Ant McPartlin opens up to Kate Middleton on addiction: ‘It was bad by the time I asked for help’

Ant McPartlin has opened up about his drug addiction with Kate Middleton at a charity event as part of Addiction Awareness Week.

Ant and Dec met with the Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday to speak at a new charity project, Taking Action on Addiction.

The 45 year old and 46 year old TV presenters were introducing Kate before she gave a speech to raise awareness and offer support for families affected by addiction.

Yet, what was supposed to be a brief handshake with Ant and Dec turned into the an honest conversation about the nature of addiction.

Ant struggled with a two-year addiction to subscription painkillers and alcohol after he had a knee operation in 2015.

The star had a car crash in 2018 and was found to have double the legal alcohol limit within his system. Following the accident, Ant checked himself into rehab and has since opened up about his struggles with addiction.

Kate arrived at the Bafta headquarters in London and turned a corner to see Ant and Dec, before she joked that they might force her to take part in a bushtucker trial.

Speaking to the Duchess, Dec said the first step is “actually taking action.”

He explained: “A lot of people don’t know where to turn or what to do… they’re a bit lost. That's why awareness is so important."

The important thing, Ant echoed, was “just asking for help”.

Ant went into more depth about how bad his addiction had been. He added: “I found that myself, by the time I asked for help it was really bad.

“But as soon as you opened up to people the problem starts to disappear and it gets better.”

Kate added one of the most important things with addiction is figuring out “how can we get in there before we get to crisis point” to give support to people earlier on.

The event was hosted by Forward Trust and it’s charitable partners, which the Duchess is a long-standing patron of.

Kate made an eloquent speech about how nobody is an addict by “choice” or “immune” to it.

She said: "Addiction is not a choice. No-one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune."

She added: "Yet it's all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition.

"And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes

"The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it."

Kate went on to thank and praise the “passion and expertise” of the staff and volunteers before she listened to real-life stories of how individuals have overcome their addiction.

For the occasion, which coincides with Addiction Awareness Week, Kate worn a striking red ensemble.

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