Kirstie Allsopp reveals alcoholism following mother’s death from breast cancer

The Location Location Location star has revealed that she 'hit the booze hard' after her mum lost her battle with breast cancer


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Kirstie Allsopp, 43, admitted to hitting the bottle every day after her mum Fiona Hindlip died in January aged 66, shortly after Kirstie’s father-in-law Viv passed away last December.

“I sometimes find myself sitting in the bath in floods of tears"

Speaking in a new interview, the mum-of-two explained: “After Mum and Viv’s deaths, we drank copious amounts on a daily basis to get through.

“Then summer came and we were drinking at lunchtime. So I’ve cut down recently.

“Alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer and having a family history of it, I’m very aware of that.”

Kirstie also revealed how she learned to grieve for her mother without booze, saying: “I’ve found that the bath is the best place for grieving and a good cry in private.

“I sometimes find myself sitting in the bath in floods of tears. But then I get out, dry myself, get dressed and get on."

Kirstie Allsopp with her family
Kirstie Allsopp with her family

The heartbroken TV presenter added that her fear of catching the same disease that killed her mother has caused her to look at how she looks after herself in general.

Speaking to Prima magazine, she explained that she is not just cutting down on alcohol - she's also watching her weight more carefully, too.

She said: “I also know the number one risk [of breast cancer] is being overweight when you’re 50.

“I have the metabolism of a snail and, from the age of 35, I’ve noticed that if I put weight on.

"I don’t lose it as easily as I did when I was younger.”

She added: “The problem is that [my children are] now very jumpy about cancer, having lost their dog, their grandfather and their granny to it in one year.”

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