Ant McPartlin enjoys 44th birthday bash in Australia after successful I’m A Celeb return

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Ant McPartlin made sure to ring in his 44th birthday in style by celebrating with his close circle out in Australia.

The TV presenter was spotted with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett and best pal Declan Donnelly at a restaurant close to the jungle studios shortly after the first episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! came off air.

Ant was seen enjoying the warm weather in a casual green t-shirt and shorts while Anne-Marie sported a striped sundress for the occassion.



Ant McPartlin headed out to dinner with girlfriend Anne Marie Corbett, Declan Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall to celebrate his 44th birthday



The pair made the most of some down time while they film I’m A Celebrity



Ant celebrated his birthday differently last year after taking a year out of I’m A Celebrity

Dec, who has been joined by his wife Ali Astall and daughter Isla in Oz, joined the pair and was seen supping a drink at their table.

Onlookers said they spotted Ant wearing a golden crown at the restaurant while Dec left the venue clutching red balloons.

The I’m A Celeb crew also showed their appreciation for Ant earlier in the day by presenting him with a giant chocolate cake smothered in sweets and topped with candles for him to blow out.



Ant shared a joke with a pal at the restaurant



The presenter appeared to be making the most of the warm weather in a t-shirt and shorts



He was spotted heading back to the hotel with partner Anne-Marie Corbett

Ant had marked his birthday a little differently last year after stepping down from his ITV commitments.

The Geordie star opted to take ten months off from his schedule following his drink-drive arrest in March, leaving Holly Willoughby to join Dec in fronting I’m A Celeb while Ant stayed at home.



Birthday Boy Ant was presented with a huge chocolate cake



Delicious!

During the 2019 launch show on Sunday night, viewers expressed their delight at seeing Ant and Dec back together again and praised their chemistry.

Fans had been waiting to see if Ant’s absence would be addressed during the show.

They didn’t have to wait too long as Dec made a point to welcome back his mate in the opening link. “I’m back – and he’s back!” he gushed.

Then later when Dec made a blunder and introduced the wrong intro videos for the celebrities, Ant quipped: “I’ve had a year off, what’s your excuse?”



Ant and Dec made a few references to their time apart

The pressure has been on for the crew after Dec’s stint with Holly Willoughby in 2018 drew sky high viewing figures.

ITV splashed out a reported £500,000 fee for US star Caitlyn Jenner this year, who is the highest paid of this year’s campmates.

Luckily, Caitlyn proved to be an early hit with fans after sky-diving out of a helicopter in the first hour.

The former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also impressed with her bravery when confronted with a giant spider that left the other celebs running and screaming in terror.



Caitlyn Jenner is the highest paid star on I’m A Celeb this year



Kate Garraway will be joining Caitlyn in the first trial of the series

Alongside Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway, Caitlyn will be taking part in the first Bushtucker Trial of the series tonight.

A preview clip sees the two stars suspended over water and locked in glass boxes filled with critters as they hunt for the yellow stars.

Kate and Caitlyn’s camp are living on basic rations so the pressure will be on to nab as many meals as possible.

Find out what happens tonight on ITV at 9pm.



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