Television presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have revealed that they considered ending their screen partnership after McPartlin was convicted of drink-driving last year.
In an interview in Saturday's edition of The Guardian, Donnelly says McPartlin's drink-driving was "indefensible". He tells the paper he was both angry with, and upset for, his friend and colleague.
McPartlin received treatment for alcohol addiction following the drink-driving charge which saw him banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000.
Previewing the interview, The Guardian says that when asked if he considered ending his partnership with McPartlin, Donnelly says he would be lying if he said he did not think about it.
Ant and Dec: we considered splitting up over ‘indefensible’ drink-driving https://t.co/IzLAOBLsMX— The Guardian (@guardian) March 29, 2019
However, he adds that ultimately he wanted McPartlin to return to work healthy and happy with their relationship in a good place.
The Guardian says the duo "reassessed their career and relationship".
"For the first time in many years, all we talked about were deep things like how we felt, and what the future held, and where we were, and all the chaos that has come along, especially for me," says McPartlin.
The interview is published in Saturday's Guardian Weekend magazine. McPartlin and Donnelly return to screens on Saturday, April 6 for the new series of Britain's Got Talent on Virgin Media One and ITV.