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3 September 2018, 10:25
"I love you already."
Ant McPartlin has said that he "can't wait for cuddles" ahead of his first hospital visit to meet Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall's daughter on Sunday (September 2).
Ant broke his social media silence at the weekend to congratulate his longtime-best mate Dec, before meeting his co-host’s baby girl Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born on Saturday.
The presenter, who has been on a break from hosting duties following a period in rehab, tweeted his joy that Dec had welcomed his first child with wife Ali.
Welcome to the world baby Isla Elizabeth Anne. ❤️ Can’t wait for cuddles. I love you already!!— antanddec (@antanddec) September 1, 2018
Uncle Ant xxxxx
He wrote: "Welcome to the world baby Isla Elizabeth Anne. Can’t wait for cuddles. I love you already!! Uncle Ant xxxxx."
The post came a few hours before Ant visited the baby girl in hospital for the first time in London.
Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born just after 9 o’clock this morning. Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x pic.twitter.com/LZ409o6kYK— antanddec (@antanddec) September 1, 2018
Isla’s birth occurred just weeks before Dec will begin his presenting stint on I’m a Celebrity with Holly Willoughby, who is filling in for Ant while he takes an extended break from work.
Ali, who is also Dec’s manager, and baby Isla are expected to join Dec for some of his time in Australia.