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“He will get better”: Family of troubled Ant McPartlin claim star will bounce back from drink-drive charge

Ant McPartlin‘s family spoke tonight for the first time about his drink-drive charge and said: “He will bounce back from this.”

The Saturday Night Takeaway host’s relative Caroline Stephenson said the speed of his descent back into rehab had been shocking.

But speaking to the Sunday People after tonight’s ITV show was scrapped, she said: “Ant will come back from this.

“He has a lot of support around him and a lot of people behind him. I think he will get better.

“You go through tough times and everyone’s behind him.”

"He will get better": Family of troubled Ant McPartlin claim star will bounce back from drink-drive charge

Ant McPartlin’s mum Christine Woodhall was with the telly star when he had his shocking crash

Caroline is married to Ant’s cousin, Lawrence McPartlin, 43.

She believes the breakdown of the 42-year-old Geordie star’s marriage to wife Lisa, 41, could be the reason for his troubles.

Talking from her home in Newcastle upon Tyne, Caroline said: “I had a ­marriage breakdown and I know it can drive you to do a few silly things so you’ve just got to hope the support that he’s got is good for him.

“He’s such a nice lad. Most ­people are behind him although I’ve seen a few posts on social ­media that aren’t that nice. It’s just hard to say.”

Caroline’s comments come days after it emerged the ­presenter had checked back into rehab having pulled out of all TV commitments ­including last night’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Ant was arrested last Sunday after a three-car crash in Richmond, West London.

He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates’ court on April 4 charged with drink-driving.

In the meantime, co-host Dec Donnelly, 42, has announced he will be presenting the final two episodes of Takeaway including a second show from Universal Studios in Orlando.

Ant, worth £60million, first went into rehab last year after becoming hooked on painkillers.

He told how he became addicted to Tramadol after botched knee surgery two years ago left him in agony.

"He will get better": Family of troubled Ant McPartlin claim star will bounce back from drink-drive charge

He also admitted drinking heavily and battling depression and anxiety.

When he checked into rehab he said he had let “a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry”.

He added: “I want to thank my wife, family and friends for helping me through this really difficult time.

“I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that ­people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper ­treatment to help their recovery.”

ITV stood by him last summer and said he could have “all the time in the world” to recover.

He was back on screen by the autumn for I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

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