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Kirstie Allsopp: Twitter troll abuse over smashing my kids’ iPads forced me to quit social media

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP isn’t one to hold back when it comes to sharing her controversial opinions on social media.

But the fallout on Twitter after she broke her kids’ iPads to stop them playing video games became too much even for the feisty presenter to handle.

She said: “I didn’t want them to see that and that’s why I shut down the account. I usually get zero abuse on Twitter — there are controversies and people give their opinion — but it was the first time I’d been abused.”

Kirstie told Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show last year that she smashed her children’s iPads after they broke her screen time rules on popular game Fortnite.

But some people took great exception.

She said: “A lot of the gamers went nuts.

“I think they felt that someone was trying to cut their willy off or something.”

Kirstie is now back on Twitter and launching a new craft show on Channel 4.

Celebrity Craft Masters, which starts on Monday at 5pm, will see celebrities including comedian Susan Calman tackle Kirstie’s challenges.

The presenter said: “I want the Love Island ­viewers to be interested in craft. If they watch the show once and never again but go and do a craft, then that’s the nut  I’ve cracked.”

A little crafternoon delight would be one way to pass the time in the villa.


READ MORE FROM ANDY HALLS' BIZARRE TV COLUMN

Flack seat driving with Keith

LOVE Island host Caroline Flack’s romantic encounters have been more of a talking point than those of the Islanders.

Now she has addressed some of her old relationships, and why she’s known as a cougar, on Shopping With Keith Lemon.

Quizzed on the ITV2 show, showing tomorrow at 10pm, Caroline said: “You can keep them private, but I think when you get carried away in the moment . . . say, for instance, in my last relationship  I put myself and my fiancé on Instagram, I can’t really moan about people talking about it. There’s a slight regret I did that.

“I try not to think about it. I could date someone that’s 20, someone that’s 104 but I’d just rather date someone   nice.”

She was a bit more coy when the funnyman asked her about specifics, merely shrugging her shoulders at the mention of ex-flame Harry Styles – who is 17 years her junior.

And when asked about Prince Harry, she replied: “I’m not allowed to say. Can’t remember.”

She added: “I do like someone with a good sense of humour, someone who doesn’t take life too seriously and someone that’s just nice.”

Keith Lemon it is then.

BAD MAX IN HOLBY

HOLBY City is getting a new character – and no-nonsense neurosurgeon Max McGerry looks set to shake things up throughout the hospital.

The fiery female consultant will be  played by Jo Martin, inset, who has featured  in ­several BBC  dramas including Fleabag, Back To Life and Silent  Witness.

Holby City show boss Simon Harper said: “Max is a brilliant, multi-faceted character – wry, funny, passionately driven, and with no patience what- soever for political correctness or snowflakes.”

An Atack attack — by mum

IT’S a good job Emily Atack has a thick skin – as her comedian mum Kate Robbins has joked  on TV  that her daughter is a “slag”.

It happened in the first episode of Emily’s new show Adulting, on pay TV channel W, when the I’m A Celeb runner-up opened up about her fears over infertility.

The actress said: “I worry about that, because I have had a very active sex life now for a long time. Sorry.”

At  that point her mum responded: “Slag! I’m joking.”

Later Emily, who has been linked to Seann Walsh, Dougie Poynter and James Buckley before falling for   video and TV producer boyfriend Rob Jowers, also came clean about rumours she lost her knickers in a sex romp after the Brit Awards, adding: “So f***ing what?”

I admire her honesty.

Must watch

WHAT? The Trans Women Athlete Dispute, With Martina Navratilova, BBC1, 9pm.

WHY? The tennis star looks into the issue of transgender women athletes competing with those born female.

Celeb Dares a winner

AFTER viewing figures for Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins For Stand Up To Cancer peaked at 1.7million, C4 plans to roll out an entire series of the all-star version.

Fortunately, celebs are falling over themselves to sign up to the selection process with Ant Middleton, which involves gruelling tasks,   terrifying interrogations and  physical challenges.

A telly source said: “Channel 4 were really pleased with the reception the celeb charity version   got, and now producers have got big budgets  in place for a whole series.

“They are keen to attract massive names to take part . . . they really want to avoid it being saturated with the usual reality names.”

Last week, I told how TV bosses are  looking at a format where Ant, above, takes   solo celebs  into the wild,  like adventurer Bear Grylls does.

I’d rather the safety in numbers, personally . . .


SOAPBOX

IN NEIGHBOURS, although Kyle’s injuries are not serious he is furious with Gary, and decides to leave once the project is complete.

Elsewhere, Dipi’s fears for Toadie grow when he lets Andrea babysit Hugo.

In HOME AND AWAY, Robbo’s informal counselling session with Jasmine’s therapist leads to an interesting development, while Colby fears that Bella’s mood swings could land him in trouble.

EMMERDALE’s secret lovers, Jai and Laurel, have a close call.

And in CORONATION STREET, Adam quizzes Sarah about the bruise on her arm.

Meanwhile over at Speed Daal, Geoff pours water on Ryan’s mixing desk – and lets Yasmeen think she did it.

Kirstie Allsopp says she hasn't replaced her kids' iPads as she reveals 'shock' at Twitter outrage after she admitted to smashing them up

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