Chilly Ant wraps up warm as he walks Hurley while pal Dec suns himself down under

While his best friend Declan Donnelly soaks up the sun in warm Australia, Ant braced the cold as he took a stroll with his beloved pup, Hurley.

Ant kept snug in a black beanie hat, padded coat, and checked scarf, teaming his winter accessories with dark blue jeans.

The TV favourite looked tired as he carried a large stick – no doubt to keep his pet pooch entertained.

This is the first year that Ant has not been in the Aussie outback with his TV partner Dec for I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! since the ITV reality show launched in 2002.

The Geordie star is taking a break from the limelight as he continues to battle his alcohol and drug addictions following a stint in rehab last year.

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby was drafted in to replace Ant as Dec's co-host – and was pictured sunning herself on a beach in Australia earlier today.

Holly looked radiant as she put her tanned limbs on display while splashing in the sea with her children.

Although he is battling the cold now, Ant only returned from a holiday with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett earlier this week.

The star was pictured being greeted by his delighted dog at the airport as Ant and Anne returned from their trip to get some winter sun in the Middle East.

The pair jetted off at the start of this year's I'm A Celeb to celebrate Ant’s 43rd birthday, which was on November 18.

A source explained last week: "Ant wants to escape the spotlight and let Dec and Holly have their moment on TV.

"It’s not easy but Ant is conscious that a lot of people will be wondering where he is and if he is watching – and that will be an unhelpful distraction.

"So he and Anne-Marie have chosen to get away from it all and have some time alone together with a bit of peace and quiet.

"Ant will obviously miss it, but he hopes Holly Willoughby does really well.

"They’re all friends and he’s certain she’ll be great – he’ll be rooting for them all."

Meanwhile, Ant's ex-wife Lisa Armstrong was pictured looking tired as she shopped in Snappy Snaps earlier today.

The Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist let her jumper, which was emblazoned with the word Happy, do the talking as she mooched around the store.

The pair officially divorced earlier this year following 11 years of marriage, with The Sun previously revealing that it was Ant who called time on their relationship.

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