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Ant McPartlin's Rep Says Press Intrusion Is Harming His Recovery From Painkiller Addiction

The star has delayed filming of an 'I'm A Celebrity' trailer.

02/10/2017 11:16 | Updated 03 October 2017

Ant McPartlin’s recovery from an addiction to painkillers is being hampered by media camped outside his home, his spokesperson has said. 

The presenter has decided to extend his current stay in Los Angeles to escape being harassed by the press in the UK, which has meant delaying the filming of the big budget trailer for this year’s ‘I’m A Celebrity’.

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Ant has had to postpone filming an 'I'm A Celebrity' trailer

A report in The Sun claimed Ant was due to shoot the promo with co-presenter Declan Donnelly on Friday (6 October), but filming has now been postponed as he continues his recover.

When contacted by HuffPost UK, Ant’s rep explained: “Ant has gone to LA to get away from the media that keep harassing him outside his home.

“Having people outside his door and following him to the shop or on a dog walk is harming his progress. He is still in recovery and is now taking time out of the spotlight.”

An ‘I’m A Celebrity’ spokesperson declined to comment. 

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Ant revealed he was battling an addiction to painkillers back in June

Ant left rehab after a two-month stint in August, where he was treated for an addiction to strong painkillers.

His initial problems developed after a knee injury, which also required surgery, and he also began abusing alcohol and other substances.

Ant opened up about his struggles after leaving rehab in an interview with The Sun on Sunday, revealing the extent of his addiction for the first time.

“And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, ‘You could have killed yourself’. ”

The new series of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ begins filming next month, and it is yet to be confirmed whether Ant will be able to host as usual, although it is thought co-host Dec will not present it without him.

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