Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation
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Kirstie Allsopp, 49, has declared that taking a Twitter break is “well overdue” for her after one of her followers “spoke rudely” about her late mum, Lady Fiona Hindlip, who died in 2014. The Location, Location, Location presenter announced her decision to quit the social media platform after getting into a debate about a portrait of the Queen being removed from an Oxford University students’ group’s common room.
It reportedly took down the painting because some students believe the monarch represents “recent colonial history”.
Kirstie began by tweeting: “Usually I don’t give a monkeys about the dog whistle story of the week, but something about students unable to abide the sight of a 95 year old widow who has dedicated her life to the service of others is a wee bit irritating.”
She went on to argue: “I didn’t go to university, I wouldn’t know a common room from a working man’s club. Though perhaps in the latter you may find a picture of her Majesty.”
Another Twitter user then hit back with a jibe about Kirstie’s background and her father, Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip.
They fumed: “You didn’t need to go to university you are the daughter of a baron! In England we used to have the privilege of hanging what we b****y well like on our walls this is not North Korea!”
Kirstie slammed the Twitter user’s remark, adding: “And my mother, is she just an irrelevance? You reveal so much about yourself when you define a woman by who her father was.”
The Channel 4 star went on to call out another one of her followers for making a “rude” comment about her mum, who sadly died of breast cancer.
Sharing the now-deleted tweet in view of her 422,000 followers yesterday, Kirstie fired back: “Just clever enough to know my maternal grandparents weren’t ‘barons’, and that you should never speak rudely about someone’s dead mother.
“Does anyone know this charmer?”
The television personality and property expert then announced that she couldn’t cope with being on the micro-blogging site anymore.
She wrote in a separate tweet: “Actually NO, that’s it for me.
“When you are defending a dead parent against total strangers you realise you are in a parallel universe, and not in a good way.
“Twitter break well overdue.”
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Fans took to the comments section of Kirstie’s post to react to her departure from Twitter.
One person wrote: “I just don’t understand why people feel the need to make unnecessary comments!! So much for be kind!! I was always taught if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all!! Wish some people were also taught this x take care Kirstie xx.”
Another added: “Don’t succumb to them, block away. I don’t always agree with what you say but you being on here is sometimes a breath of fresh air!”
A third fan commented: “This is a very toxic place. The more of us leave Twitter, the more it will isolate the idiots- they’ll soon get bored arguing with themselves.”
A fourth person penned: “Please come back soon. You’re common sense approach and no-nonsense attitude will be much missed.”(sic)
It comes after Kirstie revealed that the “carnage” of burying her mother in a plot at the end of her Dorset garden made her recognise the importance of funeral specialists.
She told Times Radio: “I can describe it in a completely humorous way, that it was just fantastically dark and British.”
Kirstie buried her mum, Lady Fiona Hindlip, in 2014 next to the burial site of the family pony, as she had requested in her last wishes.
However, chaos ensued when Lady Hindlip’s burial plot became flooded with water after a period of heavy rain, which forced mourners to wear wellington boots for the day.
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