Ant McPartlin
Ant McPartlin took time away from the spotlight (Picture: Rex)

Ant McPartlin has said he is ‘more grateful for everything’ after he took a ‘break’ from the spotlight in 2018 after being arrested for drink-driving.

The television presenter and his co-star Declan Donnelly took time off so Ant could address alcohol issues.

The Geordie star crashed his car, leaving a child needing medical attention, and he stepped away from presenting while he lost his driving licence for 15 months.

He was fined £85,000 after admitting he was more than twice the legal drink driving limit.

Ant told The Times: ‘You know, we had a bit of a break in our career a couple of years ago and then got back together.

‘We’re so much more grateful for everything.’

After returning to his roles alongside his co-star Dec, Ant is reportedly set to wed fiancee Anne-Marie Corbett in an intimate ceremony this summer after they got engaged on Christmas Eve last year.

Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly
Ant and Dec took time out from work in 2018 so Ant could get his health back (Picture: ITV/REX)

The couple are said to be keen to avoid ‘the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding’ and hope to say ‘I do’ in front of a small gathering of 30 friends and family.

A source told The Sun: ‘Neither of them want the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding. They just want their nearest and dearest with them.

‘It will be a simple but beautiful ceremony, without the glare of the spotlight.’

They added that Ant and Anne-Marie are ‘extremely excited’ but ‘want to keep a lid’ on the details, and those who have been told about their plans have been sworn to secrecy.

Anne-Marie has also apparently been for her dress fitting.

It will be the second marriage for the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! presenter who was previously married to Lisa Armstrong for 11 years. They split in January 2018.

Ant and Anne-Marie struck up a romance a few months after and his rep confirmed the engagement at the start of the year.

They told Metro.co.uk: ‘Ant and Amzie are delighted to announce their engagement. The proposal took place on Christmas Eve at home in a very romantic setting.’

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