Ant McPartlin opens up about 'men behaving badly years' as young pop star in rare interview without Declan Donnelly

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Ant and Dec had singing success as PJ and Duncan Ant and Dec had singing success as PJ and Duncan [Getty]

Ant McPartlin opened up about his “men behaving badly” years and living as a care-free pop star in London. 

The Saturday Night Takeaway host is currently in rehab for a second time after being charged with drink driving earlier this month.

But he previously admitted that his fondness for alcohol started in his teenager years in a rare interview without his best pal and colleague, Declan Donnelly.

Ant and Dec as PJ and Duncan Ant and Dec as PJ and Duncan in 1994 [Getty]

The BFFs met when they were only 13 playing the loveable PJ and Duncan and soon became mates in real life The BFFs met when they were only 13 playing the loveable PJ and Duncan and soon became mates in real life [Getty]

Ant, 42, reminisced about his time as a young bachelor living with Dec when the pair made up the chart topping pop duo PJ and Duncan. 

He told Radio Times in 2013: “We shared two flats in London, the first in Fulham, which was a pigsty. 

“The record company paid for it and everything we couldn’t do back home, we did there. Takeaways every night. “We’d come in, throw our coats down, get a beer out of the fridge: it was really men behaving badly – or boys behaving badly.” 

The pair went on to have a fruitful singing career in 1993 as PJ and Duncan – over four years they had 14 top 20 hits The pair has 14 top 20 hits [Getty]

The friends met when they were teenagers in Newcastle on hit BBC show Byker Grove. 

Their characters were written out of the teen drama when they were 18 years old, but they enjoyed their time on the show, including the partying that they got up to when the adults weren’t around. 

“I remember my mam going away to Turkey with my younger sisters and that was a big Byker Grove party. All the girls got dolled up, all the boys came round, there was a lot of Alcopops on the go,” he added.

Ant and Dec: Declan Donnelly will take on Saturday Night Takeaway aloneAnt and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway [ITV]

Ant first entered rehab last summer when he sought help for his addiction to painkillers he was taking following a botched knee operation.

When he came out, he revealed that his doctors said he could have died if he’d carried on the way he was.

“I was at the point where anything — prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs — I would take. And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, ‘You could have killed yourself,’ ” he told The Sun.

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