Amanda Holden has been left “devastated” after allegedly being reported to police for breaking lockdown rules.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge travelled from her home in London to her parents’ home in Cornwall, after receiving a “distressing” phone call from her father.
Under current lockdown rules, people are only allowed to leave their homes for a select number of reasons, including to buy essential items, or to exercise. Devon and Cornwall Police have recently urged visitors to stay away while the UK is under lockdown.
According to The Sun, neighbours of Holden’s parents allegedly “reported the TV star to police” upon her arrival in the area.
In a statement, Holden’s agent said that “on balance” their client felt the trip was necessary.
“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 added that Holden did not “act on a whim” and has otherwise followed coronavirus lockdown measures “every step of the way”.
“Amanda is aware of the travel rules and is devastated she had to break them on this one occasion,” they added.
Holden’s agent also said that the star’s parents have both been vaccinated for coronavirus, and that Holden did not interact with anyone else during her trip.
Holden, who hosts a programme on Heart Radio, is now back in London.
Last year, Holden released a cover version of “Over the Rainbow”, with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together. The charity supports staff and volunteers working on the front line during the pandemic.
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