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Kirstie Allsopp has said that she's 'beyond caring' after receiving strong criticism for her recent comment that 'loads of people' can afford to buy houses in the UK.
The Location, Location, Location presenter faced heavy backlash at the weekend over her suggestion that aspiring British homeowners need to make 'sacrifices' to achieve their dreams of securing a mortgage deposit.
In an interview with the Sunday Times on 6 February, Kirstie—who is the daughter of Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip—revealed how she ascended the property ladder at the age of 21 by being frugal with her spending.
“When I bought my first property, going abroad, [and] the easyJet, coffee, gym, Netflix lifestyle didn’t exist,” she said.
"I used to walk to work with a sandwich. And on payday I’d go for a pizza, and to a movie, and buy a lipstick. Interest rates were 15 per cent, I was earning £11,500 a year."
The 50-year-old then offered some questionable advice to young renters, suggesting that they consider working and saving rather than pursuing a college education.
"I do think you have to ask yourself what your degree is giving you. Could you get a job at 18, stay at home with [your] parents for three years, and save every single penny, enough for a deposit?"
Kirstie, who today holds an estimated net worth of £10 million, has previously admitted she was given a family loan to purchase her first flat in the borough of Battersea, south London. The Channel 4 host told the Sunday Times in 2018 that her granny and parents contributed to the cost of the £72,000 property while she rented out one of her rooms to a tenant.
She also recalled how she lacked many of the privileges plenty of millennials and Gen Z folks enjoy today, such as "Sky TV" or those gorgeous Kirstie Allsopp dresses we all know and love.
“I don’t want to belittle those people who can’t do it,” she clarified. “But there are loads of people who can do it and don’t. It is hard. We’ve fallen into the trap of saying it’s impossible for everybody. I was brought up to believe owning your home is the be all and end all and in a way I still believe that ... It’s about where you can buy, not if you can buy. There is an issue around the desire to make those sacrifices.”
Kirstie's perspective on the housing crisis was quickly met by a torrent of backlash, with many taking to Twitter to criticize—and ridicule—the TV personality's comments.
Kirstie Allsopp, daughter of Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip, privately educated at Bedales has wondered why young people don't buy a house at 21, as she did.Maybe they weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouths.February 6, 2022
Love how Kirstie Allsopp talks about walking to work like any of us can afford zone 1 and also misses out she was walking to work at her mother’s interior design business and “studying” at Christie’s where her dad was chairmanFebruary 6, 2022
Kirstie Allsopp is quite right. I just cancelled Netflix and bought a house for £5.99.February 6, 2022
“I once bought my own house after Kirstie Allsopp advised me to stop buying food and sell one of kidneys..” pic.twitter.com/n9fpoXSsSRFebruary 6, 2022
Kirstie addressed the negative reactions on Sunday evening, taking to Twitter to explain why she has no plans to defend herself against the criticism.
"I have learned this is pointless. When the beast attacks you don’t feed it. You’ll never be able “set the record straight” you just give a story more oxygen. Don’t explain, don’t complain. Get on with the job in hand and let your work speak for itself, " she wrote.
She doubled down on this sentiment on Monday morning, insisting she is "beyond caring what the press or social media think about me."
Anyhow who thinks I have spent the last 22 years pretending to understand the needs of British homebuyers must think me a very good actress indeed. If you don’t like the shows don’t watch them. But I’m beyond caring what the press or social media think about me, life is too shortFebruary 7, 2022
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
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