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Declan Donnelly: I wish my dad could be at my wedding

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Declan Donnelly: I wish my dad could be at my wedding

Declan Donnelly is devastated his late father won't get to see him tie the knot.

The 'Britain's Got Talent' host has confessed he's heartbroken his dad, who passed away aged 78 in 2011 after losing his battle with cancer, won't be there when he gets married to his fiancee Ali Astall.

He said: "There is always someone you are going to miss and for me it's my dad.

"I always hoped he would see me marry, but these things happen in life. I know he is proud of me.

"My mum will be there though and all my friends."

Dec - who, along with close pal Anthony McPartlin, makes up the presenting duo Ant & Dec - also revealed it was his father that encouraged him to audition for children's show 'Byker Grove' when he was just 12-years-old.

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old star admits he's happier than ever, with his wedding to Ali scheduled to take place early next year.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "This is the happiest I have ever been in my whole life.

"I'd like to fast-forward to that day. I felt that from the moment I met [Ali], I knew she was one."

However, Dec insists he and the 36-year-old producer aren't in a hurry when it comes to deciding whether or not they want to have children.

He added: "We are just taking it as it comes, there is no rush."