Ant and Dec tie the knot in private civil ceremony

The happy couple pose for photographs outside London's Shadow Lounge nightclub

In a private civil ceremony that was kept quite even from close friends, Geordie duo Ant and Dec tied the knot in a Chiswick register office on Friday.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 34, have been dating on and off since meeting on BBC One’s Byker Grove in 1989.

Since then the pair have made a name for themselves in the UK and US, acting, singing and presenting on such hit shows as The X Factor and Saturday Night Takeaway.

In an interview with Attitude magazine, out tomorrow, Dec reveals how Ant first proposed to him on a trip to America, whilst filming the pilot for a US series of You Bet.

Dec, however, was hesitant to commit to Ant at this stage, citing the pair’s busy schedules and Ant’s occasionally violent manner, which had caused the pair to split up frequently throughout the late 90s, putting “serious pressure” on their working relationship.

Ant and Dec had kept plans of the big day a secret since getting engaged in August

But in August, after springing a surprise trip to Paris and promising to get help for his anger and control issues, Dec was happy to accept Ant’s hand in marriage.

Cat Deeley, who co-presented SMTV with the duo, said to The Shoe Horn: “We all know Ant and Dec’s relationship’s had its ups and downs, but we’re just so happy the pair seem to have settled down in recent years and wish them a loving and lasting relationship now they’ve taken it to this level.”

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25 comments on Ant and Dec tie the knot in private civil ceremony

  1. mike
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    i wish them every happiness

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  2. ghettofabulous
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    playing up for the media as per. this country is going down the swanny because of liberal shock tactics like this. Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly should be ashamed as public figures in the limelight they should be ashamed, JUMP BEFORE YOUR PUSHED LADS!

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  3. British Beef
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    that is disgusting next they will try and rent a room at a hotel i might visit in the future, what is happening to this country? My kids were playing Ant and Dec last week…

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  4. oh hiya
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    dyker grove

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  5. Barry Squiggins
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    Just goes to show: one rule for them, another one for the rest of us.

    makes me sick

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  6. dave
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    I blame these do-gooders who stop people killing gays.

    get a few gays on TV and all of a sudden it’s trendy!

    if my non-existant son was to be gay i’d kill him – literally, and no do-gooder could stop me. gays are ruining this country, taking our jobs and places on TV – if graham norton and his so-called “chums” weren’t on TV straight guys could have their jobs, but oh no, have to put them on TV, i suppose i’m not good enough for TV eh. women too. bloody women on Telly, rank.

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  7. sarah.c
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    I think its wonderful they’ve finally *found* each other :)

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  8. Madeleine McCan't
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    I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of (The) Queer (Closet)

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  9. sarah
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    this is stupid
    1st they’re 35 not 34
    2nd they have never presented the X factor
    3th the show they presented in the USA was “wanna bet ” not you bet
    4th how could they’ve been dating since 1989 if they met in 1990 and they were 14!
    5th Ant doesnt have violent manner problems
    6th Ant is married
    7th THEY ARE NOT GAY

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  10. Eilidh
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    What a load of utter crap

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  11. Jess
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    I love Ant and Dec, they are an inspiration to everybody. I think it would be wonderful if the above article was true. But unfortunately it isn’t. Some of the above comments are horrific. You would think that this modern world would be rid of homophobia by now!! I am 17, and I am ASHAMED of the older generation. Get over yourselves and leave homosexuals alone!!!

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  12. Jena Smith
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    “that is disgusting next they will try and rent a room at a hotel i might visit in the future, what is happening to this country? My kids were playing Ant and Dec last week…”

    You people are so sick. They would be so cute as a couple, but unfortunately they aren’t. And if they were, they deserve a life of happiness together. What the hell is wrong with that?

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  13. Adam
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    Eh ant is already married… To a female
    I am preeTy sure there not gay

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  14. Nicola Bannister
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    Ant & Dec had been good friends for a long time since been doing their progammes and am so plased to hear the news getting married in least their are so happy I am so lucky to be their biggest fans since in 2010 so congralations Ant & Dec thinks for the comments

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  15. sarah kiddings
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    good for them! long may they be happy!

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  16. harold smith
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    Vile cultural marxism at it’s most vile and vile.

    vile sick vile people and their sick vile “marriages”

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  17. judy
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    THEY ARE NOT MARRIED>>>>>>>>>>

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  18. Marine
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    Great, at last you are free! Congratulations and may you live happily together for a very long time.

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  19. Samantha
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    If they were married I’d wish them all the luck and happiness in the world, but they are not.
    This article is utter bullsh*t!

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  20. kt
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    They are not gay. Ants married.

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  21. gregor
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    omg they are pillow biters. I always knew it! Ant has the look of a shitstabber and as for Declam he stares down the T.V screen like the sort of faggot that would greet your man cunt with his tiny prick and say horrible shit in your ear, what a pair best of British.

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  22. Mary farrow
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    It’s disgusting every were u read all about poofs should b exterminate
    Not natural

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  23. Sunny
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    Leave Ant & Dec alone. Love them both.

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  24. Percy Thrower
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    I always thought that pair were shirt lifters. Still, it surprises me that they are so unashamedly tying the knot. Disgusting.

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  25. ava
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    im not quite sure if there gay or not because in febuary 2013 ant was trying to have a baby with his wife so i was shocked when i read this

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