Amanda Holden has spoken out on Simon Cowell's surprise proposal to long-term girlfriend Lauren Silverman.
The 62 year old music mogul is said to have got down on one knee to ask Lauren, 44, to marry him during a romantic sun-soaked holiday to Barbados after 13 years and one son Eric, seven, together.
Now, radio host and long time friend of Simon, Amanda, has opened up on the magical engagement as she discussed it with Heart FM co-stars Ashley Roberts and Jamie Theakston.
As Jamie, 51, and 40 year old Ashley asked for details around the proposal, Amanda confessed: "I have to say, I’m probably as shocked as Lauren!"
Quizzing her, Ashley replied: "Because Simon said he would never get married?"
To which Amanda responded: "Simon said he would never get married, and obviously Lauren has been by his side and you now they’ve been through so much together, and I think she’s the one, but I don’t know if she ever thought he would put a ring on it!"
The TV personality, who recently put on a leggy display in a leather dress, went on to share how she found out about the proposal before the media reported on it.
"And then last night we all got the text saying, 'It’s happening,' and we couldn’t believe it, and I knew it would be in the papers today if we got the text last night. So I was like oh my goodness!" she said.
As Jamie asked whether the wedding would take place in 2022, Amanda explained that she questioned the same thing.
She even texted Simon and Lauren to find out details about their wedding in advance so she could book plane tickets before prices go up.
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"I would love to think so," Amanda started. "I’m literally messaging them as we speak going, 'Do I need to book flights to Barbados because I want to get in before the prices go up, let me know.'
"Also I’ve got to book time off work, I’ve got to get a hat. I’m thinking who’s going to look after the kids? Are the kids invited, now come on!"
Amanda added: "Honestly, they need to think about the guests!"
A source told The Sun of Simon's engagement on 11 January as they said: “Simon and Lauren are ridiculously, nauseatingly in love. Incredibly, lockdown brought them closer than ever.
“Lauren was absolutely stunned and never in a million years expected Simon to pop the question.
“She burst into tears – happy tears – and obviously said ‘yes’ straight away.”
Tune in to Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden weekdays from 06:30 – 10:00.
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