ITV bosses have vowed to support Ant McPartlin after he checked into rehab to battle addiction.
The presenter headed into rehab just a few days ago to get help for an alcohol, drug and prescription medication addiction.
And now Ant’s bosses at ITV have revealed they are willing to give him all the support he needs.
In a statement an ITV source said: “The feeling amongst senior executives is that Ant has been very brave to admit this. He’s got our total backing and he knows he can take as much time as he needs.
“If there’s anything we can do to support him in getting better then of course he only needs to ask – he’s a huge part of the ITV family and that isn’t going to change.
“He has many friends here who are right behind him, and hope to see him out of rehab and on the mend as soon as possible.
“Those close to him are very impressed by how open and honest he has been about his issues – it can’t have been easy for him and it took real courage.”
This comes shortly after Ant’s presenting pal and best friend Declan Donnelly shared a heartfelt message following the news.
He wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella.
“He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated. DD xx.”
Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella. He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated.
— antanddec (@antanddec) June 18, 2017
Ant, who is set to spend two months in rehab, opened up about his addictions in a statement. He 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.
“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time.”
He added: “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.”
Meanwhile Ant’s wife Lisa Armstrong broke her silence in a message thanking fans for their support for the star.
She said: “Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support it means so much. I’m relieved he’s receiving the help he needs, we just need him better.”
It’s been reported that the I’m A Celebrity host turned to drink and drugs after a crippling knee injury as well as struggling to conceive a baby with Lisa.
A source told The Sun: “The drugs and alcohol were playing an increasingly important role in helping Ant function each day.
“He hid it very well from those closest to him but it was obvious that it had become an issue at home.”