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Simon Cowell backs Ant McPartlin to make full recovery during rehab

Music mogul Simon Cowell has been speaking about Ant McPartlin's recent stint in rehab, saying he knows the TV presenter will be fine and will make a full recovery.

The Britain's Got Talent presenter entered rehab in June to receive treatment for depression, as well as alcohol and substance abuse.

BGT boss Cowell told The Sun newspaper McPartlin would be OK, adding he had great people around him, including his long-time presenting partner Declan Donnelly.

"All I can tell you about Ant is he's one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet," he said.

"He hasn't changed in all the years I've known him.

"I don't know details behind the scenes, but when someone has the courage to own it, deal with it, made a public statement, we would a million per cent support him. I think he'll be fine."

He added: "He's got great people around him and also he's got a great family around him. Dec's his best friend.

"We made it clear we would always stand by them."

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Simon Cowell

Cowell has worked with the Geordie presenting duo for 16 years and they have become close friends, but the music producer admitted he never knew about McPartlin's issues.

He said: "I mean, look, I have worked in entertainment for a long long time and I've seen what happens with pressure. I'm not making excuses here."

Fans are remaining hopefully the presenter will be well enough to return to the front of the camera with Donnelly to host the new series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in November.

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Simon with Ant and Dec in 2010 (Ian West/PA)

Donnelly previous said he would not host the popular reality show with anyone other than his TV partner.

Before entering rehab, McPartlin (41) told The Sun on Sunday: "I feel like I have let a lot of people down and, for that, I am truly sorry.

"I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time.

"I've spoken out because I think it's important that people ask for help if they're going through a rough time, and get the proper treatment to help their recovery."

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