Ant McPartlin has reportedly told his wife, Lisa Armstrong that he wants a divorce, despite her allegedly 'clinging on to hope that they can work things out'.
Insiders tell The Sun, the presenter is preparing to end his marriage having not been been pictured with his wife of 11 years in four months and is seeing in the New Year with his mum Christine and sister Sarah.
It was claimed that Ant, 42, who checked into rehab for prescription painkiller addiction over the summer, has asked Lisa, 41, for the split but that she would not agree to putting out an official statement.
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Claim: It has been claimed that Ant McPartlin has told wife Lisa Armstrong he wants a divorce, despite her reportedly hoping the pair could work things out, reports The Sun .
The source said: 'Ant and Lisa are definitely over. He sees no way back for their marriage. Lisa has been struggling to accept it is the end.
'It is all very sad, especially with all she has gone through this year. She was clinging to the hope they could work things out.'
The insider added that the pair were both 'devastated' but are still on friendly terms, and that no-one else is involved in the split. MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant and Lisa for comment.
The claim comes amid reports Ant spent Christmas away from Lisa, fuelling further speculation over their marital status.
Married: It was alleged that Ant, 42, who checked into rehab for prescription painkiller addiction over the summer, had told Lisa, 41, the marriage was over but that she would not agree to putting out an official statement
The Sun reports that a source close to him said: 'Ant knows he and Lisa have to make a decision about their future.
'Ant doesn’t feel there is any future in the marriage, and while Lisa is hoping there’s a chance they can turn things around, he doesn’t see how they can.'
The couple have reportedly been living apart, with Ant moving out of their £6million property earlier this year to attend rehab for an addiction to super-strong painkillers.
Over: The source said:'Ant and Lisa are definitely over. He sees no way back for their marriage. 'Lisa has been struggling to accept it is the end. It is all very sad, especially with all she has gone through this year'
He had spent the last two months filming Down Under for ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, but make-up artist Lisa was unable to join him overseas, owing to her commitments to BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.
At the time, Lisa dismissed claims that this made her 'estranged' from husband Ant, explaining that she had not been out to Australia with him for 10 years.
In late August, Lisa was spotted puffing on a cigarette at London's Gatwick Airport as she waited for a taxi to take him home following his rehab stint.
Ant and Lisa were seen briefly reuniting out their £6m home the weekend of his return, but they have not been pictured together since.
Alleged: The source added that the pair were both 'devastated' but are still on friendly terms, and that no-one else is involved in the split
Lisa has previously taken to social media to defend their union, when a Twitter troll accused her of 'throwing away her marriage'.
The Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist told a social media user to 'get their facts right' when they reportedly begged her to understand Ant's recovery from an addiction to pain medication.
Lisa entered into the Twitter spat amid claims husband Ant had moved into a rented home during the Christmas period.
A post on Lisa's Twitter account read: 'Educate yourself first love and get your facts rights. You don’t know!! Sorry for your pain x'
According to the Daily Star, she was replying to a user who wrote: 'Can't believe your throwing your marriage away after all them years. (sic)
Moved out? The couple have reportedly been living apart, with Ant moving out of their £6m property earlier this year to attend rehab for an addiction to super-strong painkillers
Denial: Last month Lisa hit out on Twitter and denied she was estranged from Ant
'I've been addicted to codeine and unless you have been there you wouldn't understand waking up in morning kidneys hurting for the habit to be fed educate yourself about it first @LisaAmakeup.'
Last month, Lisa finally broke her silence on reports of the marital woes. She took to Twitter to hit back at the long-running reports that the duo have separated, as she penned on the micro-blogging site: 'I'm not estranged thank you'.
She added that she hadn't been to Australia for 10 years so it wasn't a surprise that she hadn't joined Ant in the jungle during his stint on I'm A Celebrity.
Instead, she stayed in the UK for her work with BBC One's Strictly and Ant returned to England from Australia last week, but it's claimed that he did not return to their marital home.
Union: The couple have been together since 1994 and married in 2006