As Declan Donnelly announces he’s going to be a dad, it seems some gossips, busy-bodies and ‘sources close to the family’ can’t leave the happy news alone.
Yesterday, Declan Donnelly shared the baby news to the Instagram and Twitter accounts he shares with best friend and co-host Ant McPartlin to confirm the imminent little arrival.
It was accompanied by a beautiful picture of Dec and his wife, Ali Astall:
Dec, 42, wrote:
Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages. The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child.
Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it. D x.
But a source close to Ant has claimed the happy news for Dec and Ali, 40, has caused ‘heartache’ for McPartlin.
The unidentified source told the Mirror:
Ant is thrilled for Dec and Ali but the news sparked other emotions because he has always wanted children.
There is some heartache and it is a bittersweet moment.
Ant has gone into rehab and has recently split from his wife Lisa, so his life is just not the same as the one Ant has right now.
It’s almost certain this hasn’t come straight from the horse’s mouth, however, as Ant is in rehab and only able to speak to his mother and Dec himself.
Ant recently split from wife Lisa, 41, after the couple announced they were struggling to conceive back in 2013.
McPartlin, 42, is now in rehab facing a drink-driving charge after he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a collision on a roundabout in Mortlake, south west London, which resulted in a young child being taken to hospital.
Dec took to the twosome’s social media to confirm he will be hosting solo for the first time without his TV sidekick.
Whilst I never thought I’d be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we’ve decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead.
We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that.
Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series.
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will return next Saturday on ITV, reportedly with an as-yet unconfirmed celebrity guest.
The latest incident comes after a traumatic time for McPartlin, who has publicly spoken about his battle with alcohol and prescription drugs addiction.
At the time of the collision, it is reported an emotional Ant told his mother, Christine, who was in the car with him, ‘I’ve really messed up this time.‘
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.