Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa had one of the most rock solid marriages in showbiz, but all that came crashing down this weekend.
The pair, who had been together for 23 years, have faced a rocky few months after Ant went to rehab to deal with an addiction to prescription painkillers.
Make-up artist Lisa stood by her man, telling fans in June: “Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support it means so much. I’m relieved he’s receiving the help he needs, we just need him better.”
But just eight months later Ant called time on their marriage in a brutal Saturday night statement, making it clear who is severing ties – reports the Daily Mirror.
His statement said: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
Sources close to Ant maintained he decided to split “for his health” and is determined to “take care of Lisa” both financially and mentally. Although behind the scenes sources close to Lisa say it was hard for her to accept the split.
Since Ant returned from rehab, before his jungle stint in November, he shunned the £6million marital home for “some space” and moved into a rental flat streets away.
It is thought the pair had been locked in emotional crisis talks before Ant, 42, jetted off to Oz with Lisa maintaining she wanted their marriage to last the course.
Sources said Lisa was determined to save their marriage and understandably became emotional during their chats – something Ant referenced, saying: “I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you. This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage.”
Publicly, Lisa made sure she was telling fans the pair were not estranged.
In November, Lisa slammed those who suggested she was living apart from Ant, saying: “I’m not estranged, thank-you.”
Dealing out the information via a series of hashtags, Lisa wrote: “#writewhatyouwant #haventbeentoOzfor10years #ihaveajob #allaloadofmadeupshit #imnotestrangedthank-you #asyouwere.”
Then in an emotional outburst, suggesting her upset, the Strictly makeup artist responded to a fan that suggested she was ‘throwing her marriage away’.
The troll wrote: “Can’t believe you’re throwing your marriage away after all them years. I’ve been addicted to codeine and unless you have been there you wouldn’t understand waking up in morning kidneys hurting for the habit to be fed educate yourself about it first @LisaAmakeup.”
She responded: “Educate yourself first love and get your facts rights. You don’t know!! x.”
But it appears Lisa became resigned to the fact her marriage was over during Christmas after Ant jetted back to Newcastle and she was left in London.
And in a telling New Years tweet Lisa shared a meme of a woman dragging a bag of radioactive waste labelled 2017 into the bin – hinting at the pain behind the last 12 months.
Fans have praised her for her dignity and Lisa responded “thank you” to a fan who said she should receive an award for the most dignified person on Twitter.