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Ant McPartlin’s estranged dad, who left him age 10, spotted amid rehab stint

Ray McPartlin, who walked out on wife Christine Woodhall and their family when Ant McPartlin was just ten years old, has been pictured for the first time.

In pictures obtained by Daily Mail, the 63-year-old was seen out and about in Newcastle as his son heads back to rehab after being arrested for drink driving.

It has been revealed that Ray is earning ยฃ15-an-hour by working as a heating engineer.

This contrasts to Declan Donnelly‘s TV partner Ant, who is reportedly worth a huge ยฃ62 million.

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ABANDONED: Ant’s dad Ray walked out on his family when the star was aged just 10

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CLOSE: Ant was raised by his mum Christine who he is still close to

โ€œI don’t think Ant has ever forgiven his dad for leaving him all those years agoโ€

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Ray is also said to be living in a modest two-bedroom council property in an estate in the city with his partner Sheila Taylor.

Reports claim he has barely spoken to Ant since he left him, his mother and his two sisters Emma and Sarha, while Ant was still at school.

Meanwhile Ant’s mother Christine has been by his side throughout his battles.

She even moved into his ยฃ2million mansion in London’s Chiswick when he came out of rehab last summer for addiction to super-strong painkillers.

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SUPPORTIVE: Ant is also still close with his two sisters Ant McPartlin sisters Emma and Sarha

Christine brought up Ant and his sisters, who he is still close to, as a single mother after divorcing Ray, who remarried.

Ray briefly tried to make things up with Ant when he married Lisa Armstrong in 2006.

However, the Saturday Night Takeaway star reportedly ignored his efforts to repair relations.

A source said: “Ray and Ant haven’t spoken properly in years. Ray is very proud of his son and everything he has gone on to achieve. But their relationship has been strained for a long time.

Ant McPartlinFLYNET/SPLASH NEWS

TROUBLES: Ant is heading back to rehab after being arrested for drink driving

“I don’t think Ant has ever forgiven his dad for leaving him all those years ago and they are not close.”

The insider continued telling MailOnline: “Ray did try to reach out to Ant before his wedding, but I don’t think Ant was interested in repairing the relationship with him. Too much has gone on.

“Ant and his father lead very different lives. Ant’s down in London and has done very well for himself and Ray is up here. He works hard, but he doesn’t earn very much money.”

Ray reportedly refused to speak out about Ant’s troubles and their relationship when approached this week.

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