ANT McPartlin’s estranged dad is a £15-an-hour gas fitter living in two-bed council house, it has been revealed.
Ray McPartlin lives with his long-term partner Sheila in Newcastle – with the father and son reportedly living drastically different lives after Ray left when Ant was just 10-years-old.
A source told the MailOnline: “Ray and Ant haven’t spoken properly in years. Ray is very proud of his son and everything he has gone on to achieve. But their relationship has been strained for a long time.
“I don’t think Ant has ever forgiven his dad for leaving him all those years ago and they are not close.”
The source claimed that Ray had tried to reach out to Ant – but was rebuffed.
It comes after McPartlin was charged with drink-driving after a three-car smash, with the ITV favourite now stepping away from his presenting commitments “for the foreseeable future”.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Ant and his father lead very different lives. Ant’s down in London and has done very well for himself and Ray is up here. He works hard, but he doesn’t earn very much money.”
When approached by the news outlet, Ray refused to comment on his son’s recent troubles.