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Amanda Holden has confessed her mother once told her to steal food for breakfast while they were strapped for cash during a childhood holiday.
The 50-year-old presenter told comedian Alan Carr on his Life's a Beach podcast that her mum directed her to nab some cereal while on a ferry.
She said: "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'."
Holden later joked that her mum would "kill me for admitting this", after she made the revelation.
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Holden's successful TV and radio career means she now doesn't have to worry about the cost of breakfast, but she discussed her own recent trip to Portugal in which she had to shell out several thousand pounds on COVID-19 testing.
The presenter revealed she and her family travelled to the European country during the time when it was on the government's green list for travel.
She said: "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 chose to, I could have got in a queue at Faro airport and got one for €25 (£21.46), but I probably would have caught COVID as well, because the queue was round the block."
Holden has been critical of some of the government's rule changes during the recent months of the pandemic and recently sparked controversy by sharing a poster for an anti-lockdown march on her Instagram.
In February, she admitted to breaching lockdown rules by driving more than 200 miles after receiving a "concerning" phone call from her elderly father.
Her agent made it clear that Holden "did not act on a whim and has adhered to COVID rules every step of the way in all three lockdowns".
Also on Carr's podcast, Holden admitted that she and her husband once tried and failed in an attempt to join the Mile High Club while on a flight.
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