Ant’s smiling again
Jungle duo swap for happy snap
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