 presenter has battled a prescription drug addiction that saw him check into rehab
The end of Ant's marriage comes after months of struggling
Ant asked for privacy for himself and his family when his divorce was anno unced

“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families.

"No further statement will be made.”

It was Ant’s decision to end the marriage after a series of emotional meetings with his wife.

A source close to the Geordie star added to the publication: “This was a tough decision for Ant, but he has to do the right thing for his health.

"It hasn’t happened overnight, they have been having problems for ages.

"The marriage has effectively been struggling for eight months â€" he’s given it a good go.

Ant and Lisa got married in 2006

“They’ve met up and spoken about it a number of times and this is the decision he has made.

“They are getting divorced. He is obviously really upset about it.”

It comes after reports Ant and Lisa recently held emotional crisis talks.

Ant, who m oved out of their £1.6million mansion last year and currently lives in a rented property, was said to be working out how they could best move forward.

A source reportedly said: "Lisa has struggled to accept that this is the end of the road. She thought at first that talking things through might help them resolve things.

The couple known each other for 23 years
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“But she is gradually realising that as far as he is concerned, there’s no way back.”

When Ant finished his stint in rehab following his battle with an addiction to painkillers, he moved into a rented property rather than back into the family home.

The source added to The Sun: †œThe time away from Lisa has given Ant a chance to think and decide how it would be best for them to move forward.

“As painful as he knows a split will be, he is now sure it is the right thing to do."

Lisa has been very down, according to friends

They've not been seen together for months, and Lisa didn't join Ant and his telly partner Declan Donnelly in Australia while they were filming I'm A Celebrity.

Last week Lisa tweeted an image that many thought was referring to her relationship with Ant, which was tested by his addiction to prescription pills and subsequent rehab stint last year.

Taking to Twitter on New Year's Day, Lisa shared a Bitmoji cartoon of herself holding up a stinting rubbish bag with '2017' written on the side.

Lisa also liked a tweet sent by a fan which read: "Sending you hugs sweetheart - even in the darkest of situations you always need to find the positives. They are there when you are ready to see them. Happy New Year lovely lady."

It was previously reported that Lisa admitted she is "much happier" now they live apart â€" sparking fears their 11-year marriage really was over.

Lisa, 41, confided in friends that Ant's public battle with painkiller ­addiction left her "emotionally drained" and "weighed down" with worry.

Source: Google News

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