Declan Donnelly expecting first child

TV presenter Declan Donnelly and wife Ali Astall are expecting their first child.

According to reports Ali got pregnant shortly after Ant and Dec returned from Australia for the most recent series of I'm A Celebrity.

"This has come at a hard time for them both, given everything that Ant is now going through and the pressure that has put on Dec in the past week".

The Daily Star reported that ITV bosses were set to axe Ant and Dec from the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity and were looking for fresh talent to replace them, following Ant McPartlin's arrest and subsequent charge for drink-driving.

The Geordie duo have been best friends for years and people were also quick to point out how happy Ant would be about his best friend's news, despite his current personal problems.

And if the rumours are to be believed, the pregnancy is coming at an extremely busy time for 42-year-old Dec and his wife, 40, with the television host now without the support of his best friend and co-star Ant McPartlin.

Another agreed: "Massive congrats to @antanddec Dec and Ali, brilliant news, all the best for the future, exciting times for you both".

She has worked as Ant and Dec's manager for over a decade.

Our source said: "When it comes to the jungle they don't want to have Dec presenting it on his own".

The reports come at a tumultuous time for Dec, who is set to present Saturday Night Takeaway solo next week, with Ant now seeking treatment at a rehab facility.

"As a vehicle brand we recognise the seriousness of Ant's charge".

One said: "OMG! I am over the moon to hear this!" I couldn't believe it when I saw who it was. There were about six or seven police cars in total'.

Explaining the issue in terms of his friendship with Dec, Ant revealed: 'There's a rumour that we do everything together and I'm holding off having kids till Dec finds himself Mrs Right.

  • Kyle Peterson