Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted divorce in 30 seconds

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TV star Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife Lisa Armstrong have been granted a divorce.

Sitting at the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday, Judge Alun Jenkins granted a decree nisi in under 30 seconds.

McPartlin – best known as one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec – and Armstrong were together for 24 years and married for 11 years before their split was confirmed in January.

In a statement issued at the time, a representative said: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.

“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families.”

The break-up came after McPartlin entered rehab in 2017, following struggles with a two-year addiction to painkillers as a result of a knee operation.

He then checked into a private rehab clinic earlier this year after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

The 42-year-old was fined £86,000 and banned from the road for 20 months after crashing while more than twice over the legal limit in March.

Last month, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star, who will not work on the series this year as he takes a break from his television commitments, confirmed he had been sober for six months.

This Morning host Holly Willoughby will take his place next to Declan Donnelly in the jungle.

Sending McPartlin her “best wishes and support for a continued recovery” when the news was announced, the 37-year-old said she won’t be trying to fill his shoes, but simply “keep them warm for a little bit”.

Despite his break, he could still share the gong for best TV presenter with Donnelly at the National Television Awards next year, with the pair in the running for Saturday Night Takeaway.

McPartlin met Armstrong, a make-up artist, at a roadshow in Newcastle in the mid-1990s, when she was an aspiring pop star in the band Deuce.

He has previously spoken of their struggle to have children.

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