He sent him a cheeky birthday wish on Twitter earlier in the day.
And Ant McPartlin was of course among the first of Declan Donnelly’s visitors as he stopped bv his pal’s London home on Tuesday afternoon, joined by his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett.
The TV presenter, who recently revealed he was six months sober, looked in high spirits as he left his long-time friend’s pad with a beaming smile on his face.
Party time: Ant McPartlin was of course among the first of Declan Donnelly’s birthday visitors as he stopped bv his pal’s London home on Tuesday afternoon, joined by his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett
Ant, 42, sported a smart ensemble in black chino trousers and a checked navy shirt as he called round Dec’s with partner Anne-Marie, who was more glamorous in a floral shirt dress which was belted at the waist.
She paired her style with a cool leather jacket and heeled ankle boots, and finished her look with large aviator shades.
The couple looked completely at ease as they enjoyed low-key celebrations with Dec, his wife Ali Astall and their newborn daughter Isla.
Plenty of reasons to celebrate! The couple’s outing comes just days after Ant revealed he is six months sober
Here for the birthday boy! The couple arrived bearing gifts, with Anne-Marie also toting a bouquet of flowers
Ant, who is in recovery for drink and drug addiction, shared a cheeky shot of Dec pretending to wear a dress with the added caption: ‘Happy Birthday from the big one to the little one!’
Dec also revealed he had received a birthday card from his three-week-old daughter on Twitter that day, writing: ‘I’ve had the loveliest of birthdays. I got a card from my 3 week old daughter, she’s very advanced.
‘Although her handwriting looks suspiciously like that of the dog (I suspect he wrote it really) Anyhoo, thank you all for the lovely birthday messsges, you’re bloody great D xx.’
Dapper: Ant, 42, sported a smart ensemble in black chino trousers and a checked navy shirt as he called round Dec’s with partner Anne-Marie
Flower power: Annie-Marie was more glamorous in a floral shirt dress which was belted at the waist
Just days before, Ant used the Twitter account to delightedly confirm that he is six months sober. The star was admitted to rehab earlier this year when he admitted to a drink and drug addiction before facing a charge for drink driving.
Yet now, the TV veteran was pictured with his friend Simon Hargreaves looking relaxed and happy while his pal added a caption in which he gushed about his friend and his battle – and admitted he is ‘happy and healthy’.
Simon, who works in PR, was clearly delighted to see his pal’s progress as he shared the snap with the sweet caption: Long overdue catch up with my buddy of 20+ years for lunch this week. 6 months sober, annoyingly healthy looking…
Chic: She paired her style with a cool leather jacket and heeled ankle boots, and finished her look with large aviator shades
Part of the gang: The couple looked completely at ease as they enjoyed low-key celebrations with Dec, his wife Ali Astall and their newborn daughter Isla
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‘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.’
Clearly overjoyed at the glowing praise, Ant replied to the message: ‘Thanks pal. Really appreciate it. Lovely seeing you too… It really was long overdue. #weloveagoodlunch… Hope you’re using your Jcrew tote bag!’
Ant is currently taking an extended break from all of his television commitments as he recovers from alcohol and substance abuse problems.
Holly Willoughby will fill the troubled star’s shoes alongside his sidekick Dec on the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
Ladies first: Ant let girlfriend Anne-Marie lead the way as they were let in to his long-time pal’s home
Long-time friends: Ant was also among the first to visit Dec and Ali when they welcomed their daughter in hospital earlier this month
Running errands: Dec was spotted stocking up on some goodies as he made a trip to the shop earlier in the day
Beaming: Dec flashed a coy smile as he headed back home after his errand run
Seal of approval: Anne-Marie seems to have slotted into Ant’s friendship group just fine since the pair struck up a romance, with the pair regularly enjoying double dates with Dec and Ali
While the funnyman is taking time out from his TV duties, he has grown incredibly close to his new ladylove Anne-Marie.
Recently, it was claimed the comedian’s new girlfriend will be named in the divorce papers with estranged wife Lisa Armstrong.
The make-up artist, 41, is reportedly filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery, as the estranged couple are said to be close to coming to an agreement before they submit their papers.
A source told The Sun: ‘Ant doesn’t want to hurt Lisa — he just wants to bring it to an end as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
‘He is on the verge of accepting his adultery but only very clearly on the technical basis that he has to — while making sure Lisa agrees that it only happened months after their separation.’
Welcome to parenthood! It was clear Dec and Ali have just welcomed a child as empty pram boxes were spotted outside of the property
Supportive: While the funnyman is taking time out from his TV duties, he has grown incredibly close to his new ladylove Anne-Marie