Dec was “incredibly angry” with Ant during their hiatus –

Dec was “incredibly angry” with Ant during their hiatus –

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! co-host Declan Donnelly has admitted that Ant McPartlin’s behaviour prior to their hiatus left him feeling “incredibly angry”.

Fans of the hugely popular Geordies will know that Ant took a step out of the limelight last year, moving away from his TV commitments after a high-profile drink-driving charge.

But with his long-time best friend struggling with addictions, Dec was left upset that he didn’t reach out to him for help.

Ant and Dec's DNA Journey

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Related: Declan Donnelly admits he considered split from Ant McPartlin after “indefensible” drink-driving incident

In the forthcoming two-part documentary Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, Dec reflects: “It has been a tough couple of years and it has tested the bond we have shared since we were 13 years old. I was incredibly angry at the start, so angry.

“Disappointed that he didn’t ever come to me and say, ‘I am struggling, I need you’, because that is what I would do if the shoe was on the other foot. And he never came to me and that hurt me a lot.”

Ant and Dec's DNA Journey

Kieron McCarronITV

Did he worry about their partnership ending forever? Dec adds: “There was a point where I thought that that was it. There were times where I wasn’t sure it was going to survive.

“Times where you didn’t know it needed to survive or you wanted it to survive.”

A world without these two working together? It just doesn’t seem possible.

Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey airs Sunday, November 10 and the following night on ITV.

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