Ant McPartlin confirmed he is six months sober in a tweet shared on Saturday.
The embattled star was admitted to rehab earlier this year when he admitted to a drink and drug addiction before facing a charge for drink driving.
Yet now, the TV veteran was pictured with his friend Simon Hargreaves looking relaxed and happy while his pal added a caption in which he gushed about his friend and his battle – and admitted he is ‘happy and healthy’
Happy days: Ant McPartlin confirmed he is six month sober in a tweet shared on Saturday
Simon, who works in PR, was clearly delighted to see his pal’s progress as he shared the snap with the sweet caption: Long overdue catch up with my buddy of 20+ years for lunch this week. 6 months sober, annoyingly healthy looking…
‘And happier than I’ve seen him in years. Immensely proud of this lad for his strength and determination to face up to his issues and get help.’
Clearly overjoyed at the glowing praise, Ant replied to the message: ‘Thanks pal. Really appreciate it. Lovely seeing you too… It really was long overdue. #weloveagoodlunch… Hope you’re using your Jcrew tote bag!’
Ant is currently taking an extended break from all of his television commitments as he recovers from alcohol and substance abuse problems.
Moving on: Ant is currently taking an extended break from all of his television commitments as he recovers from alcohol and substance abuse problems
Holly Willoughby will fill the troubled star’s shoes alongside his sidekick Dec on the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
While the funnyman is taking time out from his TV duties, he has grown incredibly close to his new ladylove Anne-Marie Corbett.
Recently, it was claimed the comedian’s new girlfriend Anne-Marie will be named in the divorce papers with estranged wife Lisa Armstrong.
Happy days: Ant’s fortune is estimated at £62million and he and fellow presenter reportedly Dec made a whopping £29.48million before tax in 2016
The make-up artist, 41, is reportedly filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery, as the estranged couple are said to be close to coming to an agreement before they submit their papers.
A source told The Sun: ‘Ant doesn’t want to hurt Lisa — he just wants to bring it to an end as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
‘He is on the verge of accepting his adultery but only very clearly on the technical basis that he has to — while making sure Lisa agrees that it only happened months after their separation.
Tough times: Recently, it was claimed the comedian’s new girlfriend Anne-Marie will be named in the divorce papers with estranged wife Lisa Armstrong
‘These talks have been ongoing during recent days and they are bearing fruit, it was feared it would spark a battle royal between the two but they are working to put their differences to one side and an agreement is close.’
Ant and Lisa, who have known each other 23 years and tied the knot in 2006, announced they were parting ways earlier this year.
Ant’s fortune is estimated at £62million and he and fellow presenter reportedly Dec made a whopping £29.48million before tax in 2016.