Declan Donnelly’s dating history: Heartbreaking split, I’m a celebrity and in love with wife Ali Astor

Half of the wildly popular Geordie duo Ant and Dec, Declan Donnelly has been a household name in the UK and Ireland since the 90s.

We know December is the best month for Saturday night takeout and I’m a Celebrity…get me out of here!

In addition to best friend Ant, he is also hosting a live show on Britain’s Got Talent this week.

In addition to a stellar television career, Dec is a devoted husband to wife Ali Astall and father to daughter Isla.

But the ITV host has had quite a bit of heartache in the past before finding “that”. Here, we take a look back at Dec’s dating history…

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Claire Buckfield

Dec met Grange Hill actress Clare Buckfield while he was making a name for himself at Byker’s Grove. The teenage couple was a young dream of love, dating for 11 years.

Dec and Clare split in 2003, and the TV host blamed their busy schedules for the breakdown of their relationship – Ant and Dec’s acting careers really started to take off, while Clare was busy with acting.

The couple is said to be heartbroken over the breakup, adding in December that they became more like siblings than boyfriend and girlfriend.

Declan Donnelly and ex-Claire Buckfield
Declan Donnelly and ex-Claire Buckfield

George Thompson

In 2009, December began dating Sky Sports presenter George Thompson.

The couple were together for two years, but he announced their split in 2011.

George later admitted the breakup was painful, but they remained on good terms.

Ashley Roberts

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She met Dec through the show, and he made no secret of the fact that he had a crush on her.

The pair reportedly dated, and Ashley told The Sun at the time: “We’re trying to keep it out of the public eye. We’re just starting to get to know each other.”

Sadly, romance wasn’t for the couple, but they were still good friends and Ashley attended his wedding in 2015.

Ali Astor

In 2013, Dec fell in love with his manager, Ali Astall.

Ali managed Ant and Dec for over 10 years before she and Dec entered into a romantic relationship.

The Geordie star said he and Ali have always been close, but he never went further due to work. They even used to go out for Valentine’s Day dinner when they were both single!

The couple dated for a year before proposing in November 2014.

They were married the following August at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Newcastle.

With wife Ali at their wedding in December 2015
With wife Ali at their wedding in December 2015

Ali looked stunning in a silk couture wedding dress designed by Phillipa Lepley, while Dec was scrubbed clean for the occasion in a blue suit.

Ant McPartlin Apparently the best man of the day, all of Dec’s showbiz friends were in attendance, such as Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Keith Lemon and Ashley Roberts.

Three years after their dream wedding, Dec and Ali are parents to their daughter Isla, who turns four this September.

Dec keeps Isla out of the spotlight, but occasionally shares glimpses of life as a father.

He and Ant recently appeared in this morning To promote their new children’s activity book Propa Happy, the father told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that he always took time every night to talk to Isla about her day and make sure she was feeling good.

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