Ant McPartlin speaks out for FIRST time since leaving rehab

Ant McPartlin speaks out for FIRST time since leaving rehab

Ant McPartlin speaks out for FIRST time since leaving rehab

The Britain's Got Talent host and the other half to Ant and Dec has come to the end of his rehab stay, to overcome an addiction to prescription drugs and an ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in his first interview since addressing his demons, the 41-year-old presenter confessed he has put his wife of eleven years "through hell" in recent weeks - but that she has been "fantastic" with her support throughout.

He admitted to the newspaper: 'I've put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you.

He admitted: "I was at the point where anything - prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs - I would take".

Following his knee operation, he began taking the opioid painkiller Tramadol and became addicted.

"And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous".

Ant continued telling The Sun: "I was insane".

"She was upstairs because I was living in the living room because I couldn't get around". It sends you insane. "I was just drinking too much to numb the pain", he confirmed. "It was to the point of hearing things, seeing things in the garden and still the pain was getting worse", he said. "I was depressed through the whole thing because I was in pain and immobile".

He would visit different private doctors to get more tramadol prescribed, and recalled one occasion on Saturday Night Takeaway when he and Dec were performing with Take That.

He admits despite warnings on the packet he "didn't take them as seriously as I should have".

"I knew there was a dance routine involved. But that did a lot of damage".

After undergoing surgery following the show's final, McPartlin said he was "just done", adding: "it was horrendous".

He added: "Dec came around and he kind of knew it was at the point where I needed help".

"Once I admitted I was in a bad way, they then helped get a team together because obviously I wasn't in a fit state to do it myself".

'I can't go to Australia and not have a cold one at the surf club with Dec like we normally do, ' he said of his on-screen partner Declan Donnelly.

"I'm lucky because I have the means to do that. So I'm very grateful".