Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Amanda Holden 'stable' after giving birth to girl

Amanda Holden has given birth to a daughter, Hollie Rose

TV star Amanda Holden has given birth to a baby girl, but has spent three days in a "critical condition".

The Britain's Got Talent judge is now stable after being treated in an intensive care unit following her admission to hospital on Monday morning.

Her new daughter, Hollie Rose Hughes, was delivered on Monday and is said to be healthy, her spokeswoman said.

No details of 40-year-old Holden's condition have been released, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

Alison Griffin, a spokeswoman for Holden and her husband, Chris Hughes, said: "Amanda has been in a critical condition for the past three days.

"She is now stable and we expect her to make a full recovery very soon. We thank you for respecting their privacy at this time."

Hollie Rose weighed in at 6.1lbs Holden is thought to have been more than eight months pregnant although she had not made public her due date.

The actress, who had been due to be on the BGT panel at auditions this week, already has a daughter, Lexi. But complications during that pregnancy with a low lying placenta meant she gave birth by Caesarean section.

Ms Griffin said she was unable to give any further details about Holden's medical condition at present.

"Until Amanda is in a position to indicate what she wants to say, there's no more information I can give," she said.

Holden is thought to have had a healthy pregnancy up until now, but has had difficulties with previous pregnancies.

There was heartbreak just under a year ago when she lost a child seven months into a pregnancy.

And in 2010 she suffered the ordeal of a miscarriage.

There was drama just days after Holden went public about her latest pregnancy.

She was involved in a collision with a lorry in September which left her vehicle a write-off.

But she told her fans on Twitter that the baby had been unaffected by the crash, and thanked a "Good Samaritan" for getting her to hospital for a health check.

The ordeal forced her to miss some performances of Shrek The Musical, in which she was starring at the time.

She left the production shortly afterwards in order to concentrate on her pregnancy and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh took over as Princess Fiona.

Holden - who has starred in TV's Cutting It and has had West End stage acclaim for her role in a revival of Thoroughly Modern Millie - married music producer Hughes in 2008.

She had previously been married to comic and actor Les Dennis.

Holden's health worries came to light on Tuesday when she was absent from the Britain's Got Talent audition in Blackpool.

She had been due to join fellow judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on the panel at the seaside town.

A spokeswoman for Britain's Got Talent said: "We extend our congratulations to Amanda and Chris on the birth of Hollie and wish Amanda a speedy recovery.

"We look forward to her returning to Britain's Got Talent very soon."

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