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Amanda Holden on how ex Les Dennis was her ‘saviour’ during ‘dark time’ after affair

Support from the last person she deserved

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Amanda Holden balked the trend of bitter exes, speaking kindly about her former husband Les Dennis.

The mum-of-two, 51, is happily married to her husband Chris Hughes.

However she was previously hitched to comedian and actor Les, who she said was her ‘rock’ during a particularly testing time.

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Amanda Holden used to be married to comedian Les Dennis Credit: ITV)

Neil Morrissey affair

Les separated from Amanda in 2002, two years after it was revealed she had a five-week affair with Men Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey.

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Amanda met Neil on the set of BBC’s Happy Birthday Shakespeare and told the Daily Mail that the media scrutiny was the ‘worst time of her life’.

She said: “I brought it on myself, I appreciate that, but nothing will ever be as bad again. It was a very dark time. It got to the point where I felt I could hardly breathe.”

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Amanda’s praise for ex Les

Amanda’s rescuer came in the most unlikely form – the man she’d betrayed, Les.

She mused: “Les proved to be my saviour. Ironically. So the person I’d hurt the most in the world was the one who was there for me.”

Amanda was only 22 when she married the comedian, who was 18 years her senior.

Speaking about her admiration for her ex, the mum-of-two said she admired Les for not hiding his emotions, adding that she wished she wasn’t always such a “people pleaser”.

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Amanda Holden’s second husband

The actress met her husband Chris, a record producer, in 2003.

The pair dated for seven years before getting married in 2010.

Joining them at their star-studded nuptials was their daughter Lexi, who was nearly two.

They then welcomed their second daughter Hollie in 2012.

Amanda often posts loved-up pics of her and Chris and told Hello! magazine he was a ‘proper bloke’ that ‘looked after her’.

The couple have had their fair share of tragedy with Amanda sadly giving birth to their stillborn son Theo, aged seven months.

However, Amanda said Chris does a great job of ‘steering the Mandy ship’ by making sure she occasionally relaxes.

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