Is this the REAL reason why Holly Willoughby skipped Ant McPartlin and Anne-Marie’s wedding?

HOLLY Willoughby skipped Ant McPartlin’s wedding over fears she would bump into bosses from her ex-management company, friends claim.

The This Morning star was notably AWOL from her close pal’s nuptials to Anne-Marie Corbett.


Sources close to Holly, 40, insist she never planned on attending on Saturday — despite being invited.

But insiders feel her hand was forced by the knowledge YMU senior execs would be there.

The star is embroiled in a legal battle with the company which also represents Ant and telly pal Declan Donnelly, both 45.

A source said: “Holly is an incredibly close friend of Ant’s and when she failed to turn up to the church, or reception, it got people talking.

“People who know her said she swerved the wedding as it would have been hugely awkward for her to come face-to-face with the people she is battling with.”

Holly’s row with YMU has been bubbling under the surface for a year. The company is said to want a percentage of her future earnings.

But Holly, who quit YMU to be managed by a female-only team under her Roxy Management last August, is preparing to fight back and will take a stand.

She swerved the wedding as it would have been hugely awkward for her to come face-to-face with the people she is battling with.

Holly and Ant have been friends for many years. Holly’s This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield, 59, also represented by YMU, was on the guest list.

But those close to Holly said she was absent for other legitimate reasons and that she had spoken privately with Ant and his new wife.

A source said: “Holly would not have missed Ant’s wedding if she really couldn’t help it.

“She wouldn’t miss a friend’s wedding because of anything business-related.

“That’s just not the case. Anyone who knows her knows how important her friendships are to her.

“There’s another reason she couldn’t be there and she’s explained this to the people who matter the most in this — Ant and Anne-Marie.”

Holly wrote “Congratulations” with four love hearts below a picture of Ant and Anne-Marie posted online.


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