Entertainment Holly Willoughby weighs in on Ant McPartlin arrest: TV star urges pal to 'look after himself'... as she admits it's 'hard' to discuss his issues

20:06  14 april  2018
20:06  14 april  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Clearly pained by his troubles, she urged the star to 'just got to look after himself ', as she spoke about her friend in the interview. Tough times: Holly Willoughby was criticised last month for failing to address her friend Ant McPartlin ' s drink-drive arrest on This Morning.

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Holly Willoughby was criticised last month for failing to address her friend Ant McPartlin's drink-drive arrest on This Morning.

Yet the 37-year-old TV host has now spoken to The Guardian about the embattled star, who has returned to rehab after relapsing following treatment for drink and drug addiction, as she confessed to struggling with addressing his issues.

Clearly pained by his troubles, she urged the star to 'just got to look after himself', as she spoke about her friend in the interview.

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Holly Willoughby smiling for the camera: Tough times: Holly Willoughby was criticised last month for failing to address her friend Ant McPartlin's drink-drive arrest on This Morning© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tough times: Holly Willoughby was criticised last month for failing to address her friend Ant McPartlin's drink-drive arrest on This Morning

Candidly speaking about the incident for the first time, Holly said: 'No (we didn't deliberately avoid the subject) at all. Everybody knows that Ant is a very good friend of mine and I've known him for a very long time.

'To be honest, on that first day nobody knew what had happened and you know it's an ongoing police case right now...

'I love him to bits, it's not something that I find easy to talk about. Because it's a friend. His is not my story to tell. He's just got to look after himself, that's all.

Last month, This Morning viewers blasted show bosses as well as hosts Holly and her co-host Phillip Schofield for ignoring Ant's arrest on suspicion of drink-driving.

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a close up of Anthony McPartlin: Embattled: The 37-year-old TV host spoke to The Guardian about the embattled star, who has returned to rehab after relapsing following treatment for drink and drug addiction, as she confessed to struggling with addressing his issues© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Embattled: The 37-year-old TV host spoke to The Guardian about the embattled star, who has returned to rehab after relapsing following treatment for drink and drug addiction, as she confessed to struggling with addressing his issues

Fans of the weekday stalwart accused the presenters of choosing to ignore his headline-making accident on the show after their ITV colleague Lorraine Kelly spoke favourably about him earlier in the morning.

The uproar on social media comes after Ant collided with two other cars after taking his dog for a walk in Richmond Park, south west London and had been arrested by police investigating the crash.

The troubled presenter, who has had a difficult year with an addiction to painkillers and the breakdown of his marriage, spent 10 hours in police custody and was released 'under investigation', returning to his Chiswick home shortly before 3am.

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Holly Willoughby et al. posing for the camera: Pals: Candidly speaking about the incident for the first time, Holly said: 'No (we didn't deliberately avoid the subject) at all. Everybody knows that Ant is a very good friend of mine and I've known him for a very long time© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pals: Candidly speaking about the incident for the first time, Holly said: 'No (we didn't deliberately avoid the subject) at all. Everybody knows that Ant is a very good friend of mine and I've known him for a very long time

In the wake of the investigation, angered fans of This Morning took to Twitter to slam Holly and Phil, who share the same management company as Ant, as well as show bosses for not mentioning the arrest, despite it being acknowledged on Good Morning Britain and Lorraine.

Holly Willoughby sitting on a table: Tough times: Clearly pained by his troubles, she urged the star to 'just got to look after himself', as she spoke about her friend in the candid interview© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tough times: Clearly pained by his troubles, she urged the star to 'just got to look after himself', as she spoke about her friend in the candid interview

Some viewers questioned why the mid-morning stalwart would discuss Jamie Carragher being suspended from Sky after being filmed spitting at a 14-year-old girl but not mention Ant's name.

A fan wrote: 'Still no comment on Ant McPartlin's drink driving?! If it was any other non ITV celebrity it would of been breaking news and probably a call segment added to the program too about alcohol/mental health- double standards right?!'

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Ant - who split from wife Lisa Armstrong earlier this year after 11 years of marriage - was arrested after allegedly hitting two cars in his black Mini sports car while driving with his mother in Richmond, south west London.

One onlooker, Jake Spencer, said the Britain's Got Talent star was argumentative towards cops when they tried to put him in a police car after he failed a breath test.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Not happy: Some viewers questioned why the mid-morning stalwart would discuss Jamie Carragher being suspended from Sky after being filmed spitting at a 14-year-old girl but not mention Ant's name© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Not happy: Some viewers questioned why the mid-morning stalwart would discuss Jamie Carragher being suspended from Sky after being filmed spitting at a 14-year-old girl but not mention Ant's name

He told The Sun newspaper: 'Ant looked in a right state and was acting argumentatively toward a policewoman. I couldn't believe it when I saw who it was.

'The woman was trying to arrest him and get him in the police car but he clearly wasn't having it. He was not making it easy for her and he seemed to be trying to wriggle out of her clutches. He was not in a good way.

'Eventually she got him in the police car. There were about six or seven police cars in total.'

It is thought Ant veered into the wrong lane after coming round a sharp bend, hitting a green Mini before crashing into a BMW X5. A three-year-old girl was taken to hospital to be checked over as a precautionary measure.

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