Ant McPartlin granted divorce from Lisa Armstrong

Ant McPartlin granted divorce from Lisa Armstrong

The NTA longlist was announced as it emerged that McPartlin and estranged wife Lisa Armstrong's divorce is listed to be heard by a judge at the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday.

In a statement issued at the time, a representative said: "In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin". The couple met as aspiring popstars in Ant's native Newcastle, England in 1990 and had been a couple for 24 years.

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong have been married 11 years. They have no children.

The pair will now have to wait six weeks to officially part ways following the granting of a decree nisi by Judge Alun Jenkins.

The presenter, who has been partnered on-screen with real-life best friend Declan Donnelly for almost 25 years, announced he would reduce his TV commitments. In April of this year, he was banned from driving for over 20 months and fined £86,000 for driving while being over twice the legal limit.

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Together Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have hosted some of the UK's top-rated TV shows, including "SMTV Live", "CDUK", "Friends Like These", "Pop Idol", "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take Away", "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!", "Pokerface", "Push the Button", "Britain's Got Talent", "Red or Black and Text Santa".

In August 2017, Ant entered rehab for his drink and prescription drug addiction, following a botched knee operation in 2015.

Not longer after, Ant - whom Anne-Marie has appeared in public with more regularly recently after reportedly striking up a romantic relationship in June this year - was granted divorce from Lisa, with forms stating it was granted on the grounds of "adultery".

Ant McPartlin could scoop best TV presenter at the National Television Awards despite taking a step away from the small screen.

In the longlist, released on Monday, Ant and Dec were named in the TV Presenter and the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award categories.

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