Ant McPartlin has revealed that he almost died during his fight with painkiller addiction.
The TV presenter, 41, opened up to The Sun about one of his lowest points during the two-year battle, admitting that doctors told him ‘you could have killed yourself.’
After consuming a mixture of tramadol, morphine and alcohol, he explained how he had to beg wife Lisa, 40, to call an ambulance to rush him to hospital.
‘It was five in the morning and I was screaming in pain so I rang Lisa,’ Ant recalled of the harrowing moment.
‘She was upstairs because I was living in the living room because I couldn’t get around.
‘I said, “You’re going to have to call me an ambulance. I’m in a bad way”,’ he admitted, detailing that he was at the point of having ‘insane’ hallucinations in the midst of the severe pain.
Ant pictured with wife Lisa in May 2017
Ant gave the exclusive interview after spending two months in a rehab facility, which he checked himself into in June.
In a statement released to the same paper at the time, he said: ‘The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.’
He explained that he’d spoken out because he wanted to encourage others going through a similar experience. ‘I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time,’ he concluded.
During his latest interview with The Sun, Ant confirmed that the process had put pressure on his relationship with Lisa, who is head of the make-up team at Strictly Come Dancing, but added that she’s been ‘fantastic throughout.’
‘She’s been very supportive. As has [presenting partner] Dec,’ he said. ‘Time will tell (about the marriage). It’s very personal, isn’t it.’