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Holly Willoughby skipped her close friend Ant McPartlin's star-studded wedding to Anne-Marie Corbett to "avoid bosses from her former management company", it has been reported. However, a source close to Holly denied the claim.
The television host is said to be embroiled in a "£10 million legal battle" with her former agents YMU, who are allegedly asking for a commission on her future earnings.
And it has now been claimed by The Sun that the 40 year old decided not to attend the wedding over the weekend after learning that senior executives from the company, who also represent Ant and his TV partner Declan Donnelly, would be there.
A source told the publication: "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."
It was added: "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."
However, close friends have revealed that Holly was not in attendance due to other legitimate reasons, which she discussed beforehand with Ant and his new wife, Anne-Marie.
A source told OK! : "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 is another reason she couldn't be there, and she has explained this to the people who matter the most in this – Ant and Anne-Marie."
Holly was also quick to congratulate the happy pair publicly, writing underneath a picture of Ant and Anne-Marie on Instagram: "Congratulations," with four love heart emojis.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Holly met with top lawyers to help her hold on to her money as she fights demands for commission from her former agent.
It's understood the blonde bombshell has been told she faces a seven-figure payout, should YMU be successful.
According to a previous article by The Sun, Holly's reported fallout is said to be over sunset provisions, where agents collect commission from a celebrity who has left them.
They would seek a cut if Holly's contracts with shows including This Morning and Dancing On Ice are continued.
"YMU seem unhappy she's set up on her own and feel entitled to maximise a sunset provision to claim commission on the renewal of contracts," it was revealed by a source.
"This means, if she signed a new three-year deal with ITV worth £10million, say, they'd be entitled to around £1.5million of it."
Holly left the showbiz agency YMU in August last year to launch her own talent company, Roxy Management.
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