Amanda Holden slams reports of Holly Willoughby feud as 'utter rubbish'

The star said the story about tension between her and Willoughby is 'completely made up'

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)  Amanda Holden (L) and Holly Willoughby arrive at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in association with Pandora at Berkeley Square Gardens on May 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Amanda Holden and Holly Willoughby pictured together in 2012. (Dave M Benett/Getty Images)

Amanda Holden has hit back at claims of a “toxic feud” between her and Holly Willoughby, saying it is “utter rubbish”.

The Britain’s Got Talent star took to Instagram to set the record straight after a story said there had been tension for a while and that there was rivalry between them over jobs. The article also claimed that Holden had mocked the statement Willoughby made when she returned to This Morning after a break amid the Phillip Schofield scandal.

“The story in The Sun today about Holly and I is completely made up, full of contradictions and just utter rubbish,” she wrote.

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“Sadly, this means every other paper will now write it too. So I have to put this up for a few hours to try and add perspective and truth.”

Holden said “strong and intelligent women have for far too long been pitted against each other when we should all be celebrated in our own right”.

“What a surprise the article is written by a MAN,” she added.

“The ‘rift’ story now circulating as a result of this article – which I have woken up to this morning and was not checked for factual correctness – simply does not exist.

“There have been some huge assumptions made this week and everyone has feasted on them.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Amanda Holden attends the Britain's Got Talent 2023 Photocall at London Palladium on January 27, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Amanda Holden said the story was made up. (WireImage)

The star went on: “These types of articles need to stop. The language around women (in most pieces I read every day) is laughable. It’s so different to how men are written about. Women are still expected to say nothing, suffer silently and just get on with it. And we do… mostly.”

Holden, 52, also suggested that such stories were just there to “distract” people from the real news.

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“We are becoming a world which is gradually being eroded of all its best qualities – humour, backbone and truth,” she added.

Holden’s name has come up in many articles amid the This Morning saga, which saw Schofield departing and admitting to having an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a much younger ITV staff member and claims of the programme being a toxic workplace.

Holly Willoughby admitted she felt shaken returning to This Morning. (ITV)
Some thought Amanda Holden poked fun at Holly Willoughby's speech when she returned to This Morning. (ITV)

Reports have claimed that there is no love lost between Holden and Schofield.

Some people have also suggested that she mocked the speech Willoughby gave on her return to the sofa, in which the presenter asked viewers if they were “OK”.

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Comparisons were drawn between that and one of Holden’s Instagram videos as she told fans she was “OK” as she showed off a white outfit, the same colour Willoughby was wearing for her speech.

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