Ant McPartlin in Rehab to Treat Painkiller Addiction

Chiswick-based celebrity 'suffering from depression' after botched knee operation

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Ant McPartlin, the much loved television presenter is reportedly to spend at least two months in a clinic for treatment after developing a dependence on painkillers.

The Sun on Sunday says that the 41-year-old became addicted to Tramadol after complications following a knee operation.

Ant at the Chiswick Dog Show

In a statement to the newspaper, Ant said, 'The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I’ve let people down. I’m truly sorry. I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I’m truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.

'I have spoken out because I think it is important that people ask for help if they are going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.'

It is understood that after a cartilage operation two years ago he developed a fracture in his knee which ultimately caused his patella to dislocate leaving him in constant agony and needing to wear a knee brace.

Last week he had another operation in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is not where the original surgery took place. It is reported that he will spend six weeks in a wheelchair as a result.

The other half of their presenting partnership, Declan Donnelly, has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support.


Ant didn’t have any TV commitments in the forthcoming months and it is planned that he will return to our screens in the autumn.

The hugely popular entertainer is likely to have the best wishes for a quick recovery from people in Chiswick as he has always treated them with charm and decency.

June 18, 2017


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