Declan Donnelly’s famous exes from Pussycat Doll to Grange Hill heartbreak03/06/2021
Declan Donnelly has been happily married to talent manager Ali Astall since 2015.
He’s one of the nation’s most-loved TV presenters alongside Ant McPartlin – but it took him a while to find the one.
Speaking about his life as a single man, the Saturday Night Takeaway presenter previously said: “It was just one of those things. I thought, God! It is really hard to meet girls.
“People would always try and set me up, which was awkward. You can't set me up on a blind date because she will automatically know more about me.”
Before meeting Ali, Dec did manage to meet a few famous faces who he had a connection with.
Here we take a look at the Geordie star’s relationship history – including his famous exes.
Dec’s first high-profile relationship was with Clare Buckfield, who shot to fame in children’s show Grange Hill as Jenny Porter and in hit sitcom Two Point Four Children.
They dated for a whopping 11 years from 1993, after meeting as teenagers on the show.
Dec and Clare later split in 2003, blaming their busy schedules for the demise of their relationship.
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In 2009 the Britain’s Got Talent presenter started dating Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson.
They were together for two years before breaking it off.
After the breakup Georgie said it had been painful, but that they remained on good terms. At the time the blonde star hinted that Dec wasn’t ready to settle down.
She said: “In the end it wasn’t to be and the reality is that if one person wants one thing and one person wants another – and never the twain shall meet – you have to be grown-up about it, however painful that might be, and accept that.”
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Dec reportedly had a fling with Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts after her stint in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2012.
Speaking after the show, the Don’t Cha singer told The Sun: “We're trying to keep it out of the public eye. We're just getting to know each other.”
However, the romance quickly fizzled out and they remained friends, and Ashley was even a guest at Dec’s wedding to Ali.
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After his relationship with Ashley ended, Dec began a relationship with his manager of 10 years, Ali Astall.
He admitted the pair have always been attracted to each other, but they were reluctant to act on their feelings because of work.
Dec explained: “When she was single and I was single we'd go out for dinner on Valentine's night together because we didn't have partners."
The couple finally made it official, and got engaged in Australia in 2014, a year and a half after starting to date.
Dec and Ali now share daughter Isla, who was born in September 2018.
They now live in Chiswick, south-west London, so Dec can be close to best friend and presenter Ant, who is now engaged to his former personal assistant Anne-Marie Corbett.
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