Amanda Holden reacts to pal Simon Cowell’s engagement: ‘I’m shocked!’

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Amanda Holden has joked she’s ‘as shocked as Lauren Silverman’ after Simon Cowell revealed he is engaged to his long-term partner.

After going public with their romance in 2013, Simon, 62, – who shares seven-year-old son Eric with Lauren, 44 – has finally put a ring on it, with pal Amanda sharing her reaction today.

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The star, who appears alongside the media mogul on Britain’s Got Talent, has already been trying to find out her friend’s wedding plans after getting the heads up via text on Tuesday evening.

Appearing on Heart FM on Wednesday, Amanda said: ‘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 told co-hosts Jamie Theakston and Ashley Roberts: ‘I have to say, I’m probably as shocked as Lauren!

‘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!

He put a ring on it!💍@SimonCowell is engaged to the beautiful Lauren Silverman and @AmandaHolden and @ImAshleyRoberts have all the goss for ya 😜 pic.twitter.com/AZtkuSVKWB

— Heart (@thisisheart) January 12, 2022

Simon and Lauren share a seven-year-old son (Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

‘Whilst Simon never thought he was the marrying type, he’s realised he’s met the woman of his dreams – and couldn’t be happier. In the words of Beyoncé, it was time to put a ring on it.’

However, there are the logistics to take into account, as we just know Simon’s nuptials will be an extravagant affair.

Amanda admitted they didn’t think he’d get married (Picture: Beretta/Sims/REX)

Amanda went on: ‘I would love to think [the wedding would be this year].

‘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! Honestly, they need to think about the guests!’

Simon – whose former partners include Sinitta and Terri Seymour – once claimed that he didn’t believe in marriage as a celebrity as he feared that he would lose out financially by tying the knot.

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In 2008, he said: ‘I don’t believe in marriage, certainly not in this business.

‘The truth is that you get married and in a year or two they clean you out! It’s just not going to work.’

How the tables turn, eh?

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