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John Bett

Inside Holly Willoughby's celebrity circle and famous friends who will be offering support

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have dominated headlines in recent weeks amid an alleged fracas between the presenters.

Phil ultimately stepped down from This Morning, but a source told the Mirror that Holly has felt 'trapped' by the spiralling crisis and even contemplated quitting.

Holly is said to "love" her work and doesn't want to leave the hit ITV show, but following reports that her relationship with former co-star Phil has 'cooled', she might be turning to her celebrity girl gang for support instead.

Here we've taken a look at Holly's famous friends, from her close bond with Spice Girls star Emma Bunton to Canadian-born singer Nicole Appleton.

Holly Willoughby's celeb chums have probably been lending her support lately (emmaleebunton/Instagram)

In December 2021, Holly shared snaps of her and Emma Bunton with All Saints singer Nicole Appleton onboard the glamorous British Pullman train.

In the snap, Holly and her pals looked delighted as they sipped champagne onboard the private luxury train.

The This Morning host revealed she had given her friends a necklace from her Wylde Moon website, which had only recently launched at the time.

Alongside a photo of the ladies, she wrote: "My Coven … adorned my girls with my Diamond crescent moon spinning star necklace… happy Christmas beautiful girls! @wyldemoon @kirstielemarque."

Emma also posted a picture of the group, writing: "The best start to my Christmas! I look forward to this train trip every year with my beautiful girls @ruby1kid @shishib @hollywilloughby #demetz thank you @belmondbritishpullman and @kate_lawton_ still singing Xmas songs!!."

Holly is said to be very close with Emma Bunton and Nicole Appleton (Holly Willoughby Instagram)

Then Nicole added: "It's Christmas!! Had the best day. @belmondbritishpullman thank you & @kate_lawton_ for looking after us so well!!! It's xmasssss."

Holly has been friends with Emma Bunton for a while, and even gave her a special shout-out during an interview.

The presenter was spotted ringside when KSI was fighting against Faze Temperrr at London's Wembley Arena in January this year, and naturally, fans were surprised to see the star watching the fight.

She was then interviewed during the broadcast, and she used the opportunity to shout out Emma.

Holly said: "Do you know what? I know one of my very good friends, who is normally on stage in here - Spice Girl Emma Bunton - is watching this at home with her son Beau.

"So I'm calling her out - you, Emma Bunton."

Holly and Emma have shared gushy posts about each other on Instagram (hollywilloughby/Instagram)

But of all her celebrity friends, Nicole is said to be her number one.

In March 2020, Holly shared her joy for All Saints singer Nicole after she announced she'd secretly welcomed a baby girl.

Nicole, 45, had spent months concealing her pregnancy, even from her mates, until she eventually announced the arrival of Skipper Hudson.

Shortly after the shock reveal on Instagram, This Morning's Holly spoke out to revel in her friend's baby bliss.

Holly's very sweet post read: "Welcome to the world beautiful Skipper... you lucky girl... you've won the mum lottery... Can't wait to meet you ... love you all."

Holly and Nicole are said to have been friends for many years and often feature on each other's Instagram page enjoying boozy brunches and nights out with their girl gang, which also includes Christine Lampard and Nicole's sister Natalie.

Holly is also friends with Abbey Clancy and Christine Lampard (ruby1kid/Instagram)

And in September 2022, Holly shared another insight into her inner circle.

The mum-of-three was taking a break from This Morning at the time, and she shared a picture where she posed with a glass of bubbly with best bud Nicole.

The ladies were joined by their pals, including Shiarra Bell, who is Head of Artist Relations at Universal Music.

Nicole captioned the post in which Holly glowed sporting a yellow gingham dress: "Besties."

At the time, both Holly and Phil had taken some time off during Summer, and as she prepared to return to work she shared a picture a sweet picture.

In the snap, Holly posed with her then on-screen partner, where they beamed and hugged on a sofa, telling fans they couldn't wait to get back.

Captioning the snap, Holly wrote: "Well look who came over for a play date before school starts… See you on Monday @schofe @thismorning … I've missed you!!!!! Can't wait to see you all!!!!"

Holly counts Fearne Cotton as a friend (fearnecotton/Instagram)
She's close with Bradley Walsh too (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

It's also well documented that Holly is good pals with broadcaster and author Feane Wood, née Cotton, as the pair started out in TV together when they were just 17.

They appeared on rude gameshow Celebrity Juice, before Ferne went on to present children's shows for GMTV, CITV, and CBBC.

The pair even worked on their own show together, Holly and Fearne Go Dating.

Although they don't work together any more, Holly spoke to the Daily Mail about their friendship.

She said: "Fearne and I have that sort of friendship where we’re always so busy that when we see each other, it’s great and we can pick up where we left off. There is no guilt, no resentment."

And Holly also counts Bradley Walsh as a pal, and he's been a guest on This Morning and over the years he's formed a strong bond with Holly.

They've now become good friends Holly has appeared on Bradlye's Play To The Whistle, and they've hosted Take Off With Bradley And Holly together.

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