Ant McPartlin shares addiction struggles in heart to heart with Kate Middleton
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Ant McPartlin has opened up about his addiction struggles in a heart to heart with Kate Middleton.
The TV star and his fellow presenter Dec Donnelly chatted to the royal as she launched new charity project Taking Action On Addiction.
Their conversation has been shared on Twitter and shows Ant telling the Duchess: "By the time I asked for help it was really…it was bad."
"But as soon as you started to open up to people, the problems started to disappear," added the star, who had problems with alcohol and painkillers.
"It gets better."
Kate stressed the importance of prevention and how to get in there "before it gets to crisis point".
Dec agreed, saying that if people could be helped before they hit "rock bottom" it would make such a big difference.
He also said raising awareness was "so important".
"A lot of the time people don't know where to turn to or what to do and are a bit lost," he said.
Ant was convicted for drink-driving in 2018 which resulted in a 20-month ban from the road and an £86,000 fine.
He went to rehab and spent a year away from TV screens, with Dec joined by Holly Willoughby for I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here that year.
Dec later told how he thought their partnership might not survive.
Opening up in documentary Ant And Dec's DNA Journey, he said what they went through "tested the bond we have shared since we were 13 years old".
"I was incredibly angry at the start, so angry," he said.
"Disappointed that he didn't ever come to me and say, 'I am struggling, I need you,' because that is what I would do if the shoe was on the other foot. And he never came to me and that hurt me a lot."
"There were times where I wasn't sure it was going to survive," he added.
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- Ant Mcpartlin
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