Amanda Holden has no plans to let her beauty standards slip, telling us that she’d love to still look great at 95!
The Britain’s Got Talent star, 50, reveals that she loves hearing how great she looks for her age, and is thrilled when she gets compliments about how she seems to be ageing backwards.
“I have been called Mandy Button in the past, which is such a flattering thing! It’s brilliant,” she tells us, at an interview to mark her being signed up as the new face of Charles Worthington London.
“I don’t think I look 50 but I don’t think I look 30. I just like people saying I look good for my age and that’s how I’d like it to continue regardless if I’m 60, 70, 80 or whatever. I’d like to be going I’m 95, you know!’” she laughs.
Amanda works hard for her youthful good looks, but certainly doesn’t lead a joyless, fun-free, fat-free existence. “I do look after myself, I run, I do yoga, I’m a vegetarian. But I do love a drink. I don’t deny myself anything,” she says.
“After lockdown and us all being denied our freedoms, I just think: ‘Don’t deny yourself now, just enjoy life.’ Everything in moderation, but if you want a glass of wine or a doughnut, have one. Life is too short. I’m not one of those ‘all or nothing’ people, I can’t live like that.”
Amanda tells us she’s delighted at scoring her first ever hair gig, particularly as she, her two girls, Lexi and Holly, and her husband Chris have all used the brand’s products for years.
“I use the Volume & Bounce hairspray every day, because there are always paps waiting at the Heart FM studio – it’s always a red carpet day for me,” she says. “So I have to maintain. But I’m a girl who maintains for her own dignity anyway.”
Here’s what she had to tell us when we caught up over a ritzy afternoon tea to celebrate Charles Worthington London’s 25th anniversary.
Congratulations on landing your first-ever hair campaign!
Good things come to those who wait. It’s something I always wanted, I’ve watched my peers doing it, and thought “Gosh it’s never gonna happen to me. I’m 50, and it’s passed me by.” But this is the perfect marriage with Charles Worthington. They know what they’re doing. I know what I’m doing. And 50 doesn’t really mean anything anymore – I look at women like JLo, Kylie and Jennifer Aniston turning that age and being so amazing.
It’s the new 30! But was there any psychological wobble at the milestone?
No, I think I had more of a wobble when I turned 30. I got divorced and I was like “s***, I’m 30. I’m supposed to be having children and stuff at this point.” But at 50 I think I was just in such a good place. I just went “Yeah, I’m 50, I feel fabulous and I just don’t care.”
What makes you so happy right now?
My family, being in love, having good people in my life that look after me. My husband – god, we are different people but he is my biggest, proudest champion. He’s not a yes man, but he is ‘Go Mandy’ all the time. So it’s just wonderful.
Not many people use the phrase “in love” after 13 years of marriage..
Oh god I really fancy Chris. We’ll be eating dinner in a restaurant, he’ll go to the loo, then I’ll look up, catch a glimpse of a man and think “he’s fit” and then realise “f***, that’s my husband! I still fancy him!” He challenges me and I challenge him, and I think that’s the secret to a good marriage.
What’s your skincare secret?
The biggest thing for me is not using the same product all the time so I try to change everything up at least every three to four months. I also have a treatment called Morpheus Eight, which is basically stamping your face to make the collagen rush to it and give everything a lift. It’s amazing. I’ve done it on my neck and chest too.
Did you really miss not being able to have clinic treatments last year?
It was massages I missed more than facials. I just missed going to a professional, rather than my husband doing it with strings. He’s really good at massage. But that always comes at a price… You work it out! [laughs uproariously]
It’s lucky you fancy him then!
[Laughs even more] He’s got very strong thumbs!
Would you ever consider cosmetic surgery?
I don’t know because my gene pool is a good gene pool. I’m really lucky. We’ve got big cheeks in our family and good jawlines. So I think as long as that’s all staying like that, I don’t mind.
No plans to give up on the maintenance then?
No, but Chris and I always say, “Shall we go to seed in our 70s and just eat and drink what we want?” I’m like, “I don’t know babe, we’ll make a decision then.” I keep thinking I’ll be retired by then but I probably won’t. I don’t want to retire, I enjoy it all too much. I’ll slow down a bit though, and hopefully have some grandchildren by then. I don’t want my children to wait until they’re nearly 40 because I will be dead!
Are you still really ambitious?
I think “ambition” has often been a word you would use to describe a female baddie in a novel, someone who’s conniving. But I think it’s a really positive word. I’m still striving for more, even though loads of my ambitions have been fulfilled. I’ve pitched something that’s hopefully going to be done by the BBC.
Do you have big plans for Christmas this year?
We’re going away for Christmas for the first time ever. We’re going to the Caribbean, just me, Chris and the kids. It’s something I’ve always said I wouldn’t do, but I got so cross with lockdown, I just don’t want to be here. I just want to be in the warm. My teenager will hate it, but it will probably be the last one where I get her. She’ll be off with her friends soon.
Your girls are growing up so fast, how are you feeling about that?
It’s horrible that it goes so quickly. I look back at gorgeous pictures on my phone and just think “Oh god I really didn’t appreciate them when they were young.” Lexi is taller than me now and a beautiful looking girl. She’s confident but quiet and studious, not got into any kind of mishaps yet! And my little Holly is a mini me. She’s a complete fairy, she dances and sings at every opportunity. We’re really lucky, we’ve got two really good, healthy, gorgeous girls, but time is our greatest enemy. That’s why I make everything second count.
We’re excited for the return of Britain’s Got Talent…
It’s always my January, and it’s so great to have it back – hopefully in the correct way. We’ve had enough. Let’s just get rid of the masks, let’s get the people in the audience. If people can go back to the theatre they can come back to Britain’s Got Talent.
Are you looking forward to outraging viewers with your outfits again?
I laugh at how a bit of side boob can cause such a furore. I’m like, “well as long as they’re talking about my t**s…” [laughs] I find it funny. We should be able to dress how we want. There’s no interpretation. I’m not sexy, it’s everyone else sexualising. I think I was the top complaint until Piers Morgan overtook me. Damn!
Your side boob is officially less offensive than Piers storming off Good Morning Britain.
[laughs] I would much rather people be offended by how I look than by how I speak. One hundred percent!
To mark the brand’s 25th anniversary, Amanda Holden has been appointed Charles Worthington London’s new celebrity ambassador