ANT: ‘I’ll prove my life is back on track’

Ahead of his re­turn to our screens, pals say TV host Ant Mcpartlin is feel­ing like his old self

Closer (UK) - - News - By Daisy Mclure

e re­turned to work H last week for the record­ing of new show Re­play – de­vel­oped by his pro­duc­tion com­pany, ahead of re­sum­ing pre­sent­ing du­ties on Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent later this month.

And Ant Mcpartlin, 43, looked happy and healthy – a dis­tinct turn­around from this time last year when he an­nounced the end of his 11-year mar­riage to Lisa Arm­strong, 42, fol­lowed by a sec­ond stint in re­hab af­ter his drink- drive ar­rest, which led the TV host to take time out.

And pals tell Closer the star – whose TV co-host De­clan Don­nelly had taken the reins dur­ing his ab­sence – is ready to put the night­mare be­hind him.

A source says, “Ant’s in the best place he’s been in in a long time and feels ready to get back to work. He’s had a huge amount of sup­port from fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing Dec, and he’s de­ter­mined to prove that he’s got his life back on track.”

Ant was joined at the stu­dios by his mum, Chris­tine Wood­hall, and girl­friend of nine months and for­mer PA, Anne-marie Cor­bett, 42, who pals say have been in­stru­men­tal in his re­cov­ery.

The source says, “Ant’s head over heels for An­neMarie and said he couldn’t have done it with­out her – it’s made them even stronger as a cou­ple.”

De­spite his fresh start, the star still has a cus­tody bat­tle over his dog Hur­ley – who he shares with Lisa – lin­ger­ing over him.

The source adds, “Ant just wants to draw a line un­der ev­ery­thing as soon as pos­si­ble so they can all move on. He wishes the best for Lisa and hopes she can also find hap­pi­ness.”

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