Ant McPartlin admits he could have died following two-year drug battle

Ant McPartlin admits he could have died following two-year drug battle

The 41-year-old TV presenter revealed in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that he suffered psychosis due to the cocktail of medication he was taking.

He told the paper: "I was at the point where anything - prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs - I would take".

"It was never insane - I wouldn't wake up in the morning and have a drink". He pleaded with his wife, make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, to take him to hospital after a night bingeing on tramadol, morphine and alcohol.

"The first step is to admit to yourself you need help", he said.

Earlier this month Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell told The Sun: 'When someone has the courage to own it, deal with it, made a public statement, we would a million per cent support him.

And now one half of well-loved TV duo has admitted he was left "screaming in pain" after "an insane drug binge" almost killed him.

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Lisa, 40, is a former dancer who met her husband at a Smash Hits concert 25 years ago - when Ant and Dec were PJ & Duncan.

Speaking to the newspaper, he explained: "Initially I was prescribed co-codamol, codeine, the normal stuff you would get, and then a lot of opium-based stuff".

Ant said he would go for it first as it would make the pain disappear and "kind of numb it". But then we found my pain had been caused by a hole in my knee bone - it was shot.

McPartlin added how he didn't realise his addiction was a problem and, despite warnings from a doctor, kept taking the medication while drinking alcohol.

He admitted: 'And I drank with them, which was stupid and very reckless'.

'I was depressed through the whole thing because I was in pain and immobile'. "That's the danger - self-medicating".

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"I took a load of stuff that day just to get through the day".

Following his release from rehab, Ant McPartlin has spoken of the sheer relief of admitting to his problems and getting help.

Ant is now fully expected to join Dec when I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here returns to screens in the autumn.

'And they've been brilliant throughout'.

When initially entering the facility, McPartlin revealed he suffers from anxiety over fears he can not conceive a child with wife Lisa.

He continued: "I was insane".

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