Declan Donnelly was snapped taking a leisurely stroll with his wife Ali Astall and their baby daughter Isla on Sunday, ahead of his first appearance on the new season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Enjoying his last full day off before embarking on three weeks of daily presenting with temporary co-host Holly Willoughby, Dec, 43, looked relaxed in a black polo shirt and khaki shorts, as he pushed three-month-old Isla in her pram alongside his wife.
Ali, 41, kept things casual in jeans and a white tee, with her blonde locks swept back and a pair of shades protecting her from the sunshine.
Day off: Declan Donnelly was snapped taking a leisurely stroll with his wife Ali Astall and their baby daughter Isla on Sunday, ahead of his first appearance on the new season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
This appearance comes as his usual presenting partner, Ant McPartlin, along with his girlfriend Anne Marie Corbett, jetted off on holiday, amid the return of the show.
The pair are said to have flown off to be alone, away from the hoopla, to enjoy some winter sunshine and celebrate Ant’s 43rd birthday, while Dec continues to front the show with Ant’s stand-in Holly.
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A source said, according to The Sun: ‘Ant wants to escape the spotlight and let Dec and Holly have their moment on TV. This is all going to be a little odd for everybody — Dec because he’s not with Ant, Holly because she’s stepping in and Ant because he’s missing for the first time.’
‘It’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.
Get him out of there! Ant McPartlin and his girlfriend Anne Marie Corbett have reportedly jetted off on holiday, amid the return of I’m A Celebrity
Down time: Enjoying his last full day off before embarking on three weeks of daily presenting with temporary co-host Holly Willoughby, Dec, 43, looked relaxed
Sunday stroll: Dec was in a black polo shirt and khaki shorts, as he pushed three-month-old Isla in her pram alongside his wife
‘Ant will obviously miss it, but he hopes Holly does really well. They’re all friends and he’s certain she’ll be great – he’ll be rooting for them all.’
Meanwhile, Dec took to Instagram on Sunday to honour his pal’s birthday, uploading a shot of the pair of them dressed as Homer and Marge Simpson.
He captioned the shot: ‘Happy Birthday Homer. Love, Marge x’
Shortly after this post, two new shots of Dec and Holly, 37, sharing a laugh in the I’m A Celeb camp were uploaded, looking to be enjoying their time as co-hosts.
The celebrities are anxiously gearing up for three weeks of creepy crawlies, basic rations and adrenaline-fuelled bushtucker trials over in Australia.
Chic: Ali, 41, kept things casual in jeans and a white tee
Casual: She wore her blonde locks swept back and a pair of shades protecting her from the sunshine
And Holly and Dec were seen watching the new campmates compete in a bushland lake challenge near Byron Bay in Australia on Saturday.
The This Morning presenter and Dec got a fit of the giggles as they witnessed the yellow team capsize their canoe within moments of the race starting.
During the nail-biting task, contestants were split into two teams, competing in a race to the middle of the lake to obtain a flag.
The team then had to try to get their team, with their canoe, to the shore.
Holly and Dec looked on as the yellow team- consisting of Emily Atack, Fleur East, Anne Hegerty, Rita Simons and James McVey- struggled within minutes of the task starting.
Tonight’s the night: The celebrities are anxiously gearing up for three weeks of creepy crawlies, basic rations and adrenaline-fuelled bushtucker trials over in Australia
A source said: ‘Ant wants to escape the spotlight and let Dec and Holly have their moment on TV. This is all going to be a little odd for everybody — Dec because he’s not with Ant, Holly because she’s stepping in and Ant because he’s missing for the first time’
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Pals: Meanwhile, Dec took to Instagram on Sunday to honour his pal’s birthday, uploading a shot of the pair of them dressed as Homer and Marge Simpson
After launching themselves into the water, the group capsized their canoe, causing the presenting duo to burst into laughter.
Meanwhile the red team – Malique Thompson-Dwyer, John Barrowman, Harry Redknapp, Nick Knowles and Sair Khangot off to a stronger start- but appeared to have difficulty getting the canoe onto dry land.
It is thought the two teams went head-to-head to compete for food for the two separate camps, but viewers will have to tune into Sunday’s launch to find out who was victorious.
Dec and Holly will host the show, after Ant stepped down from all his TV commitments earlier this year following a stint in rehab, divorce and hefty drink-driving fine.
Stand in: Holly is filling in for Ant as he sits this year’s season out, due to his personal struggles
Jungle Jane: On Wednesday, Holly filmed herself in the Australian jungle ahead of Sunday’s first show, for a segment on This Morning
On Wednesday, Holly filmed herself in the Australian jungle ahead of Sunday’s first show, for a segment on This Morning.
The star admitted she was already freaked out by the wildlife as she said: ‘Hi Phil, hi Rochelle, it’s only me in the Australian jungle.’
She added: ‘I’ve arrived safe and sound, I’m settling into my new home. It’s amazing here! It’s so beautiful. For somebody that’s not that brilliant with nature, I’m sort of fitting in OK.
Watching on: The This Morning presenter, 37, and Dec, 43, got a fit of the giggles as they witnessed the yellow team capsize their canoe within moments of the race starting
‘I’ve seen a spider. It was only a little one, but it was a real-life spider. I’m lifting up toilet seats wherever I go. I’m checking inside my shoes. Yet to see a snake.’
‘We’ve done a few sort of rehearsal-y bits. I’ve done a Bushtucker Trial. Well, I haven’t done it, but I’ve watched one.’
Holly went on: ‘So I’ve seen crocodiles and stuff. Something’s just landed on my arm – eek!
‘There’s things that land on you everywhere. They have flies that bite. Everything bites.’
I’m A Celebrity kicks off on Sunday 18 November at 9pm on ITV.
I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2018: WHO ARE THE CELEBRITIES?
Occupation: Comedy actress
Claim to fame: Emily rose to fame on The Inbetweeners as Will McKenzie’s love interest Charlotte Hinchcliffe. She was recently dragged into the scandalous Seann Walsh headlines when historic pictures of her and the funnyman emerged amid claims they had a secret fling years ago.
Occupation: Football manager
Claim to fame: Harry has managed several football clubs, with his most famous being Portsmouth where his side won the 2008 FA Cup and Tottenham Hotspur. He also has quite the famous family with his footballer son Jamie Redknapp and fellow footballer nephew Frank Lampard.
Claim to fame: John is a famous actor known for his roles in Doctor Who, Torchwood and Desperate Housewives – to name a few. He has also appeared in several Broadway and West End shows, including Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera. John has also released three compilation albums.
Claim to fame: Fleur rose to fame on The X Factor in 2014 where she finished as a runner-up. During her time on the competition, she became the first contestant to reach number one with her energetic performance of Uptown Funk. The talented songstress went on to release her hit single, Sax, which reached number three in the UK charts.
Occupation: TV’s The Governess
Claim to fame: Anne has made a name for herself as a television quiz personality on The Chase, where she is nicknamed ‘The Governess’. She also hosts her own game show, Britain’s Brightest Family.
Claim to fame: Sair stars as Alya Nazir in Coronation Street and joined the cobbles in 2014. The actress will be following in the footsteps of her co-star Jennie McAlpine, who appeared on the 2017 series.
Occupation: TV presenter
Claim to fame: Nick rose to fame on DIY SOS in 1999, which he still presents now. The television presenter has also hosted Who Dares Wins and 5-Star Family Reunion.
Claim to fame: Rita rose to fame in EastEnders as Roxy Mitchell, first stepping foot in Walford in 2007. The actress’ character was sensationally killed off in a dramatic New Year’s Day episode in 2017, where she and her on-screen sister Ronnie tragically drowned in a swimming pool accident. Rita’s uncle is Billionaire businessman Lord Sugar.
Claim to fame: James is lead guitar and vocals in the British band, The Vamps, formed in 2012. The four-piece boy band have toured with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.
Claim to fame: Malique currently stars as Prince McQueen in Hollyoaks and joined the soap in 2016. The actor is following in the footsteps of his co-star Jamie Lomas, who appeared on the 2017 series