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Amanda Holden shares story of being so poor her mum made her steal Sugar Puffs


Amanda Holden has cast her mind back to a childhood memory where she was asked by her mother to steal breakfast cereals in order to feed herself.

The 50-year-old Britain’s Got Talent judge is said to be worth a reported £20 million following the past few decades of acting and presenting work.

However, it seems Mandy and her family would struggle to get by when she was a youngster growing up in the south of England.

The TV star has recalled a time when her mother, Judith, encouraged Amanda and her sister Debbie to swipe cereal from a breakfast bar after they ran out of money.



Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden has recalled a time her mum told her to ‘swipe’ cereal to feed herself

She told Alan Carr’s Life’s a Beach holiday podcast: “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’.”

Amanda promptly added during her confession: “My mum will kill me for admitting this.”



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Amanda recalled stealing Sugar Puffs when her mum ran out of money

The star has certainly turned her life around since her childhood holiday – and earlier this year made history by becoming the first host in UK TV history to be working for the main TV networks concurrently in one year.

Amanda is due back on the judging panel of BGT later this year on ITV, and recently thrilled audiences as a judge on the BBC’s I Can See Your Voice.

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She is also to present a project on Channel 4 – with news of the record-making show breaking in May.

A source said at the time: “This is the first time Amanda has worked with Channel 4.

“It’s a top-secret brand new show format and will take Amanda back to her TV roots, having started out on shows like Kiss Me Kate, Hearts and Bones and Cutting It in the Nineties. Everyone wants a piece of Amanda right now.”

Away from television, Amanda is also kept busy as a host on Heart FM – with a show she co-hosts with Jamie Theakston.



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The star has come a long way in the intervening years

While the star has enjoyed plenty of success on the airwaves and on screens, she did suffer a rare hiccup during a recent gig.

Amanda was tasked with announcing the UK’s scores at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest – which was hosted in the Netherlands.

She appeared on screens and made a poor taste joke about the many languages that are spoken across the continent – sparking a backlash from loyal Eurovision fans who blasted her for being ‘disrespectful’ to the contest.





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