And after weeks of gossip surrounding their relationship status, 31-year-old Ashley appears to have finally spilled the beans.
He was successful and it was on the Byker Grove set that he first met Mc Partlin.
Donnelly and Mc Partlin soon became the famous duo known today, who host Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, an entertainment show in which they compete against each other and the audience can win prizes.
quality=80&strip=all&w=665&h=476" width="665" height="476" / The news everyone has been waiting for has finally been confirmed – Ashley Roberts and Declan Donnelly are secretly dating and have been trying to keep their budding romance under wraps.
The former Pussycat Doll and one half of comedy duo Ant and Dec have been linked since Ashley appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here last year, with Dec admitting he was infatuated with the star.
Ashley and Declan were romantically linked after the blonde came runner-up to actress Charlie Brooks, although their romance was never officially confirmed.
Meanwhile, Declan popped the question to his girlfriend Ali in Australia, ahead of the launch of the new series of the reality TV show. The couple have been dating for a year and a half and have worked together for ten years. Dec – one half of ITV's star presenting duo Ant and Dec, with best friend Anthony Mc Partlin – has been living with the pretty blonde since the beginning of the year. A source told : "Dec and Ali are completely besotted with each other. Declan proposed to his TV manager girlfriend Ali in Australia earlier this month "Dec soon realised that the he'd met the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with and felt ready to settle down.
The part of Duncan on Byker Grove was Dec's first well-known TV appearance.
At the age of 12, he saw an advert in a local newspaper stating that a new children's TV show would be filmed in Newcastle and was looking for young actors. At first Dec said he didn't want to, but he later phoned the producer and asked for an audition.
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quality=80&strip=all&w=1024&h=1526" width="1024" height="1526" / Rumours went into overdrive when the bubbly blonde signed up to host the Ant vs Dec segment on their Saturday Night Takeaway show.
But Ashley appears to be a fan of Ant too, adding: ‘We’re having fun, but I’m single.