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Ant McPartlin buys new London home to start afresh following divorce from Lisa Armstrong

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock (9326101bk) Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - TV Presenter National Television Awards, Press Room, O2, London, UK - 23 Jan 2018
The move will take him further away from Dec (Picture: Rex)

Ant McPartlin has bought a new London house following his divorce – but the move will take him away from neighbour and BFF Declan Donnelly.

The 42-year-old is said to have bought a new £5 million pad in South London, 30 minutes from Dec who he lived next door to, with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong believed to be staying in the couples marital home.

It comes after this week he was granted a divorce from wife of 11 years Lisa, after admitting adultery on the court papers.

Ant is very excited about his new house, a source told The Sun: The next couple of months will be difficult for him, given hes not in Australia with Dec for Im A Celebrity.

Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong at the Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong Wedding at St. Nicholas Church Taplow in Taplow. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
Ant and Lisa divorced this week after 11 years of marriage (Picture: Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)

But this house provides him a fresh start.

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Its believed he plans to throw himself into renovating the home before he goes back to work next year.

The presenter has had a difficult year, having entered rehab after struggling with a two-year addiction to painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

Then in April he was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 for driving while more than twice the legal limit following a three-car smash in South West London earlier that month.

He later announced he was stepping back from TV commitments and will not appear on the next series of Im a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, as well as Saturday Night Takeaway and the live shows of Britains Got Talent.

Hes currently dating Anne-Marie Corbett. She reportedly will not be moving into the new home with him, but does live close by with her children.

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Luckily, Dec is still close by, even though not neighbours, so still plenty of time for Ant and Dec dates.

Metro.co.uk contacted reps for comment.

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