Amanda Holden admits mum urged her to steal food as a child while short on cash on holiday


Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden now lives completely differently to how she did in her younger years, during which she and her family struggled for money at times. Now, the star resides in a luxury mansion and rakes in millions per year.

Amanda, 50, who is said to be worth around £20million through her lucrative deals including radio presenting and television gigs, has admitted that she used to steal food on holiday.

The mum-of-two grew up in Southampton with mum Judith and sister Debbie, before spending her childhood in Bishop’s Waltham.


Aged just 16, the star moved to Bournemouth before venturing to London — where the rest would be history.

However, she has now touched upon her background, which is a stark contrast to her current life of luxury.

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Speaking on Alan Carr’s Life’s a Beach podcast, Amanda claims Judith said that if she and Debbie wanted “any breakfast you’ll have to steal it.”

The glamorous West End actress went on to say: “We’d spent all our money on holiday and we came back on a ferry and my mum told me to go and nick milk and Sugar Puffs from the breakfast queue.”

“She said to me, ‘Amanda if you want any breakfast you’ll have to steal it’,” she admitted.


Amanda laughed: “My mum will kill me for admitting this.”

Earlier this week, Amanda raged that she was forced to pay around £2,500 for coronavirus tests after a family holiday to Portugal.

 While she noted that she was in a fortunate position to afford the tests, she added that those who may not be in such a financial position may be taken advantage of.


She fumed to Alan Carr: “We went from the Friday to the Friday, but getting there cost over £2,500 in tests, which I don’t want to rant on and on about it, but I think that is taking advantage of the British public.

‘I’m in a position where I can afford to chuck that money, it’s a huge amount of money – someone’s taking the p**s. If I’d chosen to, I could have got in a queue at Faro airport and got one for 25 Euros, but I probably would have caught Covid as well, because the queue was around the block.”

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Amanda recently left listeners stunned when she revealed that she had sunbathed naked on holiday.

“I never wear a bikini on holiday,” she revealed.

Before adding: “But I wouldn’t mix with other nudists — there’s a difference.


“I have served the Sunday lunch naked but no, I would never get my n*nny out in public, in a private villa, yes!”

Amanda created history this year, becoming the first UK television star to work on all the main television networks in the same year.

Later this year, she is set to reprise her role as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, as well as having just finished a stint on BBC’s I Can See Your Voice.


She is also reportedly set to front a new Channel 4 programme later in the year, with the news being teased in May.

“This is the first time Amanda has worked with Channel 4,” said a source.

The insider added: “It’s a top-secret brand new show format and will take Amanda back to her TV roots, having started out on shows like Kiss Me Kate, Hearts and Bones and Cutting It in the Nineties. Everyone wants a piece of Amanda right now.”


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