Ant & Dec Reveal Why they Were Close to Splitting Up

Dec Donnelly has revealed he feared Ant McPartlin would quit TV to go and be a “pig farmer in Wales” after his break from show business.

THE TV stars have worked together for almost 30 years but were forced apart when Ant had a spell in rehab in 2018 after he crashed his car while over the limit with alcohol. The Geordie stars, both now 44, are celebrating 30 years together in which they have gone from Byker Grove to fronting I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!

Talking last night on The One Show, Dec said: “It was an incredibly difficult time and for me, I just wanted to fulfil our obligations, I wanted to do the TV shows and keep them going and when the time was right I knew we would sit down together and decide what the future would hold for us both.” He joked: “I thought he might want to be a pig farmer in Wales.”

Dec added: “But it was a really uncertain time, both of us individually went away and thought about what the future could hold, would hold and what we wanted it to hold. Ultimately at the end of it all, we sat down together and were very honest with each other and we both realised that what made us happiest was being together and working together and that’s how we wanted to continue.”

In October 2019 ITV revived ‘Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey’ after Ant McPartlin’s Drunken-Driving Fine. image: Twitter

As they looked back at the filming of Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey over the last few years, Ant said: “Looking back, when we went into DNA, our relationship wasn’t where it should have been. We were on autopilot, working too hard and taking each other for granted, but Ant’s break forced us both to evaluate everything, almost from the perspective of an outsider.”

Dec chipped in and said: “There was a real chance we were never going to work together again. Not knowing if Ant and Dec would continue was very scary for us both.”

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