Amanda Holden reveals husband Chris Hughes has ‘free pass’ to date ex Strictly star

Amanda Holden, the 52 year old presenter, revealed on her Heart Radio show that her husband Chris Hughes has a cheeky "free pass" to date former Strictly Come Dancing star Rachel Riley. She made this confession while chatting with comedian Joe Wilkinson, known for his appearances on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Amanda playfully referred to Rachel as a "difficult woman", but quickly added: "No, she is lovely." The Britain's Got Talent judge then admitted that her hubby Chris has a big crush on Rachel.

"You see that is my husband's pink pass. He's got a real thing for Rachel Riley. I would allow him to take her out…for a coffee."

When Joe asked for more details about Amanda's "pink pass", and if kissing and cuddling would be allowed if Chris ever went on a date with Rachel, Amanda replied with a tease: "You work out the maths," before asking: "But is she as attractive in real life, would you say?"

Amanda was sure that Chris and Rachel would never cross paths in real life, but Joe thought it could happen since both Amanda and Rachel work in telly. The pair have been happily hitched for 15 years, but they didn't start going out until a year after they first bumped into each other in Los Angeles.

The lovebirds said 'I do' in 2008, with their little girl Lexi there to see it, and she's chatted before about what makes a marriage happy. Chatting to HELLO! about her relationship with Chris, she said having a laugh has been the secret to their long-lasting love. "Chris is very funny and errs on the side of lightness. We can make jokes out of any situation throughout the best and darkest times of our lives," she sweetly said.

She had a laugh saying he was "rubbish at romance", but admired him for being there "for the solid things" like cleaning her car, and helping her chill out. "He's a proper bloke who looks after me. I'm a strong, opinionated woman, but he helps steer the Mandy ship," Amanda lovingly said.

Earlier this year, she told OK! that the secret to a happy marriage was still fancying each other, and she was as attracted to Chris as she was the day they first met. "We'll be eating dinner in a restaurant, he'll go to the loo, then I'll look up and catch a glimpse of a man and think he's fit! Then I'll realise, 'Gosh, that's my husband!' I still fancy him," she gushed.

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