Holly Willoughby shocks fans by revealing secret celebrity cousin

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Celebrities in this day and age don’t have many secrets, with the stars’ personal lives often splashed across newspapers and social media meaning that fans don’t often get any surprises.

However, Holly Willoughby shocked her followers over the festive season by revealing that she has a rather famous cousin – EastEnders’ star Tamzin Outhwaite.

A post shared by hollywilloughby (@hollywilloughby) on Dec 26, 2017 at 12:03pm PST

Posting on Instagram, Holly shared a photo of herself alongside Tamzin and the family matriarch, 87-year-old Nanny Lina, as they spent the Christmas holiday together.

Captioning the photo, Holly wrote: “Me and @glamzin and our Nonna Matriarch! In true #eastendersstyle… faaaaamly! Xxx FYI.., @glamzin is my cousin [sic]”.

Many of Holly’s followers wondered how they had gone so long without knowing this titbit of information, however, others seemed to be a little bit more in the know as they clarified in the comments that Tamzin is actually Holly’s husband Dan Baldwin’s cousin – not her blood relative.

The revelation sparked a bit of a debate as Holly’s fans argued about whether or not the star was right to refer to the actress as her cousin.

One wrote: “Tamzin is Dan’s (Holly’s husbands) cousin not Holly’s. Confused AF [as f***] but whatever”.

Another added: “She’s Dan’s cousin, not yours.”

However, others defended Holly’s choice of words – pointing out that it is evident that Holly is just incredibly close with her in-laws.

Tamzin shot to fame playing Mel in EastEnders. Copyright: [BBC]
Tamzin shot to fame playing Mel in EastEnders. Copyright: [BBC]

They wrote: “When you marry someone they become your family! She is obviously proud of the fact!”

“I call my husband’s sister my little sister. I guess it depends how close a family you are. In the grand scheme of things, I just think it really doesn’t matter, it’s not hurting anyone.”

Meanwhile, Tamzin shared her own version of the photo on her Instagram page, writing: “Boxing Day at the Baldwin’s… Family tradition…. Nanny Lina, the oldest member at 87, and @hollywilloughby”.

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