Declan Donnelly ‘thrilled’ for Ant McPartlin and Anne-Marie Corbett who ‘will wait to marry in 2022’

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Ant McPartlin’s TV bestie Declan Donnelly is said to be “thrilled” for Ant and Anne-Marie Corbett after the pair became engaged over the festive period.

Dec, 45, was said to be one of the first to know about the engagement in his pal's close circle of friends.

It's also expected the presenter will be best man at the wedding, according to The Sun.

Ant, 45, and 43 year old Anne-Marie are reportedly considering tying the knot in 20022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The TV star and his personal assistant wife-to-be are said to be planning a ceremony in the summer of 2022.

A source has told The Sun: “Obviously getting engaged in the midst of a pandemic isn't ideal when it comes to planning a wedding… at the moment a summer ceremony is looking extremely unlikely, so it may well be a 2022 affair.”

It comes after a friend unveiled Ant, 45, and Anne-Marie, 43, became engaged on Christmas Eve following his “super romantic” proposal.

The insider told the publication: “Ant has been planning this for some time – but wanted to make sure the moment was just right.

“2020 has been a pretty torrid year for everybody, and this is the happy news that all their friends and family have been waiting for.

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

“He's a traditionalist, so got down on one knee after first checking with Anne Marie's family that he had their blessing. It was super-romantic, and obviously Anne-Marie said 'yes' straight away.”

Ant and Anne-Marie’s happy news comes months after his divorce from ex wife Lisa Armstrong finalised in April last year.

A source told The Sun at the time: “It's been an extremely difficult road with a lot of heartache and unpleasantness, but it's finally done. It's over.

“Ant's been desperate to start the next chapter of his life and at least now he and Anne-Marie can plan for the future. It won't be long before they are married.”

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Ant and Lisa had been married for 11 years before Ant announced the couple’s separation in 2018.

He announced the news in a statement to the Mirror which read: “In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.

“Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statements will be made.”

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