Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon – who divorced rapper MC Harvey after a year of marriage in 2006 – admits she prefers her own company and that of her dogs.

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She said: “I like being on my own. I’ve got to the point where I know I’m getting older because I like to be at home, on my own with a bit of peace and quiet.

“I’ll date, I’m just private about it. I like to go with the flow. Whatever is meant for me won’t pass me by.

“I’ve got my three dogs – a collie, a pointer and a golden cocker spaniel, my house is an open house, I’ve always got someone there, sleeping in the spare room.

Dixon also tells her friends not to get lonely and simply sit in and watch the television or get a hobby if they are bored.

She told Marie Claire: “I’ve got friends who think I’m weird for not getting lonely. They sit there and go, ‘I need a man’.

“I’ll have a go at them: ‘You don’t need a man, you need a hobby. You’re just bored. Go and get a box set. Get over it.'”