The troubled TV personality is spending time with his mum following the news that he is filing for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong.
Declan Donnelly’s presenting partner released a statement on Saturday (13 Jan 2018) asking for privacy, and photos have since emerged of Ant looking downtrodden, with a bandaged hand, and walking his dog Hurley with his mum.
Photos obtained by the Mirror show Ant dressed in a muddy shell tracksuit, that hung off his slimmer frame, the beloved TV star appeared drained of energy on his stroll with his mother.
Ant, 42, and Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist Lisa, 41, have known each other for 23 years and tied the knot in 2006.
The latest reports suggest the couple will likely split a £30million fortune, with divorce lawyer Cara Nuttall telling The Mirror: “The starting point will always be a 50:50 division of all assets. “It is likely her lawyers will argue that due to the length of their relationship that there is no room for negotiation on that.”
And a source added: “If Lisa wants to she could take up to half his fortune which would be in the region of £20 million.”
Ant McParlin splashes in the sea with female companion [NC]
The TV presenter and his 41 year old spouse had a turbulent 2017 in which Ant was admitted to rehab after becoming reliant on alcohol and drugs following a botched knee operation.
But they tried to work it out during crisis talks, with source revealing: “Ant and Lisa have tried to make things work but they have been drifting apart for some time and their relationship has been over as a proper marriage for months. Ant has been difficult to live with for a long time and was keeping more and more secrets from Lisa the longer the marriage went on.
Ant began taking the prescription drug Tramadol to assist with knee pain, but soon discovered he’d become hooked on the painkiller, which can cause speech disturbances, lack of co-ordination, headaches and drowsiness.
“I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you. “I’m very sorry about the effect it has on partners. This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage,” the Saturday Night Takeaway star.
Ant hid his addictions from Lisa at first, and his best friend and presenting partner Dec.
“I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time. I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery,” he added.