Glamorous and empowered Amanda Holden has never looked or felt better, and she isn’t afraid to let people know it.
The 52-year-old Britain’s Got Talent judge has clearly become more confident with age, regularly sharing sexy holiday snaps of herself on her socials – to the delight of some but the occasional disapproval of others.
And now a source has told new that Amanda’s learnt to rise above any criticism about her appearance or choice of outfits and has the full support of her husband and kids when she shows off her hard work and body confidence.
“She’s so empowered and confident, and a softie at heart,” they told us. “She feels good about herself and wants to show off her body, and she’ll stick the middle finger up to the trolls because she’s such a headstrong and empowered woman. She’ll never stop wearing raunchy outfits."
Amanda is now reportedly one of the highest-paid women on UK TV and said to be earning close to £1 million for her BGT work alone. With her high profile comes a much brighter spotlight and more unwarranted opinions, but Amanda has said she’s reached a point in her life where she can just ignore them.
“You reach an age where you care less because you have more of an insight on life, what’s important and how crucial it is to keep pushing forward and living the way you want to live,” she told a newspaper recently.
Proving the point, she was back on telly this week with her new Sky History show, Sex: A Bonkers History, which put the star in the news once more.
The series looks at the sometimes-bizarre sexual behaviours through the ages as Amanda and co-presenter Dan Jones “shine a light on the most seductive sex stories that are sure to get your heart racing”.
Amanda has acknowledged the irony of her being the one to front the sex-focused history show given the furore some of her racy looks have created in the past.
“It’s crazy that when you think of the hoo-ha around some of my outfits now, we’re still there,” she said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous that it’s still going on in an era when we really think that we are ahead of the game.” Refusing to be silenced by criticism, she had a clear message for the trolls, saying, “If they want to talk about my t**s then bring it on!”
While she disregards negative voices, Amanda makes sure her husband Chris Hughes and their two daughters Lexi, 17, and Hollie, 11, are happy with what she posts, our source claimed.
“Her husband and kids are really supportive of her and what she does,” they told us. “They’re all proud of her so they’re happy for her to be empowered, but of course they don’t like seeing her get the negativity and seeing people making fun of her. It can sometimes be frustrating for her, but she won’t let anyone stop her doing what she’s doing because she’s confident in who she is.”
Even Amanda’s choice of outfits on BGT has put her in the trolls’ firing line, with the telly regulator Ofcom getting hundreds of complaints from viewers objecting to some of her low-cut and figure-hugging looks.
Her fellow judges were quick to stand up for her, with Bruno Tonioli saying, “If you got it, flaunt it and you girls [Amanda and Alesha Dixon] got it. I don’t understand this complaining, what is the problem?”
Alesha also made it clear she wouldn’t let other people’s opinions change the way she and Amanda dress and added, “I think at the end of the day, Amanda and I, we are tasteful with what we do. We want to come out looking sexy and feminine and beautiful at the same time.”
Rather than engaging with it, Amanda shields herself from other people’s opinions by limiting the comments on her Instagram page – which has two million followers – meaning only people who follow her and that she follows back can comment on what she posts.
Addressing the move, our source added, “She doesn’t like to see the negativity she gets online and I think her having limited the comments on Instagram just proves that.”
Now in her early fifties, the star has grown in confidence and uses her socials to show off her hard work. Last week she launched her Amanda Holden X Lipsy clothing collection, a far cry from her wardrobe of a few decades ago.
Modelling the range – which includes sequin Bardot dresses and halterneck glitter maxi gowns – she showed yet again that age or disapproving opinions won’t hold her back.
Amanda recently told a newspaper she was done with constantly worrying about what people think of her. “Because one day life is over, and all those opinions people have of you – bad or good – don’t mean a thing,” she said.
You go, girl!
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