Ant and Dec's Anthony McPartlin checks into rehab

For ‘substance abuse, prescription drugs and drinking’

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Anthony McPartlin – one half of duo Ant and Dec – has checked into rehab for “substance abuse, prescription drugs, and drinking”.

Speaking to The Sun, the I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! presenter said: “The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.”

McPartlin explained how a knee injury led him to become addicted to prescription pain medication, and depression caused a turn to substance abuse.

The TV presenter also revealed he suffers from anxiety over fears he cannot conceive a child with wife Lisa.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at the National Television Awards

“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time,” he continued.

“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.”

Update: Dec has spoken out about his presenting partner entering rehab, thanking fans for their kind wishes and thoughts.

Two years ago, McPartlin had an operation to fix cartilage in his knee. However, he called the operation a “botch” as the pain continued long after.

Last Tuesday, he had another operation. As a result, McPartlin will spend the next six weeks in a wheelchair. 

According to the report, the 41-year-old checked into rehab last night, where he expects to spend two months.

A representative for McPartlin confirmed the quotes for The Independent and said there is no further comment.