However, the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson took to the Virgin website to offer reassurance that she had a valid reason for withdrawing.
She may not be nursing illness or injury, but the 32 year old is pregnant with twins - first babies for Holly and her husband of two-and-a-half years, Freddie Andrewes.
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"You will stay with her for the wrong reasons." Which, say many psychologists, is exactly the reason that so many men are happy to morph into slightly different creatures to impress their partners: out of fear they'll lose her if they don't.
Other reasons include her ego being a problem, the fact that other men will try to sleep with her, that you'll become jealous and possessive, and that she'll be easily able to manipulate you however she pleases.
(She's supposed to have turned down his marriage proposal twice already ...
) But, aside from wishing you were Orlando Bloom right now, apparently there are other - albeit more significant - disadvantages of dating a babe, a trophy girlfriend or a hot chick.
Now eight-months pregnant, it showed the 26-year-old lifting weighs - her baby-bump proudly on display in a tight black vest.