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DECLAN Donnelly is said to be “thrilled” with longtime co-star Ant McPartlin after The Sun announced that he had proposed to his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett

The happy couple told family and friends, including best buddy Dec, of their plans to get married, and British host Got Talent is set to perform as the best man at his wedding

Ant, 45, asked the question on Christmas Eve to Anne-Marie, mother of two, after finalizing his divorce with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong in April

He said, “Ant and Amzie are excited to announce their engagement. The proposal took place on Christmas Eve at home in a very romantic setting”

The lovely PA worked with Dec’s agent at the same London-based management company before she started working full time for Ant

They officially started dating in April 2018, and Anne-Marie – who has two teenage daughters from a previous marriage – is said to have been Ant’s “rock” when he went into rehab after being drunk and driving had been convicted

Last night a friend said, “Ant has been planning this for a while – but wanted to make sure the moment was just right

“2020 has been a pretty hot year for everyone, and this is the good news that all of your friends and family have been waiting for

“Both Amzie and Ant love Christmas and really get into it every year, so Ant decided to ask the question on Christmas Eve

“He’s a traditionalist so he got on one knee after first asking Anne-Marie’s family that he had their blessing. It was super romantic and obviously Anne-Marie immediately said ‘yes’

“Obviously, getting engaged in the middle of a pandemic is not ideal when it comes to planning a wedding at the moment, a summer ceremony is extremely unlikely, so it could be an affair by 2022”

Ant stepped back from the spotlight after crashing his car in March 2018 while hitting more than double the alcohol limit before going into rehab

After knee surgery in 2015, he struggled with a two-year dependence on high-strength pain medication

His stay in rehab came six months after he and his presentation partner, Dec, received an OBE for entertainment and broadcasting services

In January 2019, Ant returned to his TV duties alongside Dec at the British Got Talent auditions

The duo have since spoken about how their struggles have impacted their three decades of friendship and working relationship

News of the engagement comes shortly after he and Dec finished the latest I’m A Celebrity series, filmed at Gwrych Castle in North Wales due to Covid-19

Ant gave a touching insight into his newfound happiness with Anne-Marie, who was previously celebrated as his “rock”

During a bushtucker trial with Radio 1 host Jordan North, Ant told viewers that being home with Anne-Marie was his “happy place”

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