Ant and Dec discuss the ‘solid foundation’ of their 30-year friendship

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They have been friends for over 30 years, and their partnership began when they met on the set of children’s drama Byker Grove in 1989.

And Ant and Dec have admitted they’ve never been more grateful for their historic partnership than they are now, after a “short break” cast doubt on their famous couple.

In a joint interview with The times Magazine ahead of Sunday’s BAFTA Television awards, the couple, both 45, reflected on their friendship and reunion following Ant’s arrest for drink-driving in 2018.

TV Gold: Ant and Dec have admitted they've never been more grateful for their historic partnership than they are now, after a 'short break' cast doubt on their famous pairing

TV Gold: Ant and Dec have admitted they’ve never been more grateful for their historic partnership than they are now, after a ‘short break’ cast doubt on their famous pairing

While discussing how neither has plans to go their separate ways, Ant noted that some TV partnerships fail, as he said, “A lot of double acts only last for a set amount of time and are very short-lived. ‘

While in response to the suggestion that it’s because they secretly hate each other, Dec commented that this “disappoints” him.

He continued, “I think the difference with us is a professional relationship based on friendship, not a friendship based on a professional relationship. It is primarily friendship. That’s a solid foundation.’

Old Friends: The presenting duo have been friends for over 30 years, and their partnership began when they met on the set of children's drama Byker Grove in 1989 (pictured in 1995)

Old Friends: The presenting duo have been friends for over 30 years, and their partnership began when they met on the set of children's drama Byker Grove in 1989 (pictured in 1995)

Old Friends: The presenting duo have been friends for over 30 years, and their partnership began when they met on the set of children’s drama Byker Grove in 1989 (pictured in 1995)

Indeed, the pair have survived a lot in their three-decade friendship, most notably their breakup as a duo after Ant stepped down from all TV duties in 2018 following his conviction for drink-driving.

Commenting that he’s more ‘thankful’ for still doing what he does, Ant explained: ‘You know, we had a career break a few years ago and then got back together. We are so much more grateful for everything.”

He added that it is a “miracle” that he is still allowed to work with his best friend.

Double act: Leading up to Sunday’s BAFTA Television awards, the pair reflected on their friendship, noting that “many double acts are short-lived” (pictured on The One Show)

He said, “I think the difference between us is a professional relationship based on friendship, not a friendship based on a professional relationship.  It is primarily friendship'

He said, “I think the difference between us is a professional relationship based on friendship, not a friendship based on a professional relationship.  It is primarily friendship'

He said, “I think the difference between us is a professional relationship based on friendship, not a friendship based on a professional relationship. It is primarily friendship

In recent days, the couple has been stronger than ever and continued to host their beloved shows as they went through many changes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Notably their award-winning show Saturday Night Takeaway, which returned to screens, albeit with a virtual audience and strict restrictions.

Dec shared how the couple had wondered if the show could even get on the air, noting that the amount of planning that went into it was “intense.”

He added that when they finally walked out on stage on the first night it was “overwhelming”, with Ant noting that they were “emotional”.

'Miracle': 'You know, we had a career break a few years ago and then got back together.  We are so much more grateful for everything'

'Miracle': 'You know, we had a career break a few years ago and then got back together.  We are so much more grateful for everything'

‘Miracle’: ‘You know, we had a career break a few years ago and then got back together. We are so much more grateful for everything’

Finally: Dec said when they finally walked out on stage on the first night of Saturday Night Takeaway this year, it was “overwhelming,” with Ant noting that they were “emotional.”

Elsewhere, outside of his professional career, Ant has been reported to be marrying fiancé Anne-Marie Corbett in August in a quiet ceremony.

According to reports from The sun on Saturday, Anne-Marie has already gone to try on a dress, but the couple has only informed the attendees of when and where it will take place, as they want to keep details a secret.

A source speaks claimed to the publication: ‘None of them want the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding. They just want to have their near and dear ones with them.

Wedding bells: Ant and Anne-Marie 'set to get married in August in a peaceful ceremony', it was reported last month (pictured in 2019)

Wedding bells: Ant and Anne-Marie 'set to get married in August in a peaceful ceremony', it was reported last month (pictured in 2019)

Wedding bells: Ant and Anne-Marie ‘set to get married in August in a peaceful ceremony’, it was reported last month (pictured in 2019)

“It will be a simple but beautiful ceremony, without the glare of the spotlight. They are both very excited and can’t wait to tie the knot.

“But they’re desperate to keep things under control. Those in the know have been told it’s top secret.

MailOnline has reached out to Ant’s representatives for further comment.

Ant’s engagement to Anne-Marie was announced on New Year’s Eve after he asked the question in a romantic Christmas Eve proposal.

The presenter is thought to have paid up to £200,000 for the ring after designing the piece himself.

Secret: The couple only informed those who attended the wedding about when and where it will take place, sources say (photo 2018)

Secret: The couple has only informed those attending the wedding of when and where it will take place, sources say (photo 2018)

Secret: The couple only informed those who attended the wedding about when and where it will take place, sources say (photo 2018)

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