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Lorraine Kelly sends love to Ant McPartlin in rehab - and opens up about taking same prescription painkiller that left him addicted

Mirror logo Mirror 19/06/2017 Lara Martin

Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: ITV Lorraine Kelly has spoken about her experience taking Tramadol, the same prescription painkiller that Ant McPartlin became addicted to after it was prescribed to help with his chronic knee pain. 

On Monday morning's episode of ITV's Lorraine, the presenter spoke about Ant checking himself into a rehab facility following a battle with prescription drugs and alcohol.

Lorraine said: "I couldn't believe this when I read it, it just shows you, you have absolutely no idea what is going in other people's lives. I thought he had it made, amazing wife, amazing career, everything great, works with his best pal, yet he was having this struggle we had no idea about."

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Ant was prescribed the painkiller after a knee operation two years ago left him in agony.

Lorraine said she'd been on Tramadol herself, following a bad accident several years ago, and she knows first hand how "seductive" the painkiller can be.

"I was on Tramadol and it's seductive. I actually came off it before... I actually wanted the pain more than the fact... honestly, it makes everything fantastic. But your head is full of cotton wool, it's just horrible and it's not real. It's a horrible thing."

She went on to say: "If somebody like Ant can get depressed through an injury and it all spirals out of control, if it can happen to somebody like that, it can happen to anybody, and we need to be understanding.

"We wish him all the best, he's a fantastic guy. I'm sorry he's going through this."

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In a statement over the weekend, Ant, 41, said: “The first step is to admit to yourself you need help.

“I’ve let people down. I’m truly sorry.

“I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I’m truly sorry.

“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.

"I have spoken out because I think it is important that people ask for help if they are going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery," he told The Sun .

Ant's presenting partner Declan Donnelly said yesterday: "Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella. He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated."

And Ant's wife Lisa Armstrong added: "Completely overwhelmed by all your love & support it means so much. I'm relieved he's receiving the help he needs, we just need him better."

It's expected Ant will spend up to five months away from the limelight but hopes to return to work by the time I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! starts later this year in Australia.

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