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Kirstie Allsopp’s partner Ben Andersen has tested positive for coronavirus. The Location, Location, Location presenter’s eldest child has also been struck down with mumps during lockdown.
It was a horrible experience; it didn’t feel real
The 48-year-old has now opened up about the “horrible experience” for the first time, saying she also experienced a COVID-19 symptom.
The Channel 4 regular spoke out in a new interview with the July issue of Good Housekeeping, addressing her loved ones’ health issues as well as whether women can “have it all”.
Discussing her other half’s, who she has been with since 2004, test results, Kirstie said she has “never been more thankful that we’re all healthy”.
She commented: “It was a horrible experience; it didn’t feel real.
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“Ben was tested because he felt really rotten and had all the symptoms, and our son, Bay, was diagnosed with mumps at the same time, so our GP was concerned.”
“I don’t think that any of us expected Ben’s test to come back positive, though,” the star admitted.
“I feel incredibly lucky that, while I probably had it, too, the only symptom I had was a tight chest.”
According to the NHS, the main coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Kirstie and property developer Ben have two children together: Bay Atlas, 13, and 11-year-old Oscar Hercules.
She is also step-mother to his two children, Hal and Orion, from a previous relationship.
During the chat, she said she didn’t think it was possible women “can have it all”, as she recalled what a mystery star once told her.
She stated: “A famous TV personality once said to me, ‘You can have a career, you can have kids and you can have a great social life, but you cannot have all three.’ She was right.
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“The latter is the thing that’s suffered for me. Now the kids are getting older, that part of my life is starting to open up a bit more, and I’m grabbing hold of it.”
Kirstie said she enjoyed her first girls’ weekend away since her youngest was born last year, saying: “Let’s just say that four days in the sun with three friends was exactly what I needed!”
Meanwhile, she went on to discuss her new show, Kirstie: Keep Crafting And Carry On, admitting it has “helped to have focus”.
She added: “I’m used to going from A to B, having a plan for my week; my life was busy and now it’s not, and that’s been difficult.
Kirstie Allsopp’s full interview in Good Housekeeping now [GOOD HOUSEKEEPING/DAVID VENNI]
“So, it’s lovely to create something fun and upbeat for people to watch and get involved in.”
Kirstie is the daughter of Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip, a former chairman of Christie’s, by his marriage to Fiona Victoria Jean Atherley McGowan.
She rose to fame thanks to TV series, Location, Location, Location, after starting out in magazines and setting up her own home search company.
Read the full Kirstie Allsopp interview in the July issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale now. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
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