Declan Donnelly — of duo Ant and Dec — has thanked fans for their kind messaged after news broke that fellow presenting partner Anthony Mc Partlin has checked into rehab.“Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella,” he wrote on Twitter. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated.” Mc Partlin checked into rehab for “substance abuse, prescription drugs, and drinking”, telling presenter explained how a knee injury two years ago led him to become addicted to prescription pain medication, while depression caused a turn to substance abuse.Their most famous hit during this period was the BRIT Award nominated "Let's Get Ready To Rhumble", for which the video and moves were choreographed by Mark Short, who had previously worked with Tina Turner and Peter Andre.For their third album, the duo reinvented themselves under their real names of Ant & Dec. "Let's Get Ready To Rhumble" made a comeback on Saturday Night Takeaway at the end of the show.Ant & Dec got their first presenting job in 1994, while they were still releasing music under the alias of PJ & Duncan.They co-presented a Saturday-morning children's show entitled Gimme 5, which was broadcast on CITV.He became famous as a child actor from his role in Byker Grove (1989).
The duo did, however, reach the top ten in Germany and Japan, and even had a number-one single in Germany, with their cover of the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream". The duo had a short lived revival in the music industry, releasing a song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, entitled "We're on the Ball". All money made from the re-release was donated to charity.Their first single was a song they performed while part of Byker Grove, entitled "Tonight I'm Free".The single had some success, and the duo went on to record two albums under their character names of PJ & Duncan. The boys were sued by an American comedian (who also had the name Ant) for using his name during their time in America. It was the show which kick-started their careers but Ant and Dec reportedly bought the rights to Byker Grove when the production company went bust. The loveable duo hold an incredible record of winning ‘Most Popular Entertainment/TV Presenter’ for a massive 15 consecutive years.