He took a break from TV following a drink drive conviction and a return to rehab and has now divorced from wife Lisa Armstrong. Here's everything you need to know…
Who is Ant McPartlin?
Anthony David "Ant" McPartlin, OBE, 43, was born on November 18, 1975.
He is an English television presenter, producer and actor.
The star is best known as one half of the TV presenting duo Ant & Dec, with best pal Declan Donnelly.
Ant stands at 5 foot 8 inches tall.
Will Ant be returning to Britain's Got Talent 2019?
The Sun's Bizarre column exclusively revealed that Ant was set to make a return to Britain's Got Talent in 2019.
He returned to work in December 2018 after a nine month break to attend BGT production meetings and will host live shows alongside Declan Donelly later in the year.
A source close to the star said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult two-year period but he has been entirely focused on turning his life around in order to return to work.
"ITV is very excited about Ant and Dec being reunited – but Ant’s recovery has been everyone’s first priority.”
He's also expected to take his I'm a Celeb job back in 2019 after Holly Willoughby confirmed that she won't return for another series.
She said: "It was a one-off, once in a lifetime adventure. Next year, I’ll be at home with everyone else having a glass of wine watching it.”
When did Ant McPartlin plead guilty to drink driving?
On Sunday, March 18, Ant was involved in a three-car smash in Richmond, London.
On Wednesday, March 21, the Met Police confirmed the TV star was being charged with drink driving.
McPartlin attended Kingston police station and was interviewed before being charged.
The presenter was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving in April 2018.
When did Ant McPartlin divorce from Lisa Armstrong?
Ant officially divorced from Lisa Armstrong on October 16 on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour – a decree nisi was granted in less than 30 seconds.
The Sun first revealed that Ant was divorcing from his wife of 11 years on January 14, 2018.
In a statement released to The Sun on Sunday, Ant’s spokesman said: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.”
It was also reported that the make-up artist could get HALF of his fortune, meaning she could walk away with £31million.
On November 5, Lisa was seen arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice to start legal arguments about getting a share of the TV presenter’s £62million fortune
Who is Anne-Marie Corbett?
After a tumultuous year, the Britain's Got Talent star found love with his 42-year-old personal assistant, Anne-Marie Corbett.
Taking to Twitter, Lisa posted a series of broken heart Emojis, followed by a love heart.
Fans responded with messages of support to Armstrong, saying: "Sending you love and hugs. Keep strong"
The couple's relationship is going strong and they were photographed on Friday, July 20 on a double date with pals Dec and his wife Ali Astall.
How did Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly meet?
Ant met Dec on the children’s television show Byker Grove when he joined in 1990. Dec was on the show from 1989.
They played PJ (Ant) and Duncan (Dec), sharing storylines and creating a friendship off-screen as well as on.
After leaving Byker Grove, they launched a pop career in 1994, known as PJ & Duncan – their characters on Byker Grove.
However, the duo's music career didn’t last too long as their record label decided not to renew their contract in 1997 – but after this they had already rebranded as Ant and Dec.
Having become real-life best friends, their on-screen chemistry proved a winner and they moved into comedy presenting.
What shows have Ant and Dec presented?
Ant and Dec have formed one of the most successful partnerships in TV, and are known as television royalty.
They have fronted a number of shows, but really hit the big time when they presented children’s Saturday morning show SMTV Live, which launched the career of Cat Deeley, as well as CD:UK, a music chart show.
They then moved away from kids' TV and have had success with Saturday Night Takeaway and are also well known for fronting I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Britain's Got Talent.
What is Ant McPartlin's net worth?
Ant's net worth is estimated to be around £62million.
His 2007 presenting deal with ITV was rumoured to be worth around £40million and a more recent deal is said to be approximately £30million – split between himself and Dec.
Ant and Dec are both property investors too – reportedly owning properties worth around £10million combined.
It is also believed that they are each insured against the other's death, with the amount being around £1million.
ITV boss Carolyn McCall revealed telly favourite Ant will be making a comeback on ITV — but wouldn’t be pushed into anything too soon.
Carolyn said: “He will come back when he’s well and when he is ready.
“ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he’s well and fit enough to return.”
She was then asked: " But he will be returning to the channel?"
McCall responded: "As far as I know, that is true."
Why did Ant go to rehab in 2017?
Ant spent his two-month stint in rehab in summer 2017 after enduring a two-year addiction to strong painkillers, which almost killed him.
In a world exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, the presenter revealed how he was rushed to hospital at 5am after an "insane" pills binge.
The emotional star said: "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 has now praised the "brilliant" NHS doctor who saved him from the painkiller addiction in an exclusive interview with The Sun's Bizarre Column.
The star's descent into dangerous prescription drugs came after he damaged his knee in 2014, then had a botched operation on it the following year.
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