Loose Women star Linda Robson has been accused of flouting Tier 4 rules, after revealing she spent Christmas Day with her daughter and grandchildren.
The 62-year-old actress returned to the popular ITV show on Monday, and joined fellow panellists Jane Moore, Brenda Edwards and Kéllé Bryan in discussing how she celebrated the Yuletide season.
However, when Linda revealed that she celebrated with her extended family, who she said were in her ‘bubble’ outraged viewers took to Twitter in droves to accuse her of going against government advice.
Rule break? Loose Women star Linda Robson has been accused of flouting Tier 4 rules, after revealing she spent Christmas Day with her daughter and grandchildren
When asked by moderator Jane if she had a good Christmas, Linda responded: ‘Yeah, it was lovely. I had the family around because they’re in my bubble. So I cooked roast dinner for everybody.
‘Saw my granddaughters, which obviously Christmas wouldn’t have been Christmas for me without seeing them. So that was really nice.’
However, viewers were quick to point out that unless either Linda or her daughter were living without their partners, they could not legally be in a bubble together.
According to government guidelines, households with only one adult can form a bubble with another household in Tier 4, including in the case of childcare.
Christmas dinner: She said of her Christmas break, ‘It was lovely. I had the family around because they’re in my bubble. So I cooked roast dinner for everybody’
Twitter: Outraged viewers took to Twitter to accuse Linda of going against government advice
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: ‘Bubble is just the new way of saying “I broke the rules”. Genuinely, can Linda please explain how her “bubble” works???’
‘I presume Linda Robsons daughter is a single mother otherwise she cannot be in her bubble,’ said another. ‘There is no such thing as bubbles unless you are a single adult or single mother with young children and only one family can be in your bubble.’
Agreeing with that point, a third person tweeted: ‘This was my thought exactly. I think her daughter is married (to Steve?).
‘When tier 4 was announced, she said the family would be with her Christmas day (bubble) and Steve would go to his family Boxing day. I think @loosewomen need to clarify this or explain rules to Linda.’
Discussion: Linda joined fellow panellists Jane Moore, Brenda Edwards and Kéllé Bryan in discussing how she celebrated the Yuletide season
Rules: Viewers were quick to point out that unless either Linda or her daughter were living without their partners, they could not legally be in a bubble together
Wrote another perplexed viewer: ‘Linda Robson lives in Islington, unless I’m mistaken they were tier 4 at Christmas and she shouldn’t have had all the family over. Shes not single, she inst allowed a bubble!?!’
Asked another: ‘Linda can’t have a bubble can she? She’s married, her daughter is married. They’re in Tier 4 so shouldn’t have been mixing on Christmas Day. No f**king wonder we’re about to be locked down again.’
Linda’s home life does appear to have made her ineligible to form a bubble with any of her children, as she lives with her husband of 30 years, Mark Dunford, 59.
They are two children – Louis, born in 1992, and Roberta (affectionately known as Bobbie), born 1996. Linda is also mother to eldest daughter Lauren, from a previous relationship.
Through her eldest child, Linda is the grandmother of Lila and Betsy, both of whom she often speaks of affectionately during appearances on Loose Women.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Linda Robson for comment.
Elsewhere on the show, Linda revealed that somebody attempted to rob her as she enjoyed a family day out over the Christmas holiday.
She recalled: ‘We went down the local market. I went to do some shopping, had two heavy bags. I felt like someone was tugging it, it was caught round my ear as well.
‘He ran off. He tried to get my purse out of my backpack. I was shaken up. Lauren and Lila were there as well. They went home and told Mark and Louis.
‘They ran up the market looking for him. I thought, oh my god I hope they don’t find him. But I’m OK.’
Harrowing experience: Elsewhere on the show, Linda revealed that somebody attempted to rob her as she enjoyed a family day out over the Christmas holiday
Search: Linda revealed that her husband and son attempted to hunt down the man in question