Ant McPartlin separates from his wife of 11 years  

Ant McPartlin has separated from his wife of 11 years  Credit: PA

TV presenter Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa are to split after 11 years of marriage.

The 42-year-old - one half of TV duo Ant and Dec - announced the news on Saturday night after months of rumours regarding the couple's relationship.

A statement issued by McPartlin's representative said: "In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after eleven years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.

"Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families.

"No further statement will be made."

Ant McParlin and Lisa Armstrong after their wedding in 2006  Credit: PA

McPartlin tied the knot with make-up artist Lisa Armstrong in 2006 at a star-studded ceremony at St Nicholas' Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

The couple met at a roadshow in Newcastle in the mid-1990s while Lisa was an aspiring pop star in Deuce. He has often spoken of their struggle to have children.

Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly  Credit: PA

Last year McPartlin entered rehab after struggling with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

“I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry,” he told the Sun on Sunday in June.

“I want to thank my wife, family and closest 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.”