Declan Donnelly unwinds with manager wife Ali Astall in Lake Como days after presenting partner Ant McPartlin enters rehab to battle depression

Declan Donnelly with wife Ali Astall

Declan Donnelly with wife Ali Astall [Getty]

Ant announced this week that he would be checking into rehab after revealing issues with substance abuse and prescription drugs.

As he spoke about his battles, Ant said he felt like he’d “let down” a lot of people, and apologised.

However, the Britain’s Got Talent presenter has been flooded with messages of support, including from This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Lisa Armstrong, presenter Anthony McPartlin, presenter Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall

Ant and Dec and their wives Lisa and Ali have been friends for years [Getty]

As Ant begins his rehab stint, best friend and co-presenter Declan Donnelly has jetted away with his wife of two years Ali Astall, no doubt keen to get some time away from the limelight.

After arriving in paradise location Lake Como, Dec – who could soon present alone for the first time in 23 years – was seen soaking up the sun and cooling off in the pool by their luxurious hotel.

The 41 year old was pictured reclining on a sun lounger alongside his wife, whom he chatted to all afternoon as they enjoyed their well-deserved break.

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Ant And Dec at the NTAs

Ant and Dec have presented together for 23 years [Wenn]

Dec and wife Ali’s trip comes after his best friend and co-host Ant announced he was checking into rehab.

Speaking to The Sun, he revealed how depression led to addiction to prescription drugs, and an ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse.

He said: “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.

Britain's Got Talent: Ant was seen looking bewildered after Dec's magic trick

Ant is heading into rehab to battle depression and addiction [ITV]

“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.”

Ant has been battling his condition for over two years, after an operation on his knee left feeling in constant pain.

Following the operation, he began taking painkiller Tramadol and became addicted – leading his friends to become concerned.

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