Declan Donnelly tells of love for Ali

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Declan Donnelly has talked about his love for his manager Ali Astall for the first time, saying things "couldn't be better".

Declan Donnelly has talked for the first time about his love for Ali Astall.

The TV host - one half of duo Ant and Dec - confirmed he is dating his manager, who has worked alongside him for more than 10 years, and says he couldn't be happier.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'm attached, yes I am, and very happy.

"I can still fall in love easily. That's what is really nice because everything at home is great and work is really busy. Things couldn't be better for me at the minute."

Declan, 38, was said to have had a brief romance with Ali, 34, in 2006, but then went on to date TV presenter Georgie Thompson, although they split up two and a half years ago.

Dec was linked to former Pussycat Dolls dancer Ashley Roberts last year, but Ali is his first serious relationship since Georgie.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "It's going good. Everything's hunky-dory. It was a little strange because we've had a working relationship for so long. But because it just happened there was no big ta-da."

Dec says he has no plans for marriage just yet, but Ali will accompany him to Australia, where he will fly to host 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' next week.

Dec's presenting partner, Anthony McPartlin, has been married to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong since 2006.

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