09/04/2014 06:10 BST | Updated 09/04/2014 06:59 BST

'Britain's Got Talent' Judge Amanda Holden Says 'BGT' Helped Her 'Drop Minxy Husband Stealer Image'

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Amanda Holden has thanked the show for helping her to ditch the “minxy husband stealer image” she found herself stuck with after her affair with Neil Morrissey.

The TV talent show judge has admitted that it took a long time to shake off the affair, adding that she reckons ‘BGT’ has helped the public get to know the real Amanda.

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Amanda Holden

“It took a long time for me to drop that image after having an affair when I was married to Les,” she told The Sun. "I think people always had me down as a minxy husband stealer.

“On 'Britain’s Got Talent' I was able to be vulnerable, and I was a mummy and I was able to show people who I am now.”

Amanda had an affair with Neil while she was married to Les Dennis. The TV personality is now married to Chris Hughes, and the couple have two daughters.

Amanda also revealed that she’s spoken to ‘BGT’ boss Simon Cowell about the matter, who was as modest as we’d expect.

"Simon always says to me: ’You have me to thank for people liking you’. He’s so modest,” Amanda said. “It doesn’t feel like I’ve done every year.

"When people say this is your eighth year, I question it all the time, but then I remember absolutely the day that I got the job and I was literally stirring soup and Lexi had just turned one.

“I had no idea what it would turn into, Simon completely undersold it.

“I think he was covering his back. He said it was just a tester show, and he wanted it to work but he wasn’t sure if it was going to.”

Prior to her star turn on the judging panel Amanda worked as actress, starring in shows including ‘Cutting It’ and ‘Wild At Heart’, but now, she’s more well-known for her time spent giving her opinions on circus acts and dancing dogs.

“Now it’s the thing that people remember me for, and obviously that’s great, I’m not knocking that, but I think people sometimes forget I was an actress,” she added. “It felt odd, frightening and good to go from acting to being myself."

The latest trailer for 'BGT' stars Amanda's adorable daughter Holly, alongside Alesha Dixon and her daughter Azura.

'BGT' returns on Saturday 12 April on ITV1.

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