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Kirstie Allsopp: I didn’t break lockdown rules

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP has denied breaking lockdown rules earlier this year.

The Location, Location, Location presenter, 49, was accused of potentially spreading Covid-19 by travelling to one of her homes in Devon to isolate when partner Ben Andersen already had the virus.

But Kirstie has now robustly defended her decision to hunker down in her countryside abode.

‘When Ben was diagnosed with Covid, we weren’t at home, either in London or Devon. We were somewhere else,’ she told Radio Times magazine.

‘Because Ben was infectious, we went to Devon, where there’s 40 acres and we wouldn’t infect anyone else.

‘There are loads of people who are always going to believe I did the wrong thing,’ she said of the trip, during the first lockdown.

‘I did not go to Devon [from London] after lockdown. We went to isolate.’

And Kirstie, the daughter of Charles Henry Allsopp, sixth Baron Hindlip, said she was ‘very angered by the concept that people think privilege strips you of empathy’.

‘It drives me mad. Death is death, grief is grief, loss is loss, fear is fear,’ she said.

‘Money absolutely makes life easier, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not aware of all the people who have lost their jobs this year and who have no idea when they will find another one. Or those marriages that just won’t make it through another lockdown.

‘I’m fully aware of how many people are struggling right now.’

The full interview is in Radio Times magazine, out now