Declan Donnelly thanks fans after Ant McPartlin speaks out on depression from rehab

Declan Donnelly has spoken out to thank fans after his television partner Ant McPartlin revealed his battle with depression and addiction ahead of entering rehab.

Yesterday, it emerged that McPartlin had entered rehab for treatment for anxiety and prescription drug and alcohol abuse. Now, his lifelong friend and entertainment partner Dec has issued a statement via Twitter.

“Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella,” he said. “He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated. DD xx”

Meanwhile, Ant’s wife Lisa added: “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.”

The 41-year-old ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ star said that he wanted to open up about his demons in order to inspire others to seek help.

“The first step is to admit to yourself you need help,” he said. “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.

“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time. I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.”

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Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec

A spokesman from mental health charity CALM told NME: “If you’re struggling, tell someone you trust. Someone you know who will listen and take you seriously, and don’t worry about how it comes out. ‘I feel shit’ will do to start things off. This first step of talking about it can be the hardest, but the overwhelming majority of people we speak to say it was a relief to let somebody else know and they got a really positive response.”