Amanda Holden denies Britain’s Got Talent row with Alesha Dixon

11:41 23 April 2012

Amanda Holden (left) has denied claims she and fellow Britain

Amanda Holden (left) has denied claims she and fellow Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon have fallen out

Amanda Holden has hit back at claims she and fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon have fallen out.

She said she was “disappointed” by reports and rumours about backstage squabbles and grumbles about how much screen time each of them is given on the show.

Holden said she wanted to set the record straight because she did not want her daughters to read “untruths”. She said she was bringing them up to respect other women.

In a message posted on her website, she said she and Dixon had predicted people would make up stories about their rivalry.

But Holden - who almost died following the birth of second child Hollie in January - said they had a “genuine friendship” and had no plans to leave ITV1’s BGT.

She said: “After the last year’s events and the publicity I have, by default, gained, I hope to be considered a role model and ambassador for hundreds of women and girls across the UK. I therefore cannot condone such malicious gossip as myself and Alesha ‘being at loggerheads’.

“As a mother of two girls I am raising them to be considerate and respectful of other women and each other. I cannot stand by and let untruths be printed or posted online which they may possibly read in the future.”

Holden continued: “Both Alesha and I are hugely disappointed that everything we predicted to happen has - despite us sharing a genuine friendship. I hope to be back for series 7 of BGT and have never considered leaving.”

Latest Stories

15:03
Dynamo spotted by Steve Spencer

Fans of magician Dynamo were delighted by his latest trick: appearing to ‘levitate’ from The Shard near London Bridge.

Read more
Undated handout photo issued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home of Bless with Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith, of Chelmsford, Essex. The mournful-looking stray which was thought to be putting potential adopters off with her hangdog expression has finally found a home.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. Bless was the most long-term resident at Battersea, with staff believing the lack of interest was down to the doleful dog's permanently sad expression. But following publicity, the Shoesmiths leapt at the chance to take the six-year-old in after being drawn to her loving personality and calm, kindly temperament.  See PA story ANIMALS Sad. Photo credit should read: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home /PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A frowning dog can wag her tail again after our plea to find her a new owner was a success!

Read more
Lilian Jean Turner  was seen wearing a white blouse embroidered with flowers, black trousers and white sandals and also had a walking stick and holdall with her [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are increasingly worried about an 85-year-old woman who went missing in Penge on Wednesday morning.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more