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Ant And Dec Star Ant McPartlin Receives Support From Holly Willoughby And Phillip Schofield After Rehab Admission

Both TV duos are close friends.

19/06/2017 12:42 BST | Updated 19/06/2017 14:37 BST

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have sent their best wishes to close friend Ant McPartlin, following his admission to rehab.

The TV presenter - one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec - revealed his problems with prescription drugs and alcohol over the weekend, and is checking into a clinic to receive treatment. 

Holly and Phillip reacted to the news on Monday’s edition of ‘This Morning’, before later hosting a viewer phone-in about coping with addiction.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield sent Ant McPartlin their best

Phillip told viewers: “We wanted to take this moment to send our love and best wishes to our mate Ant. As you may have seen he’s checked into a rehab clinic for help with substance abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol.”

Holly described his decision to publicly speak about about his problems as “brave”. 

Discussing Ant’s admission with the show’s agony aunt Deidre Sanders, Phillip added: “This is obviously proof that whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you do, these sort of things can affect you.”

Agreeing, Deidre said: “I think it’s great that he’s spoken out because it sets a great example for other people who we know will be out there suffering and worrying about it.

“I don’t think he should feel guilty for it - he was suffering with pain and got trapped, and I think it’s just wonderful that he made that move to get help.”

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The two telly twosomes are close pals
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Ant has admitted himself to rehab for his addiction issues

Since the story broke, Ant’s wife Lisa Armstrong has spoken out on Twitter, as has his co-presenter Declan Donnelly, who thanked fans for their support.

Their employers at ITV have also backed Ant, following his announcement.  

‘This Morning’ airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV. 

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