The television presenter and his co-star Declan Donnelly took time off so Ant could address alcohol issues.
The Geordie star crashed his car, leaving a child needing medical attention, and he stepped away from presenting while he lost his driving licence for 15 months.
He was fined £85,000 after admitting he was more than twice the legal drink driving limit.
Ant told The Times: ‘You know, we had a bit of a break in our career a couple of years ago and then got back together.
‘We’re so much more grateful for everything.’
After returning to his roles alongside his co-star Dec, Ant is reportedly set to wed fiancee Anne-Marie Corbett in an intimate ceremony this summer after they got engaged on Christmas Eve last year.
The couple are said to be keen to avoid ‘the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding’ and hope to say ‘I do’ in front of a small gathering of 30 friends and family.
A source told The Sun: ‘Neither of them want the razzmatazz of a showbiz wedding. They just want their nearest and dearest with them.
‘It will be a simple but beautiful ceremony, without the glare of the spotlight.’
They added that Ant and Anne-Marie are ‘extremely excited’ but ‘want to keep a lid’ on the details, and those who have been told about their plans have been sworn to secrecy.
Anne-Marie has also apparently been for her dress fitting.
It will be the second marriage for the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! presenter who was previously married to Lisa Armstrong for 11 years. They split in January 2018.
Ant and Anne-Marie struck up a romance a few months after and his rep confirmed the engagement at the start of the year.
They told Metro.co.uk: ‘Ant and Amzie are delighted to announce their engagement. The proposal took place on Christmas Eve at home in a very romantic setting.’
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