Who is Ant McPartlin’s dad Raymond and what happened between them?.

One half of the dynamic presenting duo Ant McPartlin will have all fans buzzing when he returns to present the 2019 edition of I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here!

The 43-year-old missed last year's show due to illness but will back this year to present with best friend Declan Donnelly.

But recently Ant has hit the headlines with regarding his relationship with his father. Read on to find out more.

 Ant has been presenting alongside his best friend Dec since 1998

Ant has been presenting alongside his best friend Dec since 1998Credit: PA:Press Association

Who is Ant McPartlin’s dad?

Ant's dad is Raymond McPartlin, a 64-year-old plumber who lives on Tyneside with his partner Sheila Taylor.

He used to work as a publican whilst he was married to Ant's mum Christine Woodhall.

Ant revealed he had not seen his Dad since 1985, but reached out whilst he was fighting to overcome his alcohol and prescription drug addiction.

 Ant and Dec have won a plethora of awards together and show no signs of stopping anytime soon

Ant and Dec have won a plethora of awards together and show no signs of stopping anytime soonCredit: PA:Press Association

What happened between the two?

Ant and his father hadn't spoken for over 32 years after the latter walked out on his son and the rest of the family when he was just ten.

However, the TV star admitted in his documentary Ant and Dec's DNA Journey, that he made the decision to contact his father because "life's too short" to continue not speaking.

The Geordie said: "I haven’t seen him for a long while now. We didn’t speak for quite a while… but last year we started texting each other and I spoke to him on the phone for my birthday, which was lovely.

He continued: To be fair, life is too short. There is no point holding grudges or anything like that. You get to that age… I turned 40 and I just thought let’s stop messing about, let’s get in touch because you never know what’s going to happen."

 Ant and Dec will present the 19th series of I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here! later this month

Ant and Dec will present the 19th series of I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here! later this monthCredit: Rex Features

What is their relationship like now?

Whilst speaking with Guardian's weekly magazine earlier this year, Ant stated he would attempt to get back in contact with his father.

My dad and I didn’t speak for a long time, but we’re talking again now, which is great," he said.

When asked what his dad was like he said: “He’s good, he’s funny. I’m slowly getting to know him again.

"He’s a proud man, a worker, a plumber. I’m thrilled that I’m back in touch.”

 Ant and Dec's new documentary will be airing this weekend on ITV

Ant and Dec's new documentary will be airing this weekend on ITVCredit: ITV

Catch Ant back in the Australian jungle with his best pal Dec on I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here!, starting Sunday 17th November at 9pm on ITV.

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