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CelebsWhere is Ant McPartlin? Host jets off on birthday trip ahead of I’m A Celebrity launch
Troubled TV presenter Ant McPartlin has flown off on holiday with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett for his 43rd birthday
- 14:47, 18 NOV 2018
- Updated14:53, 18 NOV 2018
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Ant McPartlin has jetted off to foreign climes as Holly Willoughby prepares to step into his shoes on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The troubled TV presenter, who turns 43 today, has escaped the UK with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett to a mystery location.
The TV star has been taking a prolonged break from his career following his drink driving conviction back in April.
Despite hosting the Australian-set show since it first started in 2002, this year marks his first series absent from the programme.
Instead, Holly will be joining his presenting partner Declan Donnelly to host the 18th series, which kicks off on ITV tonight.
- Ant McPartlin’s wistful message to Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby as he misses I’m A Celebrity
Ant McPartlin and girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett have jetted off on holiday together
(Image: Splash News)
Ant and his former PA Anne-Marie, 42, have flown to a sunny location to enjoy some quality time as a couple.
A source told The Sun: "Ant wants to escape the spotlight and let Dec and Holly have their moment on TV.
"2019’s not easy but Ant is conscious that a lot of people will be wondering where he is and if he is watching – and that will be an unhelpful distraction.
"So he and Anne-Marie have chosen to get away from it all and have some time alone together with a bit of peace and quiet."
- Holly Willoughby wears VERY short shorts in I’m A Celebrity camp teaser
Ready for her big moment: Holly Willougby will co-host alongside Declan Donnelly
On Sunday morning, Ant tweeted from his joint Twitter account with Dec: "All the very best of luck to the little fella [email protected] for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella!! A ImACeleb Xxxxxx."
Meanwhile, Dec showed his best friend he was thinking of him on his birthday by tweeting a photo of the pair of them dressed as The Simpsons.
He wrote: "Happy birthday Homer. Love, Marge x."
Ant and Anne-Marie have been dating for around eight months as she supported him following the breakdown of his marriage to Lisa Armstrong and his problems with alcohol and prescription drugs.
Besties: Dec wished Ant a happy birthday on Sunday
Ant and Dec co-hosted last year’s series, which was won by Georgia Toffolo
- Dec’s cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I’m A Celebrity absence
Anne-Marie has two daughters with her ex-husband Scott Corbett, who she split from in October 2017.
The TV presenter was granted a decree nisi in a London court last month on the grounds of adultery.
Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist Lisa and Ant fell in love in 1990 and married in Berkshire in 2006., before splitting in January this year.
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