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Declan Donnelly baby news bittersweet for troubled pal Ant McPartlin who always wanted kids

Ant McPartlin is said to be thrilled best pal Declan Donnelly is to become a dad – but the joy is tainted with some sadness.

Yesterday, it emerged Dec, 42, and wife Ali, 40, are expecting their first child.

However, sources close to the duo say troubled Ant is hurting because he has always wanted children himself.

He recently split from wife Lisa, 41, and is back in rehab as he faces a drink-driving charge.

Declan Donnelly baby news bittersweet for troubled pal Ant McPartlin who always wanted kids

Ant is happy for Dec but has always wanted children for himself

Ant was arrested on March 18 after a collision involving three cars in south-west London.

But a TV insider said yesterday: “Ant is thrilled for Dec and Ali but the news sparked other emotions because he has always wanted children.

“There is some heartache and it is a bittersweet moment.

“Ant has gone into rehab and has recently split from his wife Lisa, so his life is just not the same as the one Dec has right now.”

Yesterday, members of the media congratulated Dec on the baby news as he returned to his London home.

He grinned and replied simply: “Thanks”.

In 2013, Ant said he and Lisa had struggled to have children after trying for years.

Declan Donnelly baby news bittersweet for troubled pal Ant McPartlin who always wanted kids

Ant said he and Lisa had struggled to have children before eventually splitting

He told Radio Times: “Lisa and I would love to have kids.

“We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think when you get a bit older.”

ITV yesterday denied a report saying Ant and Dec would be axed from this year’s I’m a Celebrity.

Bosses have no idea if the duo will be in Australia at this stage and will make a decision at the end of the summer.

On Saturday, it was reported that an insider said Ant may need a “clear year” to get over his drink and prescription drug addiction.

Dec will return to screens this weekend when he hosts Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant for the first time in their presenting careers.

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