It was bad Ant McPartlin opens up on addiction struggle in chat with Kate Middleton

Ant McPartlin opens up to Kate Middleton about his past addictions

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Ant McPartlin, 45, made a candid admission to the Duchess of Cambridge at today’s launch of the Taking Action on Addiction campaign for The Forward Trust. Ahead of a keynote speech, Kate Middleton, 39, told ITV presenting duo Ant and Dec how she believes society needs to do more to break the stigma for struggling addicts so they can access help.

She said: “The more we speak to everybody, and actually some of the stories today, the feeling of a burden that we have to carry, (it’s like) a secret event.

“And actually once you start sharing your stories, there are so many people who have either experienced it themselves or know someone who has gone through it.

Ant replied: “I found that myself.

“By the time I asked for help it was really, it was bad, but as soon as you opened up to people, problems have got to disappear and it gets better and help is there.”

For the event at the BAFTA headquarters on London’s Piccadilly, which was hosted by Ant and Dec, Kate sported a long red pleated skirt with a matching red polo neck top. She teamed it with tan heels and a matching bag.

And in her keynote speech, she called for compassion and empathy for those who are struggling with addiction.

She said: “Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.

“Yet it’s all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition. And seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.

“The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognising what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.

“As a society, we need to start from a position of compassion and empathy. Where we nurture those around us, understand their journey, and what has come before them.”

Kate also talked about the effect of the pandemic and how the number struggling with addiction is higher than ever before.

She added: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates. And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before.

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“We know that over one and a half million people across the UK who did not have substance misuse prior to lockdown, may now be experiencing problems associated with increased alcohol consumption.

“Around two million individuals who were identified as being in recovery, may have experienced a relapse over the past 18 months.

“And almost one million young people and children are showing an increase in addictive behaviour since the pandemic began.

“Yet, there is hope. Over the last ten years, I have had the privilege of meeting many incredible people who have lived through the harsh realities of addiction. 

“Through their own hard work, and with the help from communities and charities, such as The Forward Trust, lives really are being turned around.

“These are stories of healing, of hope and recovery, that can inspire us all.

“I fully support The ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign to improve awareness and understanding of addiction. The campaign will show us that, not only do many people recover from addiction, they can go on to prosper.”

Led by the Forward Trust alongside a number of charity partners, “Taking Action on Addiction” is a long-term campaign that will work to improve awareness and understanding of addiction, its causes and scale in society to enable more people to ask for and receive help.

The launch of the new campaign comes during Addiction Awareness Week, which aims to highlight the challenges of addiction and help people and families affected by it.

Kate became the patron of the Forward Trust in June when the charity merged with Action on Addiction, one of her first royal patronages on joining the Royal Family.

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