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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK
Apprentice winner loses her baby
Sir Alan Sugar and Michelle Dewberry
Winner Dewberry (right) was hired by Sir Alan Sugar
The winner of TV show The Apprentice, Michelle Dewberry, has lost the baby she was expecting with fellow contestant Syed Ahmed.

Ms Dewberry was taken to hospital suffering from stomach pains and after a series of tests she was told that she had lost the baby.

On Monday, Mr Ahmed told how pressures of the media spotlight were telling on him and his 26-year-old partner.

The couple met while filming the most recent series of the hit BBC Two show.

At first we tried to keep it as private as possible, but it's impossible
Contestant Syed Ahmed

A spokesman said: "Michelle and the baby's father, Syed Ahmed, are both extremely upset and are currently supporting each other through this difficult period."

Earlier in the week, Mr Ahmed said: "I'm trying to protect her."

Urging the public not to believe everything they read, he told GMTV: "At first we tried to keep it as private as possible, but it's impossible.

"That is the bit you don't factor in, tabloids, and every week it's a different story.

"We are together and these are exciting times, but at the same time I think Michelle is having quite a complex pregnancy."

Ms Dewberry won The Apprentice in May, beating rival Ruth Badger in the final.

She took a 100,000-a-year job as head of Xenon Green, a company set up by businessman Sir Alan Sugar to dispose of unwanted computer equipment.

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