Ant McPartlin breaks silence over his reconciliation with estranged father Ray after deciding ‘life’s too short’ following years apart
Ant McPartlin has broken his silence on his reconciliation with his estranged father Ray after the two men spent years apart from each other.
The TV presenter, 43, claimed that when he reached his forties he decided that ‘life was too short’ not to reach out to his absent father, who left when he was a child.
Ant candidly discussed his relationship with his dad during filming for his new show with his best friend Declan Donnelly, Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey.
Speaking out: Ant McPartlin has broken his silence on his reconciliation with his estranged father Ray after the two men spent years apart from each other
During the programme, Ant reveals: ‘My dad left the family when I was about 10 and I’ve seen him sporadically over the years.
‘I haven’t seen him for a long while now. We didn’t speak for quite a while… but last year we started texting each other and I spoke to him on the phone for my birthday, which was lovely.
‘To be fair, life is too short. There is no point holding grudges or anything like that. You get to that age… I turned 40 and I just thought let’s stop messing about, let’s get in touch because you never know what’s going to happen.’
Moving on: The TV presenter, 43, claimed that when he reached his forties he decided that ‘life was too short’ not to reach out to his absent father (pictured), who left when he was a child
Ant opened up about his relationship with his father during filming at his mother’s house in his native Newcastle, and even joked to her and his two sisters, Emma and Sarha, ‘when is Dad coming?
The star was brought up by his mum Christine Woodall after his dad left and remarried, but the father and son reconciled their relationship in 2017.
Elsewhere on the show, Declan spoke out about the impact Ant’s addiction battle had on their 31-year friendship.
The television presenter, 44, admitted he thought he had ‘lost’ his best friend for good when Ant was arrested for a drink-driving conviction last year.
Hurt: Elsewhere on the show, Declan spoke out about the impact Ant’s addiction battle had on their 31-year friendship (pictured Tuesday)
Speaking on their ITV documentary, Dec said: ‘It has been a tough couple of years and it has tested the bond we have shared since we were 13.’
Dec added: ‘I was incredibly angry at the start, so angry. Disappointed that he didn’t ever come to me and say “I am struggling, I need you” because that is what I would do if the shoe was on the other foot. And he never came to me and that hurt me a lot.’
The ITV documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from the spotlight to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. He admitted himself to rehab for further treatment.
During this time, Dec admitted he was ‘filled with fear’ at the thought of no longer having Ant by his side.
Fear: The television presenter, 44, admitted he thought he had ‘lost’ Ant for good when the star admitted himself into rehab after being arrested for a drink-driving conviction last year
Hard: Speaking in their ITV documentary Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, Dec said: ‘It has been a tough couple of years and it has tested the bond we have shared since we were 13’
Troubled: Ant was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000- Britain’s highest-ever penalty for drink-driving after pleading guilty to the offence in March last year
‘There was a point where I thought that that was it,’ Dec said. ‘There were times where I wasn’t sure it was going to survive.
‘Times where you didn’t know it needed to survive or you wanted it to survive.
‘All the while he was away I wasn’t sure where his head was at or if he was going to say “none of this is for me”.
Postponed: The ITV documentary was halted for two years while Ant took his break from the spotlight to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs a
‘I didn’t know what he wanted to do and for the first time in 30 years I had to think about what I was going to do and if I was going to go out on my own.
‘The thought of that filled me with fear.’
After a lengthy stint away from the spotlight, Ant returned to television, hosting this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent and will return to the Australian jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! later this month.
Scary: During this time, Dec admitted he was ‘filled with fear’ at the thought of no longer having Ant by his side
But Dec says he eventually came to terms with the possibility Ant could have stepped away from the spotlight forever, because he just wants his friend ‘to be happy’.
He said: ‘Ultimately you realise all those feeling are a bit selfish because they are all about you and how about what he was going through and the unhappiness he felt and how he must have felt to be in that situation, and that is when I became really sad and really sympathetic.
‘Because to be in those depths of despair, he must have been so unhappy. And that is where ultimately the care and compassion you have for that person overrides everything and you just want them to get better and get support for them.
Best of friends: Ant and Dec have been friends for over 31-years after first meeting on the set of Byker Grove (pictured 1998)
‘More than anything I just wanted to be happy.’
Ant, 43, also touches upon his struggles in the documentary; ‘the last few years have been quite emotional, hard, they have been testing I would say in terms of how strong your love is and how strong your friendship is.’
Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey is on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th of November at 9pm on ITV
Rich in history: The first episode of the series is set to air on Saturday, where Ant discovers he had a great grandfather who was a war hero
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