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Declan Donnelly ‘takes on special role’ after birth of Ant McPartlin’s baby


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Ant gave Dec a special honour following the birth of his son (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Television personality Ant McPartlin excitedly announced the birth of his first child yesterday – and he’s ensured Declan Donnelly is a central part of this new life phase.

Ant’s wife Anne Marie, 46, gave birth to Wilder Patrick McPartlin early Tuesday, eliciting an outpouring of well-wishes from fans and friends alike.

The delighted new father, 48, took to Instagram to express his excitement at becoming a parent at this stage in his life. ‘Welcome to the family. Wilder Patrick McPartlin. Born, 14/05/24 at 8.54am,’ he captioned a tender snapshot cradling his newborn.

He continued: ‘Baby is beautiful, Mummy’s a legend, Sisters are over the moon. Dad’s a mess!’

In the wake of the big moment, insiders revealed to The Sun that Ant had bestowed the honor of godfather upon his longtime pal and television partner, Declan Donnelly, also 48.

Dec’s role as godparent to Wilder serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring friendship between the two television icons. Ant is also reportedly the godfather of Dec’s children.

The TV host shared a sweet photo of him holding his newborn (Picture: Instagram)

Anne-Marie, who gave birth at the prestigious London Clinic, was reported to be in good health following the delivery, which took place just before 9 am.

The middle name of the child, Patrick, holds sentimental value, serving as a touching tribute to Anne-Marie’s late father, Paddy.

Ant and Anne-Marie’s journey to parenthood has been eagerly followed by fans, with news of the pregnancy first breaking in February.

Ant and Anne-Marie have been married since 2021 (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Ant’s transition into fatherhood has been marked by his deepening bond with Anne-Marie’s daughters from a previous marriage, Poppy and Daisy.

His commitment to family is evident in his Instagram post, where he proudly displays a tattoo of a family tree featuring his step daughter’s names.

Ant and Anne-Marie’s happiness comes in the wake of Ant’s well-publicized divorce from his former wife, Lisa Armstrong, who reportedly got £31million of Ant’s £50m fortune in the split.

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