Dec Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall are expecting their first child together.


The presenter confirmed the news on Twitter following reports circulating that the couple were having a baby.


He then posted the news on all his social channels. Taking to Instagram, the 42-year-old shared a black and white photograph of himself and wife Ali on their wedding day, thanking all the well-wishers for their support.


He added that the couple decided to confirm the news themselves, as it had come out earlier than they had hoped. 



A post shared by Ant & Dec (@antanddecofficial) on


"Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages," he wrote.  "The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it."


Many fans commented on the post, congratulating him on the happy news, and wishing his fellow Saturday Night Takeaway co-host Ant McPartlin well after it was revealed he is taking time off from TV to seek treatment following being arrested for drink driving last week.  Donnelly said he would present the two remaining shows of Saturday Night Takeaway by himself. The show was postponed this weekend.


"Such lovely news for you all... Congratulations... and Get well soon Ant ... this little baby will need you... Missing seeing you both on a Saturday Night, love you lots," wrote one. 


"Best news, congratulations," wrote another.


"This has come at a difficult time for them both, given everything that Ant is now going through and the pressure that has put on Dec in the past week," a source told the Sun. 


"However, now that Astall passed the 12-week mark, the pair decided to go public with the pregnancy."


Congratulations to the couple on the news!



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