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Amanda Holden Admits She Once Went On A Date With Simon Cowell (But Things Didn't End Well)

'I pre-ordered a cab to come and get me at 10.30pm.'

20/03/2016 09:36 GMT | Updated 20/03/2016 09:55 GMT

We always thought Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell’s flirty relationship on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ was just friendly banter, but it transpires that the pair did actually once go out on a date.

Amanda dropped the bombshell during an interview with the Daily Mail, but admitted that the pair were always destined to be no more than just good friends.

“A very long time ago, when we were both single, we went out on a date,” Amanda revealed. “But I pre-ordered a cab to come and get me at 10.30pm, which made him laugh and he never forgot that.”

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Yeah, definitely not interested.

But despite Simon claiming he hired Amanda for ‘BGT’ because he fancied her, she’s not having any of it.

“Simon always tells people he hired me because he fancied me but that’s absolute nonsense. He doesn’t go for blondes,” she said.

One thing Amanda does agree with Simon about is the fact he turned her career around when her public image was at an all-time low after she was caught having an affair.

“Simon always tells me he is responsible for making people like me. Of course I hate him saying that, but it’s true,” she admits.

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Amanda hit the front pages after her marriage of two years to ‘Coronation Street’ star Les Dennis came to an end, after her affair with ‘Men Behaving Badly’ star Neil Morrissey made the front pages in 2000.

“All of a sudden I was seen as this nasty little minx, a marriage wrecker,” she says. “I didn’t know how to handle it.

“It was a really difficult time. I was caught. It was awful for everyone involved and the fact it was all over the papers every day made things incredibly messy.”

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Amanda is now happily married to Chris Hughes, although she recently admitted that her pet goldfish gets more attention these days than her husband.

“We’re both so busy,” she laughs. “It’s about trying to carve out a bit of time for us - we have to explain to the girls that they must go to bed and let us have time alone, which is hard.

“My poor husband - he’s so far down the list. He’s prioritised after the pet fish.”

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