Since then, perhaps surprisingly for someone who comes from a large, close-knit family – he is the youngest of seven children – Dec has found it difficult to meet the right woman.Those who know him report a very flirtatious manner and a marked twinkle in his eye yet Dec, unlike ant, has not made that final transition from boy to man into a life of domesticity. Even if romance works out for Dec observers believe it will be some time before he too goes down that route.
As Ant struggles with his sobriety and has returned to rehab following a drink-driving charge, Dec has been flying solo on the TV. Declan Joseph Oliver ' Dec' Donnelly, OBE, is an English television presenter, producer and actor.
Friends who know them both say that each is smitten with the other.
And Georgie has passed the most crucial test of all: she gets along well with Ant.
In the 20-odd years that they have been in the public together ant and Dec (you can easily tell which is which as Ant always stands on the left) moved to London together, where they initially shared a flat, bought houses on the same road, holidayed together, invested in a pub in Newcastle together (The Lodge, near Bigg Market) and bought a share in a swanky London members’ club (High Road House).
They both found girlfriends but while Ant’s relationship with Lisa endured Dec’s with Clare did not.