After Ant McPartlin announced he is divorcing wife Lisa Armstrong last week, Britain’s Got Talent boss Simon Cowell is apparently ensuring the show’s key member is in high spirits as auditions kick off this month.
Declan Donnelly’s presenting partner and best friend is reportedly receiving kind gestures from Simon, as the music mogul tries his best to cheer him up.
This has involved lifts in Simon’s private jet, alongside BGT judge and funnyman David Walliams to lift his spirits.
Simon has also apparently arranged for Ant to receive head massages during their lavish flights.
An insider at the talent show told Daily Star: “Simon knows that when Ant and Dec are on song, so is the show.
“Ant has to be his focus as the drama in his private life could be a sideshow. Simon wants to cheer him up and that’s why he’s spoiled him rotten.”
Ant McPartlin and his mum brave the frosty conditions as they enjoy a dog walk [Wenn]
Simon’s efforts are seemingly paying off, as Ant was pictured high spirits as he walked with his dog Hurley earlier this week.
The Britain’s Got Talent host looked happy as he took a brisk walk with his mum, alongside his beloved dog – just days after releasing a statement confirming he and his wife were no longer together.
Wearing a grey hat and cosy coat with red scarf completing the ensemble, the presenter put on a brave face as he walked through the countryside alongside his mum, who he reportedly spent Christmas with.
Flashing a smile for the cameras, the Ant and Dec star beamed during the brisk winter morning walk, before stepping into his car to run errands.
There had been speculation for months that he and Lisa might have called time on their relationship, and Ant released a statement to confirm the end of their relationship.
The couple have so far kept things civil, with Lisa ‘liking’ a photo on Twitter of the BGT judges with Ant and Dec as they appeared at the first auditions of the year.