Dec: I needed ther­apy af­ter Ant melt­down

Dec helped af­ter pal’s of­fence

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DE­CLAN Don­nelly has revealed he has been hav­ing coun­selling af­ter Ant McPartlin’s drink-drive car crash.

Ant was given a 20-month driv­ing ban and fined £86,000 for crash­ing into a car car­ry­ing a child in March last year.

Dec con­sid­ered split­ting from his Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent pre­sent­ing part­ner over what he de­scribed as an “in­de­fen­si­ble” of­fence – and revealed that his friend’s con­vic­tion left him need­ing ther­apy.

He said: “It’s the most desta­bil­is­ing thing that has ever hap­pened to me.

“I had some coun­selling, and

I still do. It helps to talk to some­body in­de­pen­dent, who doesn’t watch TV.”

Dec told the Guardian it was not the first time he has sought help, and revealed that he has strug­gled

“through­out the years”.

The Ge­ordie duo have worked to­gether for al­most 30 years. Dec said he wanted to “punch and hug” Ant at the same time when he heard of his ar­rest.

They are back on the box next Satur­day when the ITV tal­ent show re­turns. Ant cried on stage af­ter he re­ceived a huge ova­tion from the au­di­ence at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium when film­ing be­gan in Jan­uary.

In the same in­ter­view, Ant told how he is in touch with his es­tranged dad, who walked out on his fam­ily when he was 10.

He reached out to Ray­mond, 64, a plumber, dur­ing his year off work.

Ant, 43, said the re­u­nion, af­ter 32 years, came about as a re­sult of a show the pair are mak­ing where they trace their DNA and an­ces­try.

He said: “My dad and I didn’t speak for a long time, but we’re talk­ing again now, which is great.”

SPLIT FEAR Ant and Dec

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