Kirstie Allsopp urges young people to buy cheaper houses and start having babies 'NOW'

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Kirstie Allsopp during a BUILD event at AOL London on September 28, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Kirstie Allsopp during a BUILD event at AOL London on September 28, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Kirstie Allsopp has advised young people to buy cheaper houses and start having children “NOW”.

The Location, Location, Location star, 47, said couples should also stop shelling out thousands and thousands on weddings because they would wish they had that money to spent on top quality childcare one day.

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Allsopp, who has two sons, unleashed her advice in a flurry of posts on Twitter.

“IF you WANT kids, IF you are in your late 20s AND IF you are in a solid relationship AND IF you can afford it have kids NOW,” she urged.

“It does NOT get easier the later you leave it, buy a CHEAPER house, a bit further from the shops & restaurants and keep some money back for childcare.”

She went on: “DO NOT blow £20K on a wedding & spend two years planning it because when that baby arrives you will love it more than anything in the world & the money you spent on the dress/hen night/cars/posh hotel will be nothing compared to your longing to afford the best childcare you can.

“When I’m faced with a couple in their late 20s who ‘want a few more years of fun’ I want to say ‘kids are fun, kids are the best fun, nothing will ever be more fun, non-one will ever make your laugh more, or fill your heart with such joy IF YOU WANT THEM DON’T WAIT’.”

Allsopp’s comments divided opinion online, with many people saying they had not been ready or responsible enough to start families when they were younger. Others pointed out that children were hard work.

One person suggested Allsopp’s words were “damaging”.

But she snapped back: “No it is NOT damaging, lying is damaging, the ‘kids aren’t fun, work is fun, booze is fun, fashion is fun but kids aren’t fun’ is what’s damaging.”

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It is not the first time Allsopp has encouraged women to get going when it comes to having babies.

The TV star - who welcomed her sons in 2006 and 2008 – has previously said she “only whistled in there by a miracle” when it came to having children, and that society should “speak honestly and frankly about fertility and the fact it falls off a cliff when you're 35”.