Ant's reaction to Dec's baby news is really lovely

3 September 2018, 10:25

Ant and Dec
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By Tom Eames

"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.

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.

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.