Kirstie Allsopp: Women should focus on family first

Kirstie Allsopp believes women should prioritise having children young and then concentrate on their career and education in later life

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Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp thinks women should shun university in favour of starting a family.

The 'Location, Location, Location' co-presenter, who has two sons, aged five and seven, with her partner Ben Andersen, believes there is too much pressure on young girls to juggle their careers with raising a family and claims they should prioritise having babies before it's too late.

The property expert told The Guardian newspaper: "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.' "

The outspoken star believes there will be plenty of time for learning later in life, and thinks people should settle down when they're in their prime as they can then focus on their careers when they're middle-aged.

The 42-year-old TV presenter added: "That might sound wholly unrealistic. But we have all this time at the end. You can do your career afterwards. We have to readjust. And men can have fun after they have kids.

"If everyone started having children when they were 20, they'd be free as a bird by the time they were 45. But how many 45-year-olds do you know who are bogged down?"

"I don't want the next generation of women to go through the heartache that my generation has. 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!"

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