Ant McPartlin finally opens up on ‘tricky and emotional’ time after confirming divorce – adding he WON’T return to National Television Awards next year

Posted on Jan 25 2018 - 7:08am by admin

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Ant and Dec with their awards in the winners room at the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)Ant and Dec with their awards in the winners room at the National Television Awards [Getty]

The 42-year-old presenter revealed the past 12 months have been “emotional” and “very tricky”, after he picked up three gongs alongside comedy partner Declan Donnelly at the star-studded National Television Awards on Tuesday. 

After heading to rehab to battle his drink and drug addiction, he later announced he was divorcing wife Lisa Armstrong after 11 years together – and the star got incredibly emotional after picking up the awards on-stage during the live show, shedding a tear as he stood by Dec. 

Speaking to The Sun after winning an award, Ant said: “I’m emotional, very emotional. Because of the last 12 months what I’ve been through, winning this award is particularly emotional for me.”

Presenter Antony McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong at the National Television Awards 2005 Presenter Antony McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong split[Getty]

Ant McPartlin shed a tear at the NTAsAnt McPartlin shed a tear at the NTAs [ITV]

Saying he was “back in the swing of things,” he added that he was happier than ever to be back at work – but added he might not be attending the National Television Awards again next year, for his health. 

He added: “I might not come next year. I tell you what, all of this is not doing my heart any good.”

He and Lisa sadly announced their divorce following 11 years of marriage just weeks before – and Lisa Armstrong later alluded to the “tough time” she’s had this year in front of her 101k Twitter followers.

Ant and Dec returned to Britain's Got TalentAnt and Dec returned to Britain’s Got Talent [Ant and Dec/Instagram]

A fan wrote to her saying: “Everyone is talking about Ant but just wanted to say you’ve had a tough year aswell & I hope you are ok. Congrats on your NTA. Much love x.”

Lisa simply replied with the words: “Thank-you.”

Lisa also took the time to congratulate the winners of the show – with former husband Ant scooping three awards at the annual ceremony.

Lisa Armstrong, Anthony McPartlin, attend the Warner Music Group & Ciroc Vodka Brit Awards after party at Freemasons Hall on February 24, 2016 Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin [Getty]

She wrote: “Congratulations to all the #NTAs2018 winners, especially @bbcstrictly what an amazing show to be a part of. #proud #Hairandmakeup #StrictlyAteam x.”

It comes after Ant himself got incredibly emotional on-stage after winning the Best Presenter gong for the 17th year in a row at the National Television Awards 2018 on Tuesday evening.

Ant was left tearful over the the recognition and coveted award. Talking to the audience, he said: “I’m shaking. Thank you, thank you very much.

“It’s been a very emotional night tonight, it’s been quite a year – quite a tough 12 months. So winning, this really means quite a lot. I’d personally like to thank all my family, all my friends. I love you, thank you very much. Thank you all of you for your support, it really means the world to me and has helped me get through.”

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