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17th Apr 2018

Ant McPartlin’s wife breaks social media hiatus following his driving ban

Lisa Armstrong liked several messages of support

Oli Dugmore

Lisa Armstrong liked several messages of support

Lisa Armstrong has broken her social media hiatus to like messages of support from fans following her husband’s drink-driving conviction.

Returning to social media she liked tweets that read “sending you lots of love & hugs. Thinking that you could probably do with them today” and “sending you a little hug.”

She split with Ant McPartlin in January 2018 after he admitted himself to rehab for alcohol and painkiller addiction.

Earlier this year McPartlin was charged with drink-driving following a car crash and failed breathalyser test.

On Tuesday he pleaded guilty and was fined £86,000 and handed a 20-month road ban.

The fine works out at 4.5 days wages for the presenter, who it was revealed earns £130,000 per week.

His driving ban will be reduced by five months if he attends a drink-driving referral course.

Speaking outside the court, the 42-year-old said: “I just wanted to say that I am truly sorry for what happened.

“I’m truly sorry for what happened. Higher standards are expected of me.

“I let myself down, I let a lot of people down, for that I’m truly sorry.

“I’d like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash and I’m just thankful no-one was seriously hurt.”

It has been claimed that both McPartlin’s mother and sober coach Christine Woodhall – the passengers in the car at the time of the accident – did not know that he was over the limit.

During proceedings district judge Barbara Barnes told him: “At the time when it happened you were struggling with various personal problems and also alcohol issues for some months. This incident happened, sadly, when it seems you suffered a brief relapse. I think it will have quite an impact on you to know you’re no longer a man of good character.”

And all while this was going on, another car crash happened in the background as BBC reported the verdict.