Dec regrets embarrassing I'm A Celebrity contestant Ashley

Declan Donnelly has admitted that he’s fond of Ashley Roberts but feels bad about his very public crush on her.

I’m A Celebrity presenters Ant And Dec made frequent jokes on-air about Dec’s passion for jungle contestant Ashley, 31, leading to speculation that a romance could be on the cards.

‘She is so lovely and I felt sorry for her,’ Dec, 37, tells The Sun’s TV Magazine.

‘She came to the country and all she was asked about was me. I felt a bit guilty about that.

‘I didn’t get a chance to see her afterwards. If I had, I would probably have apologised.’

Single Dec admits that he envies co-presenter Ant McPartlin, who has been married to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong for six years.

‘I guess, for me, [I envy] that he’s married and settled with a wife,’ Dec tells The Guardian Weekend.

‘Well, I envy your singleness,’ Ant, 37, quips back.

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