Ant McPartlin, whose comedy duo partner Declan Donnelly recently announced he was expecting his first child, has returned to rehab for the second time after he was arrested and charged with drink-driving.
And now, his close friend Noel Edmonds, who himself opened up about his own life struggles in recent weeks, has spoken out about Ant’s recovery after speaking to the star.
He even went as far as to say “flippant” people who “pander to Ant’s ego” are the most damaging to his recovery.
“What Ant needs is rock – solid people around him,” he told The Sun.
“People he respects and that speak with love, rather than flippant people who pander to his ego.
“When you go to the darkest place, all reason and logic deserts you and you are very dependent on having good people around you.”
Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong’s romance blossomed in 1994 after meeting at a pop concert in Newcastle [Getty ]
Revealing he still speaks to the host, Noel added: “I will of course keep in touch with Ant. But I’m not a professional counsellor so please don’t think I’ve been on the phone every five minutes to Ant.
“I hope we can get back to enjoying a brilliant talent.”
Noel previously opened up about his own life struggles – tragically revealing he tried to kill himself, after fraudsters took him “to the brink of emotional annihilation”.
The popular host, 68, said corrupt financiers destroyed his former business, leaving him thinking he had no other way out.
Speaking of the scam, Noel revealed: “Until these criminals took me to the brink of emotional annihilation, I’d always felt those who opt out by taking their own lives were selfish and cowardly.
“But having been cast into that bottomless dark space devoid of logic and reason, I have a much deeper understanding of life without hope.
“I seek no sympathy and feel no shame in admitting that on the evening of January 18, 2005, I attempted to end the overwhelming mental pain which had consumed my whole being.”