TV host Ant McPartlin has confirmed he has been sober for six months after he was charged with drink-driving in March.
The Saturday Night Takeaway host checked into rehab following the crash, which left a four-year-old needing hospital treatment.
He pleaded guilty in April to drink-driving after it was found he was over twice the legal limit at the time of the incident.
However in a tweet, McPartlin’s friend Simon Hargraeves revealed he had recently met up with the star and that he was now six months sober.
Long overdue catch up with my buddy of 20+ years for lunch this week. 6 months sober, annoyingly healthy looking, and happier than I’ve seen him in years. Immensely proud of this lad for his strength and determination to face up to his issues and get help. @antanddec pic.twitter.com/iBZdESbtUS
— Simon Hargreaves (@AGentPublicity) September 22, 2018
“Immensely proud of this lad for his strength and determination to face up to his issues and get help,” Hargreaves wrote.
McPartlin later shared the tweet via the official Ant and Dec Twitter account, which saw fans congratulate the presenter on his progress.
— antanddec (@antanddec) September 22, 2018
Six months sober - you are doing so well - just think of the Phoenix that rises from the ashes stronger and better - good idea for a tattoo to remind yourself. You have a lot of supporters Ant so onwards and upwards xxxxx
— Sharon Phizacklea (@lizzy2207) September 23, 2018
So proud of you Ant! You keep going from strength to strength and it’s a beautiful thing to see. You’re gorgeous❤️❤️
— Rebecca (@rebeccaboo39) September 22, 2018
6 months Ant, that's fantastic, well done , keep kicking ass 👌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤
— Susie Dunn #pusb (@susie351975) September 22, 2018
6 months sober, Well done Ant! Stay strong! 👍
— Lee Wilson (@leewilson192) September 22, 2018
McPartlin announced in August that he would take a break from presenting until 2019.
Holly Willoughby will replace McPartlin for the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, taking her place alongside McPartlin’s regular co-host, Declan Donnelly.