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TV’s golden girl, Amanda Holden, says 2019 has been one of the "best" and "most extraordinary" years yet, despite public feud with Philip Schofield.
Like most people, the year drawing to a close has inspired Amanda to reflect on her “top nine” moments on Instagram. And the mum-of-two shared an empowering message alongside some of her highlights.
She wrote, “2019 has turned out to be one of the best and most extraordinary years of my life.”
Appearing to make a thinly-veiled dig at her well-documented fall-out with Philip, she added, “I started 2019 with great determination and a new headspace which was to suffer no fools, to put my energy into good people and honestly not give a damn about the rest!
“It’s hard because I’m naturally a people pleaser… but it’s paid off and I have never felt stronger or happier.”
It comes after Amanda, 48, accused Philip, 57, of ruining her chances of taking over Holly Willoughby’s coveted spot on This Morning while she covered Ant McPartlin’s absence on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here back in 2018.
Despite regularly covering Holly and Phil’s summer holidays with Rylan Clark-Neal, Amanda was overlooked at the end of last year when the spot next to Phil was given to Rochelle Humes. And Amanda believes he had a lot to do with that decision.
“[Amanda] feels Phil unfairly used his powers of persuasion. She was told he’d chosen Rochelle because she was easier to ‘manage’ on air — and understandably that incensed her,” a source close to the star revealed.
Admitting she did try and hold out an olive branch, Amanda, 48, said, “I did offer to meet up with him for coffee months ago — he didn’t rely to my text.”
He branded the claims “hurtful” and “wildly untrue” on Twitter.
But Amanda didn’t let the fall-out distract her from her blossoming career, which saw her become the UK’s top-earning female TV star in 2019 after landing an estimated £3million deal as a Heart radio breakfast presenter and £1million music contract.
Referring to her success, the Britain’s Got Talent judge went on to say, “So many ambitions and dreams realised” before paying tribute to her gorgeous family.
“In the centre of it all my beautiful family… My anchor Chris. None of it means anything without them.”
You’ve got us all teary, Amanda!