Holly Willoughby divides fans with ‘indulgent’ post as she prepares to celebrate 40th birthday

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Holly Willoughby has left fans divided after showing off the huge birthday tribute her Dancing On Ice colleagues had arranged for her.

The 39 year old — who will celebrate her 40th birthday on Wednesday, 10 February — took to Instagram to share a gorgeous photograph of herself backstage at the hit ITV skating show.

In the image, posted to her seven million followers on the social media site, Holly stuns in the pale blue one-shouldered dress she hosted the show alongside Phillip Schofield in.

She beams as she looks away from the camera with a hand on her hip, standing in front of a huge light up sign bearing her name.

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Dotted amongst the giant letters are statues of pink flamingos, with a silver backdrop and white balloons also adorning the backstage area.

Holly wrote alongside the image: "Thank you @dancingonice for making me feel so special… it's kicked off my birthday week in style…

"Honestly felt overwhelmingly spoilt today with all the decorations and cake!!!! Thank you…. love you to bits!"

Fans rushed to wish Holly a happy birthday themselves as she prepares to mark the milestone age.

One wrote: "A queen deserves to be spoilt on her birthday. Wish I could. Love you.

While a second added: "And what a gorgeous dress to start it off absolutely stunning beautiful," with a third commenting: "Wow! So beautiful! Here’s the birthday girl!"

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However, others blasted the This Morning host for being "indulgent" as many people across the world have been forced to celebrated their birthday in lockdown.

One wrote: "Lovely but slightly indulgent when most people having lockdown birthdays!!"

With a second chiming: "Nice for some …others meanwhile are struggling!"

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Holly's post comes days after she admitted how disappointed she was that she had to cancel her big birthday party.

Speaking on This Morning, she said: "It's bittersweet as next week I'm celebrating my big 4-0 and tomorrow night would have been my big birthday party that I had to cancel!

"So it will look very different. But as long as I've got a cake and a glass in my hand I'll be fine."

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