Ant McPartlin broke his silence about his reconciliation with his estranged father Ray after the two men had been separated for years.
The TV presenter, 43, claimed that at 40, he decided that & # 39; life was too short & # 39; not to reach his absent father, who left when he was a child.
Ant frankly discussed his relationship with his father while filming for his new show with his best friend Declan Donnelly, the DNA journey of Ant & Dec.
Speaking: Ant McPartlin broke his silence about his reconciliation with his estranged father Ray after the two men had been separated for years
During the program, Ant reveals: & # 39; My father left the family when I was about 10 and I have sporadically seen him over the years.
& # 39; I haven't seen him in a long time. We haven't spoken for a long time … but last year we started texting each other & and I talked to him on the phone for my birthday, which was great.
# To be honest, life is too short. It makes no sense to hold on to resentment or something like that. You come at that age … I turned 40 and I just thought we should stop messing around, let's get in touch with you because you never know what's going to happen. & # 39;
Furthermore: The TV presenter, 43, claimed that when he was 40, he decided that & # 39; life was too short & # 39; not to reach his absent father (photo), who left when he was a child
Ant started talking about his relationship with his father while filming at his mother's house in his native Newcastle, and even joking with her and his two sisters, Emma and Sarha, when does daddy come?
Ant was raised by his mother Christine Woodall after his father left and remarried, but the father and son reconciled their relationship in 2017.
Elsewhere in the show, Declan spoke about the impact of Ant & # 39; s addiction battle on their 31-year friendship.
The television presenter, 44, admitted that he thought he had lost his best friend forever & # 39; when Ant was arrested last year for a conviction for drunk driving.
Hurt: Elsewhere in the show, Declan spoke about the impact of Ant's addiction struggle on their 31-year friendship (pictured Tuesday)
Dec, speaking on their ITV documentary, said: & # 39; It has been a difficult few years and it has tested the band that we have shared since we were 13. & # 39;
Dec added: & # 39; I was incredibly angry at first, so angry. Disappointed that he never came to me and said, "I'm having trouble, I need you," because that's what I'd do if the shoe were on the other foot. And he never came to me and that hurt me a lot. & # 39;
The ITV documentary was stopped for two years, while Ant took a break to combat his addiction to alcohol and medicines. He admitted himself to rehabilitation for further treatment.
During this time, Dec admitted that he & # 39; filled with fear & # 39; was at the thought that he no longer had Ant by his side.
Anxiety: the television presenter, 44, admitted that he thought he had lost Ant forever & # 39; when the star put himself in rehab after he was arrested last year for a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol
Difficult: in their ITV documentary Ant & Dec & # 39; s DNA Journey, Dec said: & # 39; It has been a difficult year and it has tested the band that we have shared since we were 13 & # 39;
Troubled: Ant was banned from driving for 20 months and was fined £ 86,000 – the highest punishment ever in Britain for drunk driving after pleading guilty of the violation last March
& # 39; There was a point where I thought it was, & # 39; said Dec. & # 39; There were times when I wasn't sure if it would survive.
& # 39; Times you didn't know it was supposed to survive or you wanted it to survive.
& # 39; All the while he was gone, I wasn't sure where his head was or whether he was going to say "this is not for me".
Postponed: the ITV documentary was stopped for two years, while Ant took his break from the spotlight to combat his addiction to alcohol and medicines
& # 39; I didn't know what he wanted to do and for the first time in 30 years I had to think about what I was going to do and whether I would go out alone.
& # 39; The thought of that filled me with fear. & # 39;
After a long period away from the spotlight, Ant returned to the television, where he organized the UK & # 39; s Got Talent series this year and will return to the Australian jungle for I am A Celebrity … Get me out of here! later this month.
Eng: During this time, Dec admitted that he & # 39; filled with fear & # 39; was at the thought that he no longer had Ant by his side
But Dec says he finally came to terms with the possibility that Ant could have stepped out of the spotlight forever, because he just wants his friend & # 39; happy & # 39 ;.
He said: & finally you realize that all those feelings are a bit selfish because they are all about you and what about what he went through and the accident he felt and how he must have felt in that situation, And that's when I became very sad and very sympathetic.
& # 39; Because he was in those depths of despair, he must have been so unhappy. And that is where ultimately the care and compassion that you have for that person takes precedence over everything and you just want them to get better and get support for them.
Dear friends: Ant and Dec have been friends for more than 31 years after the first meeting on the set of Byker Grove (photo 1998)
& # 39; More than anything, I just wanted to be happy. & # 39;
Ant, 43, also touches his struggles in the documentary; & # 39; the last couple of years have been pretty emotional, hard, they've tested, I'd say in terms of how strong your love is and how strong your friendship is. & # 39;
Ant & Dec & # 39; s DNA Journey will be on ITV on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November at 9 p.m.
Rich in history: the first episode of the series is broadcast on Saturday, where Ant discovers that he had a great-grandfather who was a war hero
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