Ant McPartlin shared his desire to be a father over a decade before ‘confirming’ wife Anne-Marie Corbett was pregnant with his first child.
The TV host, 48, previously revealed his and now ex-wife Lisa Armstrong’s ‘tough’ battle to conceive in a candid 2013 interview.
Ant and Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist Lisa were married in 2006 and tried for a baby for several years, before divorcing in 2018 without any children.
He told Radio Times in 2013: ‘There’s a rumour that I’m holding off having kids till [co-host Declan Donnelly] finds himself Mrs Right’.
‘I love that idea, but I’m afraid it’s not true. Lisa and I would love to have kids. We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think when you get a bit older.’
Ant McPartlin, 48, shared his desire to be a father over a decade before ‘ confirming’ wife Anne-Marie Corbett was pregnant with his first child (pictured together in January)
The TV host previously revealed his and now ex-wife Lisa Armstrong ‘s ‘tough’ battle to conceive in a candid interview (Pictured together in 2015)
Dec is now happily married to wife Ali Astall with whom he shares daughter Isla, five, and one-year-old son Jack.
Ant reportedly confirmed to pals that he is set to become a first time father this week.
He was is said to be ‘beyond delighted’ by the news as he told his Britain’s Got Talent co-stars this week and revealed Anne-Marie, 46, was due in June.
It was previously rumoured back in December that Anne-Marie could be expecting their first child, after she appeared to be several months pregnant while returning from a trip to Dubai. The couple are yet to publicly comment on the news.
According to The Sun Ant had already confided the wonderful news in close friend and onscreen partner Dec following weeks of speculation.
Anne-Marie, who has two children from her previous marriage, is believed to have already had her five-month scan which allowed the couple to confidently let the cat out of the bag.
A source told the publication: ‘This is the news everyone wanted. Ant and Anne- Marie are beyond delighted’.
‘It’s no secret that Ant has always wanted children, but that it may never happen for him was something he had, sadly, come to terms with’.
Ant and Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist Lisa were married in 2006 and tried for a baby for several years, before divorcing in 2018 without any children (pictured in 2001)
Anne-Marie, who has two children from her previous marriage, is believed to have already had her five-month scan which allowed the couple to confidently let the cat out of the bag this week (pictured together in 2023)
They went on to describe Ant as a ‘wonderful doting father’ to Anne-Marie’s children and said the couple did everything they could to keep the news a secret for as long as possible.
Adding: ‘To be having a child two years short of his 50th birthday, with the love of his life, is the stuff of dreams for Ant’.
MailOnline have contacted Ant’s reps for comment.
Ant and Anne-Marie got together after meeting while she worked for TV star and his former wife.
Friends previously told MailOnline’s Katie Hind that Lisa would be ‘very upset’ if her former partner’s happy news was confirmed – because she too was desperate to become a mother.
For Lisa, who shares a brown labrador named Hurley with her ex-husband, what has made it harder is that Anne-Marie worked for them as a PA before she began dating the I’m A Celeb star.
A friend said in December: ‘Anne-Marie was Lisa’s friend, and she was heavily involved in getting her the job working for the McPartlins.
‘Lisa would send Anne-Marie’s children birthday and Christmas presents, she even went on holiday with them, and then bang, it all changed.’
The couple set tongues wagging when Anne-Marie was seen arriving at Heathrow airport in December on the way to a New Year break to Dubai , appearing to be several months pregnant
The pair got together after meeting while she worked for Ant and his former wife (pictured in 2021)
Friends previously told MailOnline’s Katie Hind that Lisa would be ‘very upset’ if her former partner’s happy news was confirmed – because she too was desperate to become a mother (pictured at their 2016 wedding)
Ant and Lisa – a former singer in the now defunct pop band Deuce – married in 2006 at a lavish ceremony at Cliveden House in Berkshire.
They split in September 2018 after he checked into rehab for addiction issues.
A lengthy divorce battle followed, mostly over the TV star’s £60million fortune.
Rumours that the couple had split emerged in autumn 2017 after Lisa did not accompany Ant to Australia for I’m A Celeb.
She denied there were problems at the time, pointing out that she had a job and had not been to Australia for years.
But Ant’s representative announced in January 2018 that the couple’s 11 year marriage had ended.
Ant began to be linked with his personal assistant Anne-Marie just weeks later in March 2018.
Lisa was said to have indicated her disapproval of the relationship by liking a fan’s tweet which said it was ‘a major girl code breach’ to ‘start shacking up with your wife’s friend’.
Her and Ant’s marriage officially ended in October 2018 when she was granted a decree nisi after he admitted adultery.