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.They added: "They're keen to start a family and want to get hitched next year.At the time the couple had been dating for a year, although their friendship and working relationship stretched back over a decade.
The engagement has been a long time coming for 39-year-old Dec, who suffered the public humiliation and private heartache of an 11-year relationship crashing around him after a drunken dalliance with a kiss-and-tell lap-dancer.
DEC GIVES FIANCE HUGE DIAMOND RING FOR ENGAGEMENT: SEE PICTURES HEREAfter a long period of lonely penitence in which he sought refuge at the Catholic retreat in County Durham run by his priest brother, he had a relationship with Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson. He has finally found love with a woman he has known and counted as a close friend since she started working with the duo 10 years ago.
Friends said the couple had recently spent a lot of time apart because of work commitments such as Donnelly's stint in Australia filming I'm A Celebrity, and were finding it a strain.
Their relationship has also been blighted by rumours of infidelity on both sides.
Ashley Roberts is happy for ex Declan, who recently got engaged "I'm happy for him," added the 33-year-old, who was wearing a plunging black leather top, black trousers and jacket at the Grosvenor Park.
Ashley and Declan were romantically linked after the blonde came runner-up to actress Charlie Brooks, although their romance was never officially confirmed.
Since then he and best friend Mc Partlin have become television's most sought-after presenters, hosting Pop Idol, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and Saturday morning children's show SM: TV.
Buckfield, 27, plays Jenny Porter in the sitcom 2point4 Children, and has toured the country in hit stage shows.
Not only that, with Miss Thompson standing at a petite 5ft tall, Donnelly towered over his girlfriend by six inches.
Just last August, Miss Thompson revealed that Donnelly was her perfect match – and said that her parents loved him.
Instead he and his scriptwriters will no doubt be going all out to make the bridegroom-to-be blush.