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Declan Donnelly looks downcast during chat with manager wife Ali Astall as best pal Ant McPartlin checks into rehab for pill and booze addiction.
He is said to be ‘devastated’ by his best friend and longtime TV sidekick’s secret addiction battle.
And Declan Donnelly looked downcast as he was spotted in the days before Ant McPartlin bombshell confession that a botched knee operation has left him hooked on prescription pills and booze.
The TV star, 41, was spotted having a discussion with his wife Ali Astall, who also acts as the duo’s manager.
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After their chat, Dec appeared thoughtful as he looked at the pair’s pet dog before showing another friend his new £150k Bentley Bentayga.
Dec, along with Ant’s wife Lisa Armstrong, is said to have been instrumental in securing the struggling star a place in rehab.
Dec is said to be shell shocked by Ant’s revelations of drink and drug use. It is thought Dec is jetting out of London after making sure Ant checked into rehab.
His low-key appearance was during the calm before the storm as Ant prepared to reveal his news to fans on Sunday.
Wincing in pain, Ant tried to get a grip on his crutches as he headed to his car.
Dressed down in T-shirt and shorts, he looked a far cry from the clean-cut entertainer who has amassed a huge £60 million fortune during his three-decade career.
Ant was last seen on Thursday, wincing in pain as he struggled on crutches.
The TV favourite, 41, has embarked on a strict two-month stint in rehab to battle his demons after surgery on his knee two years ago left him in agony.
He appeared to be preparing for his rehab stay, wearing a medical identity bracelet around one wrist.
The Britain’s Got Talent host is said to have become a ‘virtual recluse’ as he hid his secret battle, only leaving his home to head to film TV projects in a bid to cope with his pain.
He even fought to hide his health woes and addiction from all around him, including wife of 11 years Lisa.