Ant McPartlin arrives at court to face drink-drive charge after crash

Simon Cowell stands by McPartlin: ‘He’s manned up’

Simon Cowell has publicly supported Ant McPartlin, saying he has “manned up” by checking himself into rehab.

“We’ve known each other a long time, and you stand by the people you work with over the years, for the obvious reasons,” Cowell told The Sun. “We always stand by our friends. We’re all human.

“The most important thing is he’s manned up, he’s going to get himself back together. And the show goes on, it’s as simple as that.”

Cowell, who returns as a judge on the ITV show, said Ant was welcome to return fully in 2019 after his stint in rehab.

“People, for whatever reason, they get into a rut and at times like this you stand by your mates. It’s always been that way,” he said.


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