Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa have had a bit of a tough time in their marriage in recent times and reports suggest that their relationship could now be ‘on the rocks’. However, Lisa claims these rumours simply aren’t true and slammed a Twitter user for judging their situation via a harsh tweet.
The pair have been married for 11 years, but first met as teenagers back in 1994 on Smash Hits. Lisa and Ant became engaged in 2006 and married a year later.
Whilst all seemed rosy in the public eye, the pair reportedly struggled to have children, therefore their relationship as a couple has been well and truly tested over the years.
Talking to The Sun on the matter, Ant said: “I would just say it’s a very private matter. We’ve struggled. Like a lot of couples do. It’s very personal.”
Fans were shocked when Ant was admitted to rehab for an addiction, which initially stemmed from the pain of a serious knee operation. In fact, his condition was so worrying that many were left wondering whether or not he would be well enough to present ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ this year.
Luckily, Ant still managed to secure the gig and his co-presenter Dec jokingly made light of the situation, asking what he had been up to over the summer.
Yet, after leaving the jungle, there were concerns as to whether Ant’s marriage to Lisa would come to an end, as their relationship had allegedly been suffering before he departed for Australia back in November.
Despite Lisa’s aim of keeping out of the limelight during this stressful time, she finally hit breaking-point and slammed a Twitter user who decided to make a harsh comment on their marriage.
The Twitter user wrote: “Can’t believe your throwing your marriage away after all them years. I’ve been addicted to codeine and unless you have been there you wouldn’t understand waking up in morning kidneys hurting for the habit to be fed educate yourself about it first (sic).”
Lisa hit back and replied: “Educate yourself first love and get your facts rights. You don’t know!! Sorry for your pain x”
The Twitter user didn’t end things there, by replying with another tweet to suggest that they were simply trying to ‘help’ matters.
“No one wants a marriage to fail especially after 11 years. I wish them both the luck in the world and hope they can sort out all there [sic] differences and move on.” they wrote.
Followers and supporters of Lisa jumped to her defence and tweeted messages of support for all the grief she had encountered since rumours of their ‘failed marriage’ broke.
“It’s only yours & Ants business why you have both decided this is your only option.” one Tweeter posted.
“Only you and Ant know what’s going on with your marriage. I really hope it works out for you both.” another messaged.
Whilst another also wrote: “Lisa please look after yourself. Ignore these people. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Keep strong. Sending love.”
The rumours first began when a source close to the pair told The Sun that Lisa had decided to call it quits on the marriage: “She has told several friends the marriage is over.” the source said.
Another source also told The Sun: “She has told several friends their marriage is definitely over and that she is considering meeting lawyers to discuss things.
“But on other days she has been more confident they can fix things. She desperately wants it to work out.”
Before Ant entered the jungle, it was claimed that the couple had been living apart in order to try and work things out, with a source adding that Dec had been a huge help in giving his best friend the necessary support.
The insider said: “Dec has been acting as go-between and has been helping Ant a lot.”
Lisa also went on to slam Twitter users who presumed she had refused to fly out to Australia as the marriage was in crisis – when the real reason she didn’t spend time in Oz was because she had committed to a job working on Strictly Come Dancing as a make-up artist.
According to The Sun Online, a source close to the pair stated that Lisa tried to push her personal issues aside when working on Strictly: “She’s had a rough year. And she’s made it clear it’s because of Ant.” they said. “They’ve hardly been seen in public together since he came back from rehab a month ago.”
“Lisa has really thrown herself into work at Strictly. She’s having lots of banter with the stars. But Ant isn’t mentioned much.”
In a separate tweet, Lisa wrote: “Write what you want. Haven’t been to Oz for ten years. I have a job. All a load of made-up [rubbish].”
Ant also told The Sun how grateful he is for the incredible support he’s received from his wife during his lowest points and although the marriage has been put under a great deal of strain, they’re now stronger than ever.
“I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you. I’m very sorry about the effect it has on partners.” he said. “In hindsight, I should have mentioned it earlier but you’re embarrassed about it.”
When asked about whether his marriage had suffered as a consequence of his actions, Ant said to The Sun: “All I can say at the moment is that she’s been amazing — fantastic throughout. And we’re good. I was desperately worried about Lisa in rehab.
“But they start introducing phone calls after a few weeks. This is something that I’ve gone through, I’ve done it. I’ve stuck to it. I’m proud of doing it. There’s a very positive outcome which is great.”
“Lisa has gone back to work. She’s got all the pre-filming for Strictly next week. She’s been very supportive. As has Dec. Time will tell (in relation to whether his marriage will work out). It’s very personal, isn’t it.”