Amanda Holden ‘devastated’ after breaking lockdown with Cornwall trip

Amanda Holden is said to be ‘devastated’ after breaking lockdown rules to visit her parents in Cornwall.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge reportedly travelled from London to Bude where her parents live on Friday after receiving a ‘distressing’ phone call. Furious locals are alleged to have reported Amanda to the police.

England is currently under a national lockdown which bans non-essential travel. However, there are exceptions to provide emergency assistance or to care for the elderly and vulnerable. 

In a statement, Amanda’s agent said: ‘Amanda is aware of the rules and is devastated she had to break them.’ 

The presenter’s spokesperson added: ‘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 necessary to contain the matter at her family home. The very personal situation has now been aided and Amanda is back in London.

‘Amanda did not act on a whim and has adhered to Covid rules every step of the way in all three lockdowns.’ 

According to the spokesperson, Amanda is ‘aware of the travel rules’ and is ‘devastated she had to break them on this one occasion’. 

Justifying her actions, the rep said that because her parents are vaccinated and Amanda is tested for coronavirus weekly, she ‘felt she was not putting her parents at risk’. 

‘She did not come in contact with any member of the public,’ they stated. 

The Sun reports that Amanda, who turns 50 on Tuesday, received an upsetting phone call from her stepdad Leslie, 75, so decided to make the lengthy trip to Cornwall to check in on him and her mum Judith, 71. It’s said that the presenter travelled from her home in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey on Friday afternoon. 

One local told the publication: ‘I was really shocked when I saw it and then felt quite angry. A man unloaded quite a lot of luggage from the boot and then the car sped off… 

‘Amanda visits a lot in normal times, so people know who they are and who her parents are. But they also know she had travelled miles from Surrey to get down here and she dashed into the house.

‘She must have known what she was doing was wrong.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Amanda’s reps for further comment. Devon and Cornwall Police declined to comment.

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