Dec Donnelly weeps over bond with best pal Ant McPartlin and says ‘it was fate’

Declan Donnelly shed a few tears on new documentary Ant & Dec's DNA Journey as he talked about his close friendship with Anthony McPartlin.

The presenter, 44, cried when he talked about his "close bond" with Ant, 43, and said "it was fate" when they met.

He discussed when they first met, and their success as a presenting duo.

Dec admitted: "It's not lost on us how lucky we are that we met each other.

"And you do think every now and again, 'What if we never met, what turns would my life had taken if we never met?'"

He continued: "It feels like it was kind of written in the stars that we were going to bump into each other at some point, because we get on so well.

"I'm getting emotional now," he gushed. "We have such an incredible bond, the two of us, that it was fate that we were going to meet."

From Byker Grove and SMTV to Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, for three decades the pair have been as attached on-screen as off.

They attended the same drama school, scored the same GCSE grades and ended up living next door to each other in the luxe London suburb of Chiswick.

They bought a racehorse and matching Portugal villas together. Even their dogs Hurley and Rocky were best mates.

And in their new documentary they've embarked on a two-year journey tracing their genealogy which is set to be an emotional roller coaster for the childhood friends.

In an emotional speech shown on their documentary, Ant said: "The last few years have been quite emotional, hard… they've been testing I would say how strong your love is, friendship is…"

And Dec added: "It's been a tough couple of years it's really tested the bond we've shared since we were 13 years old.

"I was incredibly angry at the start, so angry and disappointed in him that he didn't ever come to me and say I'm struggling, I need you because I thought if the shoe was on the other foot I would have gone to him said I'm in trouble and he never came to me and that hurt me a lot."

Ant then admitted: "I knew he was angry and understandably so because my action not only affected home but him.

"There was a point where I thought, 'That was it', there were times I wasn't sure it was gonna survive, times that you didn't know it needed to survive, you wanted it to survive.

"Focusing on me and repairing relationships and being better person working out what was important."

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