Bio and birth dates - facts on Amanda, Chris and Lexi, plus Amanda's pregnancy
Actress Amanda Holden found out that she was pregnant with her first child with her then fiance Chris Hughes in 2005 when she was filming her television series, Wild At Heart, in Africa but wanted to keep it a secret. Amanda tried all the tactics to try and conceal her pregnancy news, especially after a producer noticed her boobs had gotten bigger!
"No-one noticed until the editor told the director that my boobs looked bigger in one scene than the other. I suggested it was due to the heat!" Amanda said at the time.
During her pregnancy, Amanda admitted that she had been playing classic musical to try and make her daughter more intelligent! "I played her my favourite, Abba, but ended up with indigestion," Amanda joked at the time. Amanda also revealed that she didn't have any pregnancy food cravings, but instead craved the smell of fruit-scented soap!
Amanda gave birth to a girl named Alexa, at a London hospital on January 21, by Caesarean. Amanda's daughter, who she calls 'Lexi', weighed in at 6lbs. "Lexi is absolutely gorgeous. "Amanda and Chris are completely on a high and feeling fantastic," a spokesman for the couple said at the time.
In December 2008, Amanda and Chris got married at Babington House, Somerset, where Formula One racing driver, David Coulthard was the best man! Amanda was previously married to TV presenter Les Dennis from 1995 until they divorced in 2003.
Amanda was regularly spotted at celebrity events with her little mini-me daughter in tow, and admitted that her little girl isn't a fussy eater - much to her relief! "Lexi has very grown-up taste in food. She counts cashews, olives and taramsalata among her favorite foods. I really love that Lexi‘s not a fussy eater"
In January 2011, Amanda announced she was pregnant with not her second, but her third child, after she revealed that she had a miscarriage previously. Amanda was six months pregnant when she announced her baby news, and admitted that the reason she kept her pregnancy quiet is because she suffered a miscarriage the previous year, at four months.
"Just to let you know. I am 6 months pregnant with a baby boy!! Have had to keep it quiet until now!" Amanda tweeted at the time. "Their delight is increased by the fact that last year she tragically lost a baby. As they are sure everyone will understand they needed to get the all clear from the doctor before they shared their very happy news," a spokesperson said.
Amanda revealed that she managed to conceal her growing baby bump with maternity Spanx and cleverly placed handbags! She also revealed that daughter Lexi was delighted by the prospect of being a big sister. "Lexi put her hands on my bump and said: 'Is that true life, Mama?' "She was asking if the baby could see her and when we said he couldn't she suggested feeding him carrots so he could see in the dark!"
Tragically, a month after Amanda made her pregnancy news public, it was announced that she had lost her third baby at seven months. Amanda was checked into the hospital after she felt worried that she hadn't felt her baby move during that day.
Two weeks after her devastating news, Amanda spoke out for the first time since her loss, with a heartfelt tweet to her Twitter fans. “Chris and I would like to thank you all for the thousands of messages offering support and love during this horrendous time.”
After a few weeks of grieving with her husband and daughter, Amanda got back to work as the judge on Britain's Got Talent and started rehearsals for her role as Princess Fiona, in Shrek the Musical. Amanda requested that all the scenes from the pre-recorded shows of BGT got re-shot, as she didn't want any reminders of her pregnancy when the show aired.
Despite her two miscarriage and stillbirth tragedies, she still feels positive about having more children. "I’m a naturally really optimistic girl. Although what’s happened is obviously horrifying, there’s no reason why we don’t have…you know, we can go on and have more children," Amanda said recently.
"Our future’s bright and you have to turn negatives into positives, and try and see everything as a blessing and that’s exactly what we’ve done."
On August 23, 2011, Amanda announced that six months following her heart breaking stillbirth, she was pregnant again. Announced the news on Twiter and then on her official website, Amanda said she was "thrilled and overwhelmed" about being pregnant again and was putting her pregnancy first by finishing her stint on Shrek The Musical eight weeks early.
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