[Source: Now Magazine]

Ant McPartlin has opened up about how his addiction to painkillers and depression put a huge strain on his marriage to wife Lisa Armstrong.

In a candid new interview, which is his first since checking into rehab, the Geordie presenting star says that he is sorry that he has put his wife through some difficult times recently. But he also says that she has coped brilliantly while he has been away in rehab.

He told The Sun: “I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you.

“I’m very sorry about the effect it has on partners,

“This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage.

“In hindsight, I should have mentioned it earlier but you’re embarrassed about it.”

When asked if he thought his marriage could survive this dark time in his life, he replied: “All I can say at the moment is that she’s been amazing – fantastic throughout.

“And we’re good. I was desperately worried about Lisa in rehab.

“But they start introducing phone calls after a few weeks.

“Lisa’s been very supportive. As has Dec. Time will tell [about the marriage]. It’s very personal isn’t it?”

Ant also said that his mum Christine was pleased to see him getting better.

“She’s happy to have me back,” he said.

“People do notice the difference in you when you’re down and depressed.

“She noticed it. She said she’s really happy to have her old son back, which is nice to hear.”

He added that as tough as it was, he is glad that he has undergone treatment in the facility.

He explained: “This is something that I’ve gone through, I’ve done it.

“I’ve stuck to it. I’m very proud of doing it.

“There’s a very positive outcome which is great.”