Declan Donnelly will be hosting the final of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! with his presenting partner Ant McPartlin on Sunday. And while the TV star is being supported by his wife Ali Astall and their three-year-old daughter Isla while in Wales, back in the day, Dec had a rumoured romance with one of the 2012 campmates – Ashley Roberts.
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The presenter and the Pussycat Dolls singer were briefly linked after the series came to an end. Let's take a look at their reported romance…
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When did Declan Donnelly and Ashley Roberts date?
It seems I'm a Celeb host Dec took a shine to Ashley when she starred on the reality TV show nine years ago. Dec made no secret of his crush on the blonde beauty, often joking live on air that a romance was brewing. He even said that confessing his true feelings for Ashley on national television would be a "career-ending moment". The American singer, in return, hinted that she wouldn't say no to a date.
A few months after the ITV reality show finished, Ashley and Dec were once again linked in March 2013. They looked very cosy at the TRIC Awards in London and Ashley finally spilled the beans on their romance, saying: "We're trying to keep it out of the public eye. We're just getting to know each other." The Don't Cha singer had also previously said: "I'd like to get to know Dec better. It would be nice to go for a drink and a chat."
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While the romance rumours soon fizzled out, Ashley remained friends with Dec and his co-presenter Ant, hosting the Ant vs Dec segment on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway from 2013 to 2016. She also insisted: "I know everyone was hoping we were together, but he is just a friend. I love both those boys so much. We have so much fun together."
The pair were linked after Ashley took part in I'm a Celebrity in 2012
Who is Declan Donnelly's wife?
Dec, who has also dated Sky Sports reporter Georgie Thompson, found love with his manager Ali Astall. The pair went out for a year before Dec popped the question in November 2014. The couple tied the knot in a fairy tale ceremony in Dec's hometown of Newcastle in August 2015, with Ashley in attendance. They welcomed their daughter Isla Elizabeth in September 2018.
Dec married his manager Ali in 2015
Who is Ashley Roberts dating?
Ashley, 40, is rumoured to be single following her split from Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice in January 2020. Announcing the news on social media in January, Giovanni wrote: "Ash and I have made the decision to separate as a couple. We remain friends and wish each other well for the future."
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