Ant McPartlin ‘set to leave UK’ and leave Dec behind.
Ant McPartlin has moved away from long-time co-host Declan Donnelly.
The move from the 42-year-old signals the end of an era.
It is the first time they won’t be living close to each other since 25 years ago.
Troubled Ant, who has taken a step away from the limelight since he was fined and banned for drink-driving, first moved to London with lifelong pal and TV sidekick Dec when they were teens.
The 42-year olds then lived next door to each other in Chiswick, London, until Ant got married and moved into a £2.3 million house with his wife Lisa Armstrong – but was still just a few roads away.
Then 10 years ago they were reunited when Dec bought a £1.9million home just three houses and 150ft away in the same road.
Last year, after moving out of the family home he shared with his now estranged wife, Ant was renting a £6,000-a-month house in the same neighbourhood to stay close to his pal.
But now he’s moved eight miles away to an upmarket address in south-west London, reports the Mirror.
It’s the furthest the duo have lived apart for nearly 25 years.
They met when they were just 15 on the set of teen TV show Byker Grove in their native Newcastle and became firm friends.
Removal vans were spotted at Ant’s rented house in Chiswick yesterday (May 16) as he prepared for the move to a £4.5 million house complete with its own bar and games room.
The Algarve removal service used may signal that Ant is moving some of his possessions to his holiday home in Portugal.
Ant and Dec own two villas side by side in a luxury Portuguese golf resort on the Algarve.
The large vans took Ant’s belongings to his new home home that is being rented for an estimated £12,000 a month.
Ant stepped down from his TV roles shortly after crashing his Mini into two cars while over the drink-drive limit in March.
After leaving rehab, the new home marks a new chapter for the troubled star.
The gated property boasts a separate flat for staff or guests – so Dec can visit.
It is surrounded by beautiful gardens overlooked by a balcony and has a games room with a pool table.
Dec and wife Ali Astall, meanwhile, “can’t wait” to become first-time parents.
Astall spoke after sporting her baby bump in a floor-length silver gown at the TV Baftas this weekend.
Dec, 42, said that the news was “very exciting”, while Astall quipped: “I just wish it would come out now, that we could fast-forward to having the baby.
“We want to get on with it – we can’t wait.”
Dec attended the TV Baftas on his own after co-host Ant stepped back from his TV commitments and told fans he was “truly sorry” following his drink-driving crash.