TV presenter Paul Ross has suffered from drug addiction for a year

The presenter says he plans to remain married to his wife of ten years

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The TV presenter Paul Ross has said he has been suffering from an addiction to the drug mephedrone for the past year.

Ross, 53, who co-hosts BBC Radio London’s weekday breakfast show and regularly appears as a showbiz reporter on This Morning, told the Sun on Sunday he had also had an affair with a man during that time.

Ross, the older brother of TV host Jonathan, told the paper he had spent up to £150 a week on drugs. “It was a dependency that got worse and worse,” he said.

The TV presenter told the paper “it was all about the drugs” and that he had since cut ties with the man.

He said he met the man, a former English teacher, near his home in Maidenhead, Berkshire. He said he had experienced some financial difficulties prior to that. “I have started counselling for my drug addiction. I have had two sessions already. I can’t believe how stupid I’ve been,” he said.

 

His wife, Jackie, who he married in 2004, said: “I’m not wiping out a 14-year relationship for six months of madness.”

Ross, who said he was too proud to ask members of his family for help, added: "Jackie has been an amazing woman through this. She is such a brave woman and she doesn't deserve what I have put her through."

Ross has also worked as a radio presenter on GLR, Virgin and Talk Radio.