TV star Ant McPartlin will is set to reportedly leave rehab in roughly 30 days and head to the I’m A Celebrity jungle six weeks later to join his best friend Declan Donnelly.
His troubles started when he became addicted to prescription medication for about a year following a botched knee operation, which left him feeling a lot of pain.
However, The Sunday Mirror has reported that Ant will first reunite with his life Lisa after the couple have had to spend two months apart following his entry into rehab over prescription drug and alcohol addictions.
A source told The Sun: “He’s doing very well considering everything he’s been through and is happy at being allowed to leave the centre with one of the staff. He is in good spirits and on the road to recovery.
“It was judged best that he battled through this on his own. It has been very tough for him, but he really wants to get better and promised to do whatever that takes. There is still a way to go, but he is making real progress.”
After Dec said that he would never host I’m A Celebrity without his partner, there were doubts cast over who would host the ITV reality show. There were rumours that Holly Willoughby would take over if the duo were unavailable, but that was later dismissed as pure gossip.
A close friend if the pair spoke to the Mirror and said: “Dec wouldn’t work on screen without Ant on any major show and he has said the last thing he would do is go to Australia without him.
“To say that he would consider working with Holly was ridiculous. He is a good friend of hers but he would not do that to Ant.
“Ant and Dec are a team with a huge emotional bond, they are like brothers and Dec will only be hosting I’m A Celebrity with Ant by his side.”
When the news broke of Ant’s admission to rehab, many were shocked. He released a statement shortly afterwards, saying: “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.
“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time.
“I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.
“The first step is to admit to yourself you need help.”
ITV have been incredibly supportive of 41-year-old Ant since his admission, reassuring him that he can take all the time he needs to get better.