Things aren’t look­ing good for Ant Mcpartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong as he moves out of their fam­ily home

He’s moved out, she’s had enough

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Well, this is sad news for a dreary Novem­ber. Things were sup­posed to be go­ing so much bet­ter for Ant Mcpartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong. Af­ter spend­ing months bat­tling an ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs, the TV pre­sen­ter was given the all-clear to re­sume his co-host­ing du­ties next week on I’m A Celeb… But any hopes that his im­proved health would have a knock-on ef­fect on his rocky mar­riage look to have been pretty much dashed – with the pair now liv­ing apart.

In­sid­ers tell heat that the for­mer teenage sweet­hearts – who have been to­gether for 23 years – could be past the point of no re­turn. “It’s not only Ant go­ing through hell. Lisa’s emo­tion­ally ex­hausted and has been run into the ground,” says a source close to the pair. “It’s in­creas­ingly been a oneway mar­riage and she seems to have noth­ing left to give.”

Last week, it was re­vealed that Ant, who’s 41, is rent­ing a house around the corner to the west-london man­sion he shares with Lisa, and has been seen walk­ing their dog Hur­ley in the area. Ac­cord­ing to sources, he’s say­ing he still needs space, and Lisa, also 41, is find­ing the whole sit­u­a­tion very dif­fi­cult. We’re told she’s telling friends that there is only a “thin chance” they’ll make it. “She lives in hope of a mir­a­cle,” our source tells us. “But Lisa feels that if he did re­ally want to save their mar­riage, he would be mak­ing more of an ef­fort. She feels bro­ken and up­set that, while every­one feels sorry for Ant, they don’t think much about the long­suf­fer­ing wife in the wings.” In Au­gust, Ant pub­licly dis­cussed the im­pact that his ad­dic­tion to painkillers – fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion on his knee two years ago – had on their re­la­tion­ship, ad­mit­ting that, “This kind of stuff puts a strain on any mar­riage.” He also ad­mit­ted to sub­stance and al­co­hol abuse, and there were ru­mours the pair had strug­gled to cope with be­ing un­able to start a fam­ily. Ant spent two months in re­hab, fol­lowed by an­other month re­cu­per­at­ing in LA.

Now, as Ant pre­pares to re­lo­cate to Aus­tralia for an­other few weeks while Lisa keeps up her de­mand­ing job as chief make-up artist on Strictly Come Danc­ing, it looks like the dis­tance be­tween them is only set to grow. ■

Friends say Lisa de­serves a medal for what she’s been through

The good old days *sob*

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