Kirstie Allsopp prefers being a 'middle-aged girlfriend' to getting married

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British TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp poses for the photocall of the TV series "Love it or list it UK" during the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015. Held each year on the French Riviera, the audiovisual trade fair brings together the movers and shakers of the global entertainment business to network, talk shop and buy, sell and finance new content. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp has little interest in getting married. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Kirstie Allsopp has shared that she has no interest in marrying her partner Ben Andersen just yet and is content with being a "middle-aged girlfriend".

The 48-year-old presenter said she is "happily unmarried" to Andersen, whom she has been in a relationship with for 16 years.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Allsopp explained: "I am at a loss when people question not being married, as if by not getting married you are somehow dismissing the choice they have made. Each to their own is my feeling.

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"I’ve been with my partner for 16 years and have two children and two stepchildren and, like many of my friends, we are very happily unmarried.

"I have no problem being a middle-aged girlfriend with an even older middle-aged boyfriend. And I have learnt from the very best, as we live next door to the most famous happily unmarried couple — Richard Curtis and Emma Freud."

Allsopp shares two sons with Andersen, Bay and Oscar, and is a step-parent to his two children from a previous relationship, Hal and Orion.

She went on to opine that the "rigamarole" of marriage has spun "completely out of control" in reference to the expectations when it comes to hen parties and weekend-long events.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Kirstie Allsopp attends the Save The Children: Centenary Gala at The Roundhouse on May 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp has been with partner Ben Andersen for 16 years. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Allsopp detailed that if she did one day decide to wed, it would be a "lowkey" affair.

Earlier this year, she also dished out some advice on Twitter in regard to having children and property buying.

She urged young people to buy cheaper houses and start having children “now” if it was something they could afford, warning that it "doesn't get easier" with time.

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