Ant McPartlin has confirmed that he and his wife are to divorce after 11 years of marriage. Her fans were quick to offer their support, with one tweeting: "Lots of hugs from a complete stranger (me) but heartfelt", while another added: "Sending you hugs sweetheart - even in the darkest of situations you always need to find the positives".
They claimed Ant wants to release an official statement in the new year but "Lisa has not agreed to this yet".
After months of speculation from the media and fans alike, presenter and all-round entertainer Ant McPartlin has confirmed that he is very sadly splitting from his wife of eleven years.
She later alluded to marriage trouble when she posted on Twitter that she was "throwing the rubbish out" with 2017.
The couple married in 2006 having known each other for over a decade, but according to The Sun he made the decision to file for divorce "to do the right thing for his health".
Ant has been living apart from partner Lisa, having moved out of the £6million property they share past year following his stint in rehab for an addiction to painkillers.
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McPartlin entered rehab last summer and a source told the newspaper that his marriage had "effectively been struggling for eight months".
"Ant asks for privacy at this hard time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families". 'No further statement will be made'.
"She was upstairs because I was living in the living room because I couldn't get around".
Speaking previously, the Saturday Night Takeaway star said: 'I've put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you.
The 42-year-old - who returned to television screens for another series of I'm A Celebrity in November after a stint in rehab for painkiller addiction and alcohol problems - described the decision as "very sad".
The couple met at a Smash Hits concert in Newcastle in the mid-1990s while Armstrong was an aspiring pop star in Deuce and McPartlin was performing with Donnelly as PJ & Duncan.