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Anthony McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong in 2015 Getty

Ant McPartlin has reportedly decided not to move back in with his wife Lisa Armstrong when he returns to London after hosting I'm A Celebrity.

This news further fuels rumours that the couple's 11-year-old marriage has been in troubled waters since McPartlin checked into rehab following painkiller addiction.

Before flying to Australia to film the 17th series of I'm A Celebrity earlier this month, the 42-year-old had moved out of the west London home he shares with his wife and had rented an apartment nearby.

The Sun reports a source as saying: "Ant is focused on recovery and thinks it best he doesn't move home for a while."

The source said the couple are even unsure about spending the holidays together: "He and Lisa have not yet decided if they will spend Christmas together.

This has been a difficult time and, while both want to make things work, they are struggling to find a way to move forward together."

The insider also revealed that the TV presenter has been encouraged by the success of the new I'm A Celebrity series and wants to focus on complete recovery from his addiction once the show wraps up, while Armstrong has been finding solace in her friends: "Ant's been bolstered by I'm a Celeb's viewing figures, which seem to show the public still support him.

"Lisa has been by herself, and having a good time with her pals has proved a good distraction."

Armstrong, 41, who is head of make-up and hair for Strictly Come Dancing, had earlier taken to Twitter to deny any rumours they were drifting apart.

McPartlin previously admitted he had given Armstrong a hard time during his battle against addiction. He told the Sun: "I'm very sorry about the effect it has on partners. This kind of stuff puts strains on any marriage. All I can say at the moment is that she's been amazing — fantastic throughout."

The couple are childhood sweethearts and tied the knot in 2006.