Inside Ant McPartlin and Anne-Marie’s relationship after he quit Saturday Night Takeaway for ‘family’

Ant McPartlin and his wife Anne-Marie are embarking on an exciting new chapter with their baby on the way.

While Ant continues to charm the nation on Britain’s Got Talent, he’s decided to take a breather from his usual presenting roles, including a temporary halt on Saturday Night Takeaway, to dedicate time to family life. He’s already embracing his role as step-dad to Anne-Marie’s two children from her previous relationship.

As the pair prepare to welcome their little one, let’s take a look inside their relationship, from how they met to their fairy-tale wedding…

Controversial start

The start of Ant and Anne-Marie’s relationship wasn’t particularly romantic, with the couple hit with claims of betrayal as Ant publicly battled addiction issues alongside navigating a new partnership. When Ant first went into rehab in 2017, he apologised to his then-wife Lisa Armstrong for ‘putting her through hell’.

The couple were plagued with false rumours at the beginning of their relationship
The couple were plagued with false rumours at the beginning of their relationship

But after another stint in rehab following a drink-drive crash in 2018, it was Anne-Marie, their former personal assistant turned lover, who he leaned on. Rumours of romance between Ant and Anne-Marie started swirling in June 2018, six months after he announced his split from Lisa.

Lisa was furious, claiming she found out about it through the media and tweeted: “Yeah My Friend and OUR PA who I let into OUR home??” Ant and Lisa had been friends with Anne-Marie and her husband Scott, even attending the christening of their daughter in 2009.

Anne-Marie had organised Ant and Lisa’s 10th wedding anniversary party in 2016. However, things turned sour when Anne-Marie became ‘house manager’ for Ant and his TV partner Declan Donnelly in 2012. Lisa later accused Anne-Marie of ‘breaking the girl code’ by dating her ex, a claim that Ant dismissed as ‘absolute rubbish’.

Ant opened up about his relationship with Anne, saying: “I don’t feel the need to defend Anne-Marie but I will say you’ve got to be careful judging other people’s relationships or what you think is the truth that’s been put out there,” as he spoke to The Sun. Friends close to Ant stressed that Anne-Marie played no role in his split from his ex-wife Lisa, and likewise, Ant wasn’t involved in the end of Anne-Marie’s previous marriage.

Ant and Lisa were married for 11 years
Ant and Lisa were married for 11 years

People close to the situation said that Ant and Anne-Marie only became close after Ant went back into rehab in March 2018 following a drink driving charge. Anne-Marie had been seen supporting Ant, even making him a packed lunch for work some days, and she was right by his side during his police station visit and court appearance.

The former PA has two daughters from her previous marriage to businessman Scott Corbett, whom she divorced in 2017, making Ant a step-dad. In an interview with The Telegraph, Ant spoke about being step-dad to the two girls as he and Dec launched a new media course for underprivileged youngsters in partnership with The Prince’s Trust.

“I’ve got two step-daughters, 13 and 15 and they are more socially aware at that age than I was in my mid-20s,” Ant told the publication. “Than I still am.”

He went on: “It’s not going to be our generation that saves the world. Look at Greta Thunberg, single-handedly almost making the world aware of climate change. It’s that kind of energy that this generation has got and they’ll save the rest of us. We’re just trying to make it easier for them.”

Fairy tale wedding

In August 2021, Ant and Anne-Marie Corbett tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at St Michael’s Church in Heckfield after getting engaged the previous Christmas. They were joined by their nearest and dearest, as well as a host of celebrity friends.

The couple, who have been together since 2018, had a star-studded guest list for their special day. This included Phillip Schofield, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Dermot O’Leary, Christine Lampard, and of course, Ant’s best mate and TV co-star, Declan Donnelly, who was also his best man.

Their wedding was rumoured to cost £500,000.
Their wedding was rumoured to cost £500,000.

Anne-Marie wore a bespoke Suzanne Neville dress that was one-shouldered with a fitted corset, complete with a full skirt and train and hand embellished floral detailing. Apparently, Suzanne’s team hand-sewed each floral detail individually.

Apparently, the couple’s beloved dogs were missing from the ceremony, so the pair decided to include them in their wedding cake. It’s said the three-tiered design was complete with figurines of their three dogs – Labrador, Harley and Maltipoos, Milo and Bumble, and was created by one of London’s most esteemed bakeries.

Their lavish wedding was rumoured to have cost a cool £500,000.

Family focus

Ant opened up about the decision to take a break from his weekend gig alongside Dec, as co-host of Saturday Night Takeaway, in an interview with Flaunt magazine earlier this year. Asked what’s in store next for the duo, he said: “A lot, we do the show and then Britain’s Got Talent, but on a more personal level, part of the reason we’re pausing Takeaway is we need a break ourselves, and we need to spend some time with our family.

Ant is cutting down on work to spend time with family
Ant is cutting down on work to spend time with family

“We’ve both got children that we need to spend time with for a little bit.”

In the heart-to-heart, Ant confessed that the dynamic duo needs to “step back” to ponder their next moves and what lies ahead in their glittering careers. He hinted at needing to map out the “next phase” and admitted they have “lots of ideas” brewing.

Ant added that the pair have “lots of ideas” and opportunities available, with them looking into where the “next chapter begins”. He said: “So that’s what we’re gonna do when Saturday Night Takeaway is out of the way.” He teased that the duo will take some time to “re-evaluate everything” for the future.

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