Star all set to move into £5.5m man­sion 8 miles from TV pal

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY JA­NINE YAQOOB TV Edi­tor ja­[email protected]­

ANT McPartlin is get­ting on his Byker and split­ting from best pal Dec Don­nelly – by mov­ing into his new man­sion.

The prop­erty is cur­rently un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion – and the star was this week spot­ted chat­ting to builders on site.

The pre­sent­ing duo have lived in each other’s pock­ets for most of their near-30 years work­ing to­gether on TV, even shar­ing a flat when they first moved to Lon­don.

They then bought houses next door to each other in Chiswick. And when Ant got mar­ried in 2006, he moved to a £2.3mil­lion house just a few streets away.

A year later screen part­ner Dec bought a £1.9mil­lion home in the same road – just three houses along from Ant.

Even when Ant split from wife Lisa in 2017 and moved out of their mar­i­tal home, the award-win­ning pre­sen­ter rented nearby.

But this sum­mer the 43-year-olds will be sep­a­rated by an eight-mile, 30-minute drive when Ant moves to his South West Lon­don man­sion, bought last year for £5.5mil­lion.

It is un­der­stood girl­friend Anne-Marie Cor­bett, 43, will not join him be­cause she al­ready lives close by with her two chil­dren.

The move is be­ing seen as his chance to start afresh af­ter his di­vorce and bat­tles with drink and pre­scrip­tion drugs. He took 2018 off to go to re­hab fol­low­ing his drink-driv­ing con­vic­tion af­ter a crash in March.

Af­ter be­ing banned from driv­ing and fined a record £86,000, Ant stepped down from his TV com­mit­ments – leav­ing

Dec to present the fi­nal episodes of their Saturday

Night Take­away alone.

Dec also pre­sented the

Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent live shows on his own, but was joined in Aus­tralia by

Holly Wil­loughby to co-host I’m A Celebrity.

But he and Ant will be to­gether again next month for the re­turn of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent.

In a first look at the trailer, the duo don tails as con­duc­tors. Dec is first seen alone, but is joined by Ant af­ter drop­ping his ba­ton. Clearly their friend­ship is still safe as houses.

CLOSE PALS Ant, left, has al­ways had home near Dec IN THE STICKS Ant out with new love, Anne-MarieGET ME IN HERE Man­sion ren­o­va­tion is nearly fin­ished

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