Amanda Holden’ devastated’ to break lockdown rules after ‘very personal’ family matter

Amanda Holden surprises her daughter for her birthday

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Amanda Holden, 49, broke lockdown rules on Friday as she travelled to see step-father Leslie, 75, and her mother Judith, 71, at their home in Cornwall to offer help with a “very personal” family matter.

After receiving a “distressing” call from Leslie, the Britain’s Got Talent judge made the four-and-a-half hour and 250-mile trip to Cornwall from her home in Richmond upon Thames.

A representative has since explained Amanda takes Covid rules very seriously and did not make contact with any member of the public on her trip.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the presenter said: “Amanda is aware that all families are going through difficulty during these turbulent times but received a distressing telephone call from her elderly father on Friday afternoon.

“On balance Amanda felt the round-trip to Cornwall was necessary to contain the matter at her family home.

“The very personal situation has now been aided and Amanda is back in London.”

The statement added: “Amanda did not act on a whim and has adhered to Covid rules every step of the way in all three lockdowns.

“Amanda is aware of the travel rules and is devastated she had to break them on this one occasion.

“Her parents are vaccinated and with Amanda testing for Covid weekly (and is negative), she felt she was not putting her parents at risk.

“She did not come in contact with any member of the public.”

This comes as the star celebrates her 50th birthday on Tuesday.

The celebrations started early on Friday during the Breakfast show she presents with Jamie Theakston on Heart FM.

Amanda took to Instagram as she looked ahead of her birthday festivities.

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In a post to her 1.6 million followers, she wrote: “I feel like a queen! Thanks @thisisheart for the early #50 birthday celebrations.

“I have the biggest smile on my face (and a lot of cake in my tummy!).”

Many of Amanda’s celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post as they sent her birthday wishes.

Ruth Langsford wrote: “What a great shot! Happy Birthday.”

Alesha Dixon added: “You are a Queen.”

Fans of the star also complimented Amanda on her youthful looks.

One wrote: “No way are you nearly 50!!! U look phenomenal.”

Another added: “Cannot believe your 50.”

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