Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kirstie Allsopp: focus on having children first, save your career for later in life

rexfeatures-2698010ag.jpg
rexfeatures-3765145a.jpg

Location, Location, Location television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has advised girls to hold-off going to university in favour of having children and buying a property first.

The British television star opened up about the controversial way she feels women should live the first half of their lives after seeing "great pain" among friends who have struggled to have a child later in life.

"Women are being let down by the system," said Allsopp, 42, in an interview with The Telegraph. "We should speak honestly and frankly about fertility and the fact it falls off a cliff when you’re 35. We should talk openly about university and whether going when you’re young, when we live so much longer, is really the way forward".

Allsop continued: "At the moment, women have 15 years to go to university, get their career on track, try and buy a home and have a baby. That is a hell of a lot to ask someone. As a passionate feminist, I feel we have not been honest enough with women about this issue."

The television presenter, who has two sons, aged five and seven, with her partner, the property developer Ben Andersen, said "I don’t have a girl, but if I did I’d be saying 'Darling, do you know what? Don’t go to university. Start work straight after school, stay at home, save up your deposit – I’ll help you, let’s get you into a flat. And then we can find you a nice boyfriend and you can have a baby by the time you’re 27.

"That might sound wholly unrealistic. But we have all this time at the end. You can do your career afterwards. We have to readjust."

"There is a huge inequality, which is that women have this time pressure that men don’t have."

"I think if you’re a man of 25 and you’re with a woman of 25, and you really love her, then you have a responsibility to say: 'Let’s do it now.’ I was lucky with Ben that he absolutely wanted more children immediately and he was very committed to that. But men need to know, men need to be taught in school that there is a responsibility, that if you love someone, decide if you want to have a child with that person or not."

Allsopp didn't go to university and started her first job working with interior designer, Nicky Haslam. She bought her first flat when she was 21 and in 1996, she set up a property search company, Kirmir, with her good friend Miranda Brankin-Frisby. A few years later she was asked to take a screen test for a new property show, Location, Location, Location.

"I don’t want the next generation of women to go through the heartache that my generation has," continued Allsopp. "At the moment we are changing the natural order of things, with grandparents being much older and everyone squeezed in the middle. Don’t think 'my youth should be longer’. Don’t go to university because it’s an 'experience’. No, it’s where you’re supposed to learn something! Do it when you’re 50!"

Do you agree with Kirstie Allsopp's view on building a family before a career? Tell us why in the comments below or on Twitter via @StylistMagazine.

Related

use.jpg

Shock, awe and love: dads on the day their babies are born

rexfeatures-3748236bd.jpg

Mindy Kaling: 'calling me chubby cannot hurt me in the way it does millions of women'

untitled-2.jpg

Furore over 'fetishising' thigh gap video

hero.jpg

Celebrity teens on the red carpet and beyond

hero.jpg

The top 10 most extravagant celebrity weddings from the Beckhams to William and Kate

wedinghero.jpg

Charity offers relationship counselling vouchers as a wedding gift

More

The best possible gifts for when flowers aren’t going to cut it

17 unusual and thoughtful gifts for when the s**t hits the fan

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

This Battle of the Sexes legend wants you to STOP asking about McEnroe

“I would like to see John McEnroe win a Grand Slam tournament while pregnant”

by Susan Devaney
22 Sep 2017

“The real reason we should all be upset about Uber”

Grow up: your bank balance really isn’t what’s at stake here

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Sep 2017

There's a huge sherbet fountain coming to London - and it's free

Bompas & Parr are planning a weird, wonderful and nostalgia-filled event

by Helen Brown
22 Sep 2017

Rick and Morty creator responds to sexist trolling of female writers

The show hired four women. Cue cries of “Worst. Episodes. Evah.”

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

Everything you need to know about Uber being banned in London

The taxi firm has had its license revoked by TfL

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

The new Baileys flavour you’ll want to drink well beyond Halloween

Perfect autumn cocktails ahead

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

This unexpected town has been voted the best place to work in the UK

We didn’t see this one coming

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

Harry Potter fans, this epic Hogwarts goblet is actually magical

It's perfect for Butterbeer (or prosecco)

by Megan Murray
22 Sep 2017

The hidden meanings behind the nation’s most popular baby names

Prepare for lots of girls’ names ending in ‘a’

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017