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Monday, April 23, 2012
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.”