Declan Donnelly breaks silence for the first time since Ant McPartlin revealed he was heading to rehab over alcohol and prescription drug problem: 'The big fella will be touched'
Ant reportedly ‘wept’ as he revealed his problem to both Dec and his wife Lisa Armstrong, confirming he needed to head to a two month rehabilitation centre to battle his demons once and for all.
And now, Dec has taken to social media to show his support for his double-act other half during this difficult time.
Thanking fans for their ongoing support, Dec wrote to the pair’s 6.58 million followers: "Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella. He will be touched."
He added: "Your support is, as ever, much appreciated. DD xx."
And fans in their masses reached out to support comedy star Ant following his news, with one fan writing: "Growing up in the lime light has its pressures. He's only human, at least he's took the first step & faced it head on, all the best Ant x," while another wrote: "Wishing you all the best Ant. Your a trouper!. Keep your chin up Dec, your a great friend to Ant. Love to Lisa and family. X."
Speaking to The Sun, Ant revealed how depression led to addiction to prescription drugs, and an ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse.
He said: "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."
According to The Sun, he fought back the tears as he said to pal Declan Donnelly: "I need help, mate. I need help now."
A source said: "For Dec it was a bit of a bombshell hearing about these addiction problems.He had no idea of the full extent of the torment his best friend was going through."
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