Kirstie Allsopp won’t replace kids’ iPads she smashed up after Fortnite row

Kirstie Allsopp says she has no regrets about smashing up her kids’ iPads and will not replace them.

She insists their lives are better since she smashed the devices in front of sons Oscar, 11, and Bay, nine, in June to punish them for spending too much time playing computer games.

The Location, Location, Location host, 47, sparked fierce debate after admitting what she had done, but says her sons had a “much better summer” without their devices.

She said: “They were fine about it. It was 24 hours of tears and then gone.

"They have loads of other things they can be getting on with.

“It’s not like they are living in a vacuum where that was the only thing.

"They really discovered their toys; their skateboards, their roller blades, playing chess.

Kirstie Allsopp won't replace kids' iPads she smashed up after Fortnite row

Kirstie’s kids have found there is life after iPad
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"They don’t have any devices at the moment. I have not replaced them.

“Absolutely, no. And I don’t intend to do so. It’s not worth the fight.”

But not all reaction to her confession has been negative

Kirsty said: “There were letters from other mums saying: I ran over iPads in my car, I cut the plugs off, I hid them in the attic.

"And some quite sad ones saying: I really want to do what you’ve done.”

Kirstie told of her move on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show in September, saying: “I smashed my kids’ iPads… I banged them on the table leg.

"There’s a game called Fortnite, we’d made all sorts of rules and times when we said you can’t play them.

"All those rules got broken… I said, ‘That’s it, I have to physically [break them]’.”

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