I refused to wallow after my marriage breakdown, now Amanda Holden's trying to find me a new man, says Alan Carr | The Sun

ALAN Carr and his bestie Amanda Holden first became friends when Amanda appeared on Alan’s Chatty Man show back in 2009.

But the pair are now closer than ever after filming their new BBC show, Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job, in which they moved to Italy for six months to renovate a house they bought for €1 to then sell to charity.

But the celebrity duo haven’t just been filming their new programme – Alan revealed that Amanda has also been helping him try to find a new man, since his marriage breakdown earlier this year.

In January, Alan announced his separation from partner of 14 years Paul Drayton after Paul was convicted of drink-driving.

Alan told Fabulous: “Yes, I definitely did need a project and it did take my mind off of it.”

Amanda added: “Well, you just haven’t stopped. That’s the best way sometimes to deal with things like that. 

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“You just get your head down and keep working, because you have to try to keep things as normal as possible.

"Alan’s not someone that wallows in sadness.”

Alan nodded: “I wallow in pasta, yes, but not sadness. It was a really crappy year. 

“I got to Italy and I was so excited, but I saw the mess and I was thinking: ‘Do I need this right now?’ 

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"Amanda and I were showbiz mates, but by the end of the summer we were such good friends. We’re always texting. 

“So even if no one buys this house, I’ve come out of it with a better friendship than I went in.

"We could actually probably go on holiday together now.”

Amanda revealed that she earned her friendship stripes in Italy by trying to help Alan find love again.

She joked: “I was like Cilla Black. Basically, if they were breathing and single, they were in line for Alan.

 “I think a lot of them thought me and Alan were married and I might not know something.”

Alan added: “I heard some people saying in Sicilian: ‘Look at that poor deluded woman with her homosexual husband!’

“I was on the lookout for love, though.

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"Amanda would find them for me and bring them over.

"It was a bit like going on Love Island. But no success.”

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