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Dad-to-be Declan Donnelly is spotted for the first time

Admin Mar 25,2018

Declan Donnelly has spoken for the first time following reports that he is expecting his first child with wife Ali Astall.

The presenter, 42, confirmed the news in a brief statement published on social media platform Instagram on Sunday evening.

Sharing a black and white image from his 2015 wedding to Ali, 40, he wrote: ‘Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages.

So happy: Declan Donnelly confirmed  that he is expecting his first child with wife Ali Astall in a post shared with Instagram followers on Sunday evening 

So happy: Declan Donnelly confirmed  that he is expecting his first child with wife Ali Astall in a post shared with Instagram followers on Sunday evening

‘The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it.’

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Earlier that day Declan was seen out and about in London, hours after it was reported that Ali is pregnant.

The TV star was seen returning to his home, dressed casually in jeans and a baseball cap during what has been the most turbulent weeks of his career.

Exciting news: Earlier that day Declan was seen out and about in London, hours after it was reported that Ali is pregnant 

Exciting news: Earlier that day Declan was seen out and about in London, hours after it was reported that Ali is pregnant

Reports of their growing family comes hot on the heels of Dec preparing to host Saturday Night Takeaway solo next weekend, in light of presenting partner Ant McPartlin heading to rehab following his recent drink-drive arrest.

And the presenter ailed to raise a smile on Sunday as he headed to the house he shares with Ali.

Holding his phone, the star dashed inside, with his wife nowhere to be seen.

What a week: The TV star was seen returning to his West London home, dressed casually in jeans and a baseball cap during what has been the most turbulent weeks of his career

What a week: The TV star was seen returning to his West London home, dressed casually in jeans and a baseball cap during what has been the most turbulent weeks of his career

What a week: The TV star was seen returning to his West London home, dressed casually in jeans and a baseball cap during what has been the most turbulent weeks of his career

Rollercoaster few days: Dec, 42 , failed to raise a smile on Sunday as he headed to the house he shares with Ali

Rollercoaster few days: Dec, 42 , failed to raise a smile on Sunday as he headed to the house he shares with Ali

Just hours before The Sun reported that the couple, who wed in 2015, are ‘delighted to be expecting – especially since they have been trying for some time.’

It is alleged that the couple first learnt they were pregnant soon after Dec left the Australian jungle after the last series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Oh Here! finished in December.

‘They have been keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, but now that Ali is safely over 12 weeks, they are starting to let people know,’ it is claimed of the happy news, with the source quickly adding that they have told ‘key people at ITV’.

Ali has reportedly told her close colleagues and will be stepping away from work commitments to ‘look after herself’ and to enjoy an ‘easy’ pregnancy.

‘They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them.’

A representative for Dec and Ali refused to comment on the claims when approached by MailOnline.

'They are delighted': Dec Donnelly, 42, and his wife Ali Astall are reportedly expecting their first child 

‘They are delighted’: Dec Donnelly, 42, and his wife Ali Astall are reportedly expecting their first child

Growing family: According to The Sun, the pair, who wed in 2015, are 'delighted to be expecting - especially since they have been trying for some time'

Growing family: According to The Sun, the pair, who wed in 2015, are ‘delighted to be expecting – especially since they have been trying for some time’

Woes: Reports of their growing family comes hot on the heels of Dec preparing to host Saturday Night Takeaway himself, in light of  Ant McPartlin heading to rehab following his recent drink-drive arrest

Woes: Reports of their growing family comes hot on the heels of Dec preparing to host Saturday Night Takeaway himself, in light of Ant McPartlin heading to rehab following his recent drink-drive arrest

Dec channels his inner Sherlock in ‘Saturday Knight Takeaway’

It has also been inevitable to ignore the fact that his happy news comes hot on the heels of his best friend Ant’s woes.

‘This has come at a difficult time for them both, given everything that Ant is now going through and the pressure that has put on Dec in the past week,’ it was said, before adding that ‘their priority now is their baby and an experience that they see as the best of their lives.’

Dec and Ali – who has acted as the presenting duo’s manager for over a decade – married in Elswick, Tyne and Wear in August 2015 after two years of dating.

Woops! Ant and Dec fail to realise they are live on air

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Happy news: It is alleged that the couple first learnt they were pregnant soon after the last series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Oh Here! finished in December

Happy news: It is alleged that the couple first learnt they were pregnant soon after the last series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Oh Here! finished in December

It is claimed of their delight: 'They have been keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, but now that Ali is safely over 12 weeks, they are starting to let people know'

It is claimed of their delight: ‘They have been keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, but now that Ali is safely over 12 weeks, they are starting to let people know’

In an interview with Fabulous magazine in February last year, Ant and Dec both said that the focus in their lives has always been on their families as they bared all about marriage and hopefully having children in the near future.

Ant – who had previously spoken about his struggles with having children and of course has since split from his wife – revealed he would be ‘over the moon’ to become a dad, while Dec echoed similar wishes.

Dec said: ‘Absolutely at some point, when the time is right! We’ll have to put some time in the diary. Things are pretty busy!’

In April of last year, while recording the finale of the 2017 season of Saturday Night Takeaway at Walt Disney World in Florida, both men admitted that being there made them feel a little ‘broody’.

Mum to be: Ali has reportedly told her close colleagues and will be stepping away from work commitments to 'look after herself' and to enjoy an 'easy' pregnancy

Mum to be: Ali has reportedly told her close colleagues and will be stepping away from work commitments to ‘look after herself’ and to enjoy an ‘easy’ pregnancy

As reported in OK!, Dec said: ‘It is almost like a prescription – everyone should come and spend a couple of days in Disney once in their life. Would we come back with a little Ant and Dec? Oh, definitely!

‘We saw it on the show, what it means for young ones to come out here. It would be one of those things to do with children, definitely.’

This comes after Ant – who split from wife Lisa Armstrong earlier this year after 11 years of marriage – was arrested for a drink drive incident over the weekend and has since made the quick decision to return to rehab earlier this week.

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.

Declan Donnelly emerges from church with new wife Ali

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A source added: 'They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them'

A source added: ‘They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them’

Love: Dec and Ali - who has acted as the presenting duo's manager for over a decade - married in Elswick, Tyne and Wear in August 2015 after two years of dating

Love: Dec and Ali – who has acted as the presenting duo’s manager for over a decade – married in Elswick, Tyne and Wear in August 2015 after two years of dating

'This has come at a difficult time for them both': It has also been inevitable to ignore the fact that his happy news comes hot on the heels of his best friend Ant's woes

‘This has come at a difficult time for them both’: It has also been inevitable to ignore the fact that his happy news comes hot on the heels of his best friend Ant’s woes

Ant and Dec scoop Best Presenters at the National Television Awards

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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.’

Ant McPartlin looks shaken and unsteady after car crash in London

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Candid: In an interview last year, Ant and Dec both said that the focus in their lives has always been on their families and hopefully having children in the near future

Candid: In an interview last year, Ant and Dec both said that the focus in their lives has always been on their families and hopefully having children in the near future

'It's tougher than you think': Ant has previously spoken about his struggles with having children

‘It’s tougher than you think’: Ant has previously spoken about his struggles with having children

Marital breakdown: Ant split from his wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong, earlier this year 

Marital breakdown: Ant split from his wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong, earlier this year

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.

In 2013, Ant also discussed he and his estranged make-up artist wife were finding it difficult to conceive.

At the time he confessed to Radio Times: ‘Lisa and I would love to have kids. We’re trying. It’s tougher than you think when you get a bit older.’

Explaining the issue in terms of his friendship with Dec, Ant revealed: ‘There’s a rumour that we do everything together and I’m holding off having kids till Dec finds himself Mrs Right. I love that idea, but I’m afraid it’s not true.’

A look at TV presenter Ant McPartlin’s decades-long career

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Troubles: This comes after Ant was arrested for a drink drive incident over the weekend and has since made the quick decision to return to rehab earlier this week

Troubles: This comes after Ant was arrested for a drink drive incident over the weekend and has since made the quick decision to return to rehab earlier this week

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