Ant’s smil­ing again

Jun­gle duo swap for happy snap

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - EXCLUSIVE BY HALINA WATTS Showbiz Editor and MARK JEF­FRIES in Aus­tralia halina.watts@sun­daymir­

I’M all Right! Smil­ing Ant McPartlin swaps places with his TV pal in a snap that shows he’s re­cov­er­ing from his ad­dic­tion hell.

Ant and Dec...sorry Dec and Ant were head­ing to Aus­tralia for a break be­fore start­ing work on the next I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here. And when a fan at Heathrow Air­port asked them to pose they were happy to oblige – even out of synch.

Ant, 41, has been bat­tling his twoyear ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs and spent last month on a course in Los An­ge­les.

Be­fore that he spent eight weeks in re­hab.

Friends say Ant and his co-host – and life­long pal – De­clan Don­nelly, 42, will have three days for a “proper catch up” be­fore start­ing work on the show, which is back on Novem­ber 19.

One said: “Ant’s been away most of the sum­mer and hardly saw Dec so they’ll get some proper bond­ing time.

“It’s go­ing to be nice for them to chill out be­fore the mad­ness kicks off.

“To­wards the end of next week they will start to script the open­ing episodes to­gether.”

Ant also had a far­well visit from pal Nikki Wilkes – mar­ried to his close friend Jonathan Wilkes, 39 – on Fri­day.


The source con­tin­ued: “Be­fore Ant left for Oz he was vis­ited by a lot of his close pals. They wanted to wish him the best and get him in good spir­its.”

His es­tranged wife Lisa, 41, will stay in the UK where she works as a make-up artist on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

Last week the Sun­day Mir­ror re­vealed how Ant had been liv­ing in a rented house near their £6mil­lion Lon­don home as he bat­tles to save his 23-year marriage.

MADE In Chelsea’s Ge­or­gia “Toff ” Tof­folo, 22, is the fourth celeb con­firmed to be en­ter­ing the jun­gle – and she hinted she’d packed all her biki­nis. She will join Hol­lyoaks ac­tor Jamie Lo­mas, 42, ex-foot­baller Den­nis Wise, 50, and YouTube vlog­ger Jack May­nard, 22.

DASH­ING Our story last Sun­day AR­RIVALS Ant steps out to meet Nikki HATTY LAND­INGS Nikki and Ant IT’S A BIG DE­PAR­TURE I’M OUT OF HERE Nikki leaves in car Re­laxed Ant (right) swaps sides for photo with fan at the air­port

USUAL VIEW Ant on left and Dec on right

JUN­GLE TRIP Ge­or­gia and Jamie jet to Oz

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