Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor warm-up man Ian Royce has revealed he is going to rehab for alcoholism and has been sent well wishes by celebrities including Kim Cattrall and Lennox Lewis.
The funnyman had received donations from the likes of Simon Cowell, Ant McPartlin, and Declan Donnelly to fund the £20,000 stint and has confirmed he is now getting help.
Taking to twitter, Ian wrote: ‘To rehab I do go. Thank you so much to everyone for your help. Pucker up @PrioryGroup. I’m on my way.’
Troubled: Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor warm-up man Ian Royce has revealed he is going to rehab for alcoholism (pictured in 2017)
Ian’s admission prompted some celebrities to reach out and wish him well as he begins the road to recovery.
Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall wrote to Ian: ‘Thinking of you & yours & how brave you are taking these 1st steps to recovery. KC.’
Retired boxer Lennox Lewis also sent Ian well, writing on Twitter: ‘Good luck bro. Get well soon! Bless.’
TOWIE star James Argent also wrote to the BGT star and said: ‘Good luck mate, you’ve got this!’
God luck: Several celebrities sent their well wishes to the star including actress Kim Cattrall (pictured in May 2019)
Helping hand: Ian also reportedly received donations to fund his stay in rehab, including one from Simon Cowell (pictured in September 2019)
Response: Ian received several messages wishing him well after announcing he was going to rehab
Ian’s announcement comes soon after Ant and Dec reportedly donated £5,000 to help fund his stay in rehab.
The hosts are believed to have joined forces with Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams to aid Ian’s battle with alcoholism, over a year after presenter Ant, 43, checked into rehab for his own drink and drug addiction.
More than £12,000 have been raised for Ian’s 28-day treatment at The Priory after 75 people donated to help to get Ian’s life back on track.
On the TV personality’s GoFundme page, his friend James Mace has claimed Iain ‘is in desperate need’ after he tried to take his life, and is ‘currently being treated for a brain injury that he received whilst under the influence’.
A friend indeed: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have reportedly donated £5,000 to help fund Ian’s £20,000 rehab stint
The performer boasts a successful career as a warm-up comedian, and has previously starred in The Big Big Talent Show, Talking Telephone Numbers and The Time The Place.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant, Dec, and Britain’s Got Talent for further comment.
Following the donations, Ian took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund, crediting them for ‘saving [his] life’.
Grateful: Following the donations, Ian took to Twitter to thank those who donated to the fund, crediting them for ‘saving my life’
As well as tagging Ant and Dec in the message, he also referenced Olly Murs, Robbie and Simon for their contributions.
He wrote: ‘I am so grateful to so many for saving my life….. Thank you so much everyone and my amazing girlfriend xx
‘@SimonCowell @antanddec @robbiewilliams @ollyofficial thank you for a light…..’
Replying to the post, former BGT act Steve Hewlett wrote: ‘Job Title…Warm Up Man & Support to The Stars Support is what you have Ian In 2013 after my BGT final act as soon as I walked off stage to the incredible audience reaction… you were there with a man hug and congrats! I’ll never forget that. I’m just one here for you now.’
Ian’s battle is no doubt close to Ant’s heart, after his presenting duties were suspended by ITV last year following his arrest over a road collision with a green Mini and a maroon BMW.
Helping out: More than £12,000 have been raised for Ian’s 28-day treatment at The Priory, after 75 people donated to help to get Ian’s life back on track (Ant and Dec’s donations ringed)
Sad times: On the TV personality’s GoFundme page, his friend James Mace has claimed Iain tried to take his life and is ‘currently being treated for a brain injury’ (pictured in 2018)
The Saturday Night Takeaway star later pleaded guilty to driving under the influence at Wimbledon Crown Court.
Former Pop Idol host Ant was banned from driving for 20 months and fined a British record £86,000 for drink-driving. In September last year, he confirmed he is six months sober.
He was welcomed back into the fold in September as he attended his first production meeting ahead of the forthcoming nineteenth series of I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!, alongside co-host Dec, 44.
Previous demons: Over a year ago, presenter Ant, 43, checked into rehab for his own drink and drug addiction (pictured in 2018)
Jungle fever: Ant attended his first production meeting ahead of the forthcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!, alongside co-host Dec, 44, in September
Taking to Instagram, the pair shared a shot of themselves seated at a table littered with coffee mugs, water bottles and open laptops bearing an I’m Celeb screensaver.
Captioning the snap, they wrote: ‘At @itv having meeting about &imacelebrity. Finding out what’s in store and this years celebs.’
Sitting alongside his presenting partner, Ant looked thrilled to be back on the show after missing its eighteenth series following his rehabilitation for prescription drug and alcohol issues.
And This Morning’s Holly Willoughby – who stood in for Ant during his absence – admitted she couldn’t wait to see him back in the jungle.
Commenting on the post, she wrote: ‘How exciting!!!!!’
In great spirits: Taking to Instagram, the pair shared a shot of themselves seated at a table littered with coffee mugs, water bottles and open laptops bearing an I’m Celeb screensaver
Delighted: Holly Willoughby, who stood in for Ant last year, and Susanna Reid both commented after Ant and Dec shared a photo from an I’m A Celeb production meeting