Kirstie Allsopp defends travelling with her partner AFTER he tested positive for COVID-19


‘There are people who are always going to believe I did the wrong thing’: Kirstie Allsopp defends relocating to her Devon home with partner Ben Andersen AFTER he tested positive for COVID-19

  • The Location, Location, Location presenter, 49, has denied breaking lockdown rules earlier in the year after travelling to another home
  • She told the latest edition of Radio Times they travelled to the Devon property as a precautionary measure so he wouldn’t infect others
  • ‘When Ben was diagnosed with COVID, we weren’t at home, either in London or Devon. We were somewhere else,’ she said 
  • 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 

Kirstie Allsopp has denied breaking lockdown rules earlier in the year after travelling to another home despite her partner testing positive for COVID-19.

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

But she has since defended her actions, telling the latest edition of Radio Times they travelled to the property as a precautionary measure so he wouldn’t infect others.  

Lockdown: Kirstie Allsopp has denied breaking lockdown rules earlier in the year after travelling to another home despite her partner testing positive for COVID-19

‘When Ben was diagnosed with COVID, we weren’t at home, either in London or Devon. We were somewhere else,’ she said. 

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

She added: ‘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.’ 

Couple: The presenter, 49, was accused of potentially spreading the virus by journeying to one of her homes in Devon to isolate when partner Ben Andersen already had symptoms

Couple: The presenter, 49, was accused of potentially spreading the virus by journeying to one of her homes in Devon to isolate when partner Ben Andersen already had symptoms

Travel: But she has since defended her actions, telling the latest edition of Radio Times they travelled to the property as a precautionary measure so he wouldn't infect others

Travel: But she has since defended her actions, telling the latest edition of Radio Times they travelled to the property as a precautionary measure so he wouldn’t infect others

And Allsopp, 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,’ she said. ‘Death is death, grief is grief, loss is loss, fear is fear. 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.

Interview: The full interview with Kirsty is in Radio Times magazine, out now

Interview: The full interview with Kirsty is in Radio Times magazine, out now

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