Dec ‘fell for ex Ashley Roberts’ after flirty exchange on I’m A Celeb in 2012

Before meeting and settling down with now-wife Ali Astall, TV presenter Declan Donnelly, best known as one half of the iconic presenting duo Ant and Dec, was said to have been crushing on Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts.

The pair met during her time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2012, following which they were said to be “getting to know each other.”

And while anything between the pair has long since fizzled out, they appear to have remained on good terms with Ashley congratulating her former flame after he popped the question to Ali in 2014.

At the time, she told The Mirror: “I got to see both the boys [in Australia] it was Ant’s birthday while I was there and I got to say congratulations to Declan. I’m happy for him.”

Back in 2012, Dec was said to have become smitten with the singer and dancer when they shared a rather flirty exchange on I’m A Celeb.

According to Mirror, during her time on the show, Ashley repeatedly mentioned how she was craving sex, telling Dec and co-presenter Ant McPartlin: “You’re deprived of everything here in the jungle. I can’t stop thinking about it.

“I’m excited to get out of here and be able to just stimulate all the senses – if you know what I mean.”

Blushing Dec seemed to struggle with how to respond, admitting: “Oh my gosh. Everything I want to say is unbroadcastable or illegal – or career-ending. Let’s calm down.”

The TV host then mocked up a skit pretending to invite Ashley to be his date to the wrap party, and she was equally keen to “get to know him better”.

“It would be nice to go for a drink and a chat,” she said.

Since the relationship between Dec and Ashley fizzled out, he met Ali, his now-wife with whom he shares two children, Isla, four, and three month old Jack .

With his family now joining him in Australia as he films I’m A Celeb, Dec has opened up about how things are a bit more stressful since having children.

He said: “It is very exciting, I can’t wait to get going. We have got the family here, baby Jack. And Isla is here, we have got the whole gang.

“It is a bit more stressful coming now, you watch less movies. But it is fine and great to be able to bring them out. We can have a bit of family time as well as getting the series going as well.”

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