Dec’s cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I’m A Celebrity absence

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Declan Donnelly has publicly messaged his telly partner on his birthday, hours ahead of the I’m A Celebrity launch

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ByEmmeline Saunders

  • 08:45, 18 NOV 2018
  • Updated08:48, 18 NOV 2018

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Declan Donnelly has sent a cryptic message to his best mate Ant McPartlin as his fellow Geordie turns 43 today – even though they’re on opposite sides of the world.

Dec, who is gearing up for his first I’m A Celebrity series without Ant by his side, shared a snap of the telly partners dressed up as Homer and Marge Simpson on their joint Instagram .

The relaxed photo showed Ant with a massive grin on his face wearing a white t-shirt with Homer’s body on it, and a hat of Homer’s face – while Dec has donned a high blue beehive wig and a yellow top with Marge’s face on it.

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Dec's cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I'm A Celebrity absence

Dec shared this tribute to Ant on his birthday
(Image: Instagram)

Dec captioned the picture with a kiss in a public acknowledgement of his troubled pal’s happy day.

"Happy Birthday Homer. Love, Marge x," he wrote.

Dec is now just hours away from the I’m A Celeb launch at 9pm UK time, which he’ll be co-hosting with Holly Willoughby for the first time in 16 years of the show.

Every year since 2001, he and Ant have celebrated Ant’s birthday in Australia – usually with a boozy party that all the crew are invited to.

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Dec's cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I'm A Celebrity absence

Dec will be spending time with baby Isla while Down Under
(Image: Splash News)

Dec's cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I'm A Celebrity absence

Ant has been left back in the UK following his drink-drive shame
(Image: GC Images)

But those boozy birthdays have had to end now that Ant has been treated for alcohol dependency in rehab, following his drink-drive car crash earlier this year.

This year will mark a much more family-friendly time for I’m A Celeb, with both presenters bringing their families Down Under for the duration of the series.

New dad Dec will be spending his downtime with wife Ali Astall and their baby daughter Isla, while Holly will be hanging out with husband Dan and their three young children when she’s not busy filming.

*I’m A Celebrity launches tonight at 9pm on ITV

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