The TV presenter has been pictured without his wedding ring on

Ant McPartlin has been spotted without his wedding ring on after admitting he put his wife, Lisa Armstrong “through hell” during his addiction to prescription pills.

The TV presenter, who spent eight weeks in rehab in June, was spotted walking his dog Hurley around South-West London earlier this week, sans wedding band.

Ant and Lisa, who have been married since 2006, have hardly been seen in public together since he returned to their marital home a month ago.

Now it’s been claimed that the couple are spending increasing amounts of time apart.

“She’s had a rough year,” a source told the Daily Star. “And she’s made it clear it’s because of Ant. They’ve hardly been seen in public together since he came back from rehab a month ago.”

Ant McPartlin

Ant previously confessed that his rehab stint had put his relationship with Lisa under strain.

“I’ve put Lisa through hell with mood swings and depression and how it affects you,” he told The Sun. “I’m very sorry about the effect it has on partners. This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage.

“She’s been very supportive. As has Dec. Time will tell [about the marriage]. It’s very personal, isn’t it?”

However, Ant did have his wedding ring back on when he touched down in LA on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, fans of the star were thrilled to see him back on Twitter after he broke his silence to send his TV partner and best pal, Declan Donnelly a sweet birthday message.

“Happy birthday to the little fella from the ever so slightly taller fella!!xxxx#bigdonsbday” he tweeted.

It was Ant’s first tweet from the Geordie pair’s shared account in over a month, and fans soon rushed to welcome him back.

Another posted: “I so happy you are back on Twitter Ant and I so happy that you got the help needed and you are getting better.”

Written by Jenni McKnight