Amanda Holden ‘devastated’ at lockdown rule breakon February 14, 2021 at 4:15 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

The Britain’s Got Talent judge admits she travelled over 200 miles after a “distressing” call from her parents.

Amanda Holden

image copyrightGetty Images

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said she is “devastated” at breaking lockdown rules by travelling to see her parents in Cornwall.

She made the trip of more than 200 miles after receiving a “distressing” phone call from her father, her agent said in a statement.

Travel is banned except for essential journeys under coronavirus regulations.

The Sun, which first reported the story, said neighbours in Cornwall complained to police.

Holden’s agent said “on balance” the TV star and radio host felt the round-trip from London to Cornwall was necessary to deal with an issue at her parents’ home.

“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,” the statement said.

It said she did not “act on a whim” and has followed coronavirus regulations “every step of the way” in England’s three lockdowns.

“Amanda is aware of the travel rules and is devastated she had to break them on this one occasion,” her agent said. She is now back in London.

Under the rules of the current lockdown, travel outside your local area is banned unless it is essential and people may only meet others in their household, support bubble or childcare bubble.

However, there are exceptions for providing care for disabled or vulnerable people or to provide emergency assistance.

Holden’s parents have both been vaccinated and she is being tested weekly, so she felt she was not putting her parents at risk, the statement said.

The presenter had been working on her Heart Radio show earlier on Friday, where she was presented with gifts to mark her 50th birthday, which is on Tuesday.

Around the BBC iPlayer banner
Around the BBC iPlayer footer
- Advertisement -




Zara Aleena: Woman killed on street was loved by everybody, says familyon July 1, 2022 at 12:45 pm

The aspiring lawyer, killed in a London street attack, was empathetic and fearless, her aunt says.Image source, Met PoliceA woman killed in a street...

BBC reporter: Scale of destruction in Borodyanka, in Kyiv region is extraordinaryon April 13, 2022 at 11:32 am

Anna Foster is in Borodyanka showing the scale of damage left behind in the Kyiv region.

What China’s worst drought on record looks likeon August 24, 2022 at 12:04 am

Satellite images show extent of severe drought along the Yangtze River in ChinaSatellite images show extent of severe drought along the Yangtze River in...

German chancellor says he won’t send fighter jets to Ukraineon January 29, 2023 at 5:01 pm

The request for the jets comes just days after Germany committed to supplying Leopard 2 tanks.Image source, EPABy Antoinette RadfordBBC NewsThe German chancellor has...

Giant Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank to become space light showon July 23, 2022 at 8:24 am

The giant Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank is transformed into a space-themed light and sound show.Image source, BluedotThe UK's largest radio telescope -...