The couple are doing everything to save their relationship before they’re thousands of miles apart.
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong are about to face their toughest times yet as they prepare to be separated by 11,000 miles when Ant heads over to Australia for I’m A
Celebrity in just a few weeks.
While Ant’s based in the remote jungle in Springbrook National Park, New South Wales, Lisa will be run off her feet too, as Strictly Come Dancing – where she’s head of make-up and hair – amps up.
With the couple working on two of the biggest shows on telly – but on rival channels – they’re going to be leading very separate lives come November.
‘She’s constantly working – sometimes more than me,’ Ant revealed previously. With flights from London to Brisbane taking 21 hours or more, there certainly won’t be any quick pit stops to visit Ant in the jungle…
Earlier this year, Ant checked into rehab to beat his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, triggered by a botched knee operation. The 41-year-old took a break from work to recuperate and, despite being snapped looking healthy last week, it’s undeniable that he and Lisa, 40, are feeling the strain right now.
In an open letter penned after his heartbreaking admission in June, Ant confessed he’d put his wife ‘through hell’ during his addiction to prescription pills, including the heavy-duty painkiller Tramadol.
Ant wrote that he was ‘very sorry’ for the ordeal, continuing: ‘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’m truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this difficult time… I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you.’
It became clear that things weren’t smooth sailing in Ant and Lisa’s marriage back in 2013 when he revealed that they were finding it ‘tough’ to have a baby, despite marrying in 2006. He said: ‘Lisa and I would love to have kids. We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think when you get a bit older.’
It was in the midst of their fertility struggles that Ant’s addiction started – leading to a tricky few years for the couple, who met when Lisa was in pop band Deuce in 1994. Ant proposed to Lisa in Dubai before they wed in 2006, with his closest pal Declan Donnelly as best man at their wedding.
Ant’s certainly showed that he feels remorse for what he put Lisa through, describing his addiction as potentially ‘deadly’ when he went into rehab but crediting her as ‘amazing’ and ‘very supportive’ throughout the whole ordeal – which would be a test for any couple.
But with Ant and Lisa both up against it by working on different, huge primetime TV commitments in the next two months, it’s going to be a tough time for the pair.