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Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion viewers question how bankrupt star can afford renovations

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Katie Price‘s Mucky Mansion sparked a flurry of reaction from viewers when it was finally broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesday night.

For many fans, it sparked questions around how the reality star can afford to make such drastic renovations to her £2 million West Sussex home, after she was declared bankrupt in 2019.

Taking to Twitter, many viewers also shared their thoughts around the ‘ill-timed’ series, which aired just five days after Katie was arrested on suspiction of breaking her restraining order.

Thoughts: Katie Price's Mucky Mansion sparked a flurry of reaction from viewers when it was finally broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesday night

Thoughts: Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion sparked a flurry of reaction from viewers when it was finally broadcast on Channel 4 on Wednesday night

In the show, Katie reveals her plans to completely transform her mansion, after a string of personal woes including a stint in The Priory in 2019. 

Along with fixing the damage caused by a break-in at her home, the star is told her house is rife with damp and mould, adding yet more work for her team of builders.

However, by the end of the opening episode, Katie revealed she’d finished transforming her son Jett’s bedroom, unveiling the jungle-themed room to her children.

Really? For many fans, it sparked questions around how the star can afford to make such renovations to her £2 million West Sussex home, after she was declared bankrupt in 2019

Really? For many fans, it sparked questions around how the star can afford to make such renovations to her £2 million West Sussex home, after she was declared bankrupt in 2019

Given Katie’s bold plans for the home, which include re-doing the entire kitchen, new floors, and removing the dark woodwork, many viewers were perplexed how she could afford the renovations.

The series, filmed months earlier, came after the star was declared bankrupt, and she is currently in the midst of paying back creditors, with a hearing scheduled to take place next month.

Other viewers noted the awkward timing of the series, days after Katie was arrested for allegedly breaching her restraining order by sending abusive messages to her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée Michelle Penticost.

Changes: In the show, Katie reveals her plans to completely transform her mansion, after a string of personal woes including a stint in The Priory in 2019

 Changes: In the show, Katie reveals her plans to completely transform her mansion, after a string of personal woes including a stint in The Priory in 2019

Wow! By the end of the opening episode, Katie revealed she'd finished transforming her son Jett's bedroom, unveiling the jungle-themed room to her children

Wow! By the end of the opening episode, Katie revealed she’d finished transforming her son Jett’s bedroom, unveiling the jungle-themed room to her children

However, some fans were quick to slam trolls for piling on Katie, praising the star for her clear devotion to her family. 

One wrote: ‘@Channel4 have totally misjudged the mood of the nation in giving Katie Price a TV show. There may still be some deluded fans that don’t care that she exploits her disabled son and has been caught drink and drug driving 6x, but it’s only a small %.’

‘Channel 4 knocking out a house renovation for Katie Price, nice that, who’s next, Fred and Rose getting their back garden done? Ridiculous?’ another wrote.

Awkward! Given Katie's bold plans for the home many viewers were perplexed how she could afford the renovations, with many noting the 'ill timing' of the series days after her arrest

Awkward! Given Katie’s bold plans for the home many viewers were perplexed how she could afford the renovations, with many noting the ‘ill timing’ of the series days after her arrest

A third tweeted: ‘I thought Katie Price was bankrupt? How is she affording these renovations? Genuinely interested to know!’

‘Anyone else remember when Channel 4 were cool, making cutting-edge and ground-breaking telly? F**k me…’ one added.

A fan also posted: ‘I’ve always thought Katie Price’s vacuous persona was a deceptive facade. It turns out she really is awful.’

Rage: Many viewers took to social media to share their reaction, with some slamming Channel 4 for broadcasting the show after Katie's arrest

Rage: Many viewers took to social media to share their reaction, with some slamming Channel 4 for broadcasting the show after Katie’s arrest

‘Just when you think the UK couldn’t sink any lower… you see that #MuckyMansion is trending at number 1,’ a fan also posted.

‘@Channel4 aren’t you a bit embarassed showing this, recently caught drunk/drug driving and breaking a restraining order and you still show this!’ a viewer wrote.

One added: ‘How does she get to keep her house when she’s bankrupt?’ 

Hitting back: However, some fans were quick to slam trolls for piling on Katie, praising the star for her clear devotion to her family

Hitting back: However, some fans were quick to slam trolls for piling on Katie, praising the star for her clear devotion to her family

Defending Katie, one fan wrote: ‘Really enjoyed the show and Jetts room looked great and more importantly he loved it! Can’t wait to see the rest of the transformations. 

‘Despite what people may think about @KatiePrice its clear how much she loves her kids and how important sorting out her home is.’

Another added: ‘Katie has been through so many ups and downs it’s no wonder her mental health has suffered and awful, sad things have happened. Good on her for pushing towards and working to support herself and her kids.’

‘Everyone slating Katie Price need to be ashamed yes she has made bad choices but for her to want to get back in her house after all the bad memories and wanting to start again good on her! No one’s perfect!’ a third continued. 

Oops! It was previously reported that Katie landed a £45,000 payday for the Channel 4 series, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her 'Mucky Mansion'

Oops! It was previously reported that Katie landed a £45,000 payday for the Channel 4 series, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her ‘Mucky Mansion’

It was previously reported that Katie landed a £45,000 payday for the Channel 4 series, and avoided paying a penny for renovations to her ‘Mucky Mansion.’

Despite the multiple renovations that were needed to her West Sussex mansion, Katie paid nothing towards the costs, while receiving a hefty fee for starring in the series.

A source told The Sun: ‘Katie hit the jackpot with the show – she got a £45,000 fee and didn’t have to put any of her own money into the project. 

‘The costs are being paid by the production company and she’s landed a lot of freebies from companies who want the exposure of being on her show or her social media.’

A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline: ‘Production did not pay for the costs of any renovations of the house.’

Katie was arrested on Friday on suspicion of breaching her restraining order after she allegedly branded her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée Michelle Penticost a ‘gutter sl*g’ in ‘abusive messages’. 

Following her release after a 12-hour interrogation, with officers now examining her phone for evidence, Carl was said to be ‘furious and embarrassed’ at her behaviour, but an insider claimed that he has ‘zero intention’ of leaving her. 

Katie, who was handed a five-year restraining order forbidding her from contacting Michelle directly or indirectly in 2019 after hurling a ‘tirade of abuse’ at her, could now face up to five years in prison if she is charged and found guilty. 

Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion continues on Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4.

Trouble: Katie was arrested on Friday on suspicion of breaching her restraining order after she allegedly branded her ex-husband Kieran Hayler's fiancée Michelle Penticost (pictured in 2020) a 'gutter sl*g' in 'abusive messages'

Trouble: Katie was arrested on Friday on suspicion of breaching her restraining order after she allegedly branded her ex-husband Kieran Hayler’s fiancée Michelle Penticost (pictured in 2020) a ‘gutter sl*g’ in ‘abusive messages’

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Amanda Holden puts her five bedroom Surrey home on the market for £5million

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Amanda Holden has put her Surrey mansion on the market for £5million after giving the luxurious property a showbiz makeover.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 51, is hoping to make a £1.5million profit having splashed out £3.5m on the five-bedroom home seven years ago.

The detached home boasts its own bar, huge 30ft by 27ft living room, stylish kitchen diner and a hot tub, where Amanda has posed for several bikini pictures she’s posted on her Instagram page.

Amanda Holden (pictured) has put one of her family homes on the market seven years after she bought it for £3.5million 

The star often posts pictures on Instagram of her beautiful home, which she has been given a fabulous renovation by the star

The star often posts pictures on Instagram of her beautiful home, which she has been given a fabulous renovation by the star

The huge open-plan living room also displays eye-catching artwork, including a giant painting of a female astronaut and a £30,000 drawing by the Connor Brothers of a sultry woman in a silver dress smoking a cigarette

 The huge open-plan living room also displays eye-catching artwork, including a giant painting of a female astronaut and a £30,000 drawing by the Connor Brothers of a sultry woman in a silver dress smoking a cigarette

A source said: ‘Amanda loves her family home and is really proud of the work she’s done on it.

‘She’s had a real hand in the makeover and has enjoyed seeing her ideas come to life.

‘It will be a sad day when she moves out but Amanda can take comfort in the number of memories she’s created there.’

Amanda lives in the property with record producer husband Chris Hughes and their two daughters Lexi, 16, and Hollie, 10. 

After buying the home in 2015, herself and Chris described the mansion as their ‘forever home’ and Amanda admitted ‘badgering’ its former owner to sell it to them for years until they finally relented.

The couple also own a holiday home in the Cotswolds, which they have been renovating over the past year.

Heart FM DJ Amanda has spoken of her love of interior design

Heart FM DJ Amanda has spoken of her love of interior design

Amanda recently added a glamorous outhouse to the Surrey property where another bar and the hot tub are located, set upon a large wooden decking area, close to a palm tree she planted in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore.

The garden room also includes a log burner and comfy sofas, which Amanda says are perfect for a ‘sneaky afternoon disco nap.’

The Heart FM DJ renovated her bespoke Wilson Fink kitchen during lockdown, adding new cupboards and worktops, plus mirrored tiles on the walls.

She also has three disco ball-style lights, worth £850 each, hanging over her breakfast bar.

And her quirky taste is exemplified by pineapple-themed accessories dotted around the property, including dark navy and pineapple-print wallpaper and a £125 Graham and Green pineapple lamp.

The huge open-plan living room also displays eye-catching artwork, including a giant painting of a female astronaut and a £30,000 drawing by the Connor Brothers of a sultry woman in a silver dress smoking a cigarette under the caption ‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say come sit next to me.’

The mansion, which includes five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a study, is located behind two sets of private gates which lead onto a private road towards the house.

The driveway is big enough to hold several cars, which is convenient when Amanda hosts her showbiz parties.

Speaking about her home to House Beautiful, Amanda revealed it was important their Surrey property didn’t feel like ‘a show home’

She said: ‘We have two little girls and don’t want them feeling that they’re treading on eggshells.’

Amanda’s passion for interior design has led to her landing a new TV show with pal Alan Carr in which the pair be doing up a property in Italy.

The series will air on the BBC after she pitched the idea to the broadcaster.

Amanda admits herself and husband Chris have so many clothes, they turned a room into a walk-in wardrobe – inspired by her favourite TV show.

She says: ‘I’m a huge Sex And The City fan and Chris did a Mr Big and turned a whole room into my wardrobe.

‘Except, he didn’t leave a pair of Manolos at the end… but he arranged everything else. It’s something I’ve always dreamt of.

‘There’s a remote-controlled mirror that goes up and down and lights up – it’s amazing.’

The star has taken to Instagram and posted photos of her on dreamy summer evenings relaxing her garden which includes a hot tub set upon a large wooden decking area, close to a palm tree she planted in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore

The star has taken to Instagram and posted photos of her on dreamy summer evenings relaxing her garden which includes a hot tub set upon a large wooden decking area, close to a palm tree she planted in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore

Speaking about her efforts to lovingly renovate her home, house proud Amanda explained: 'I am house proud, but I've got two kids, two dogs and a cat, so it's a family house. Everything is washable and wipeable.'

Speaking about her efforts to lovingly renovate her home, house proud Amanda explained: ‘I am house proud, but I’ve got two kids, two dogs and a cat, so it’s a family house. Everything is washable and wipeable.’

The buyer lucky enough to be able to afford Amanda's sprawling home will be able to relax in this stunning stand alone bath

The buyer lucky enough to be able to afford Amanda’s sprawling home will be able to relax in this stunning stand alone bath

The en-suite bathroom is just off the master bedroom where Amanda has frequently posted enviable pictures on her socials

The en-suite bathroom is just off the master bedroom where Amanda has frequently posted enviable pictures on her socials

And the TV favourite also concedes she’s a clean freak, meaning every service on the ground floor can be wiped fresh.

Speaking to The Mirror, she explained: ‘I am house proud, but I’ve got two kids, two dogs and a cat, so it’s a family house. Everything is washable and wipeable.

‘It’s so open plan my littlest can cycle her bike around. ‘I don’t have carpets on the ground floor – and this is disgusting – but I was doing an interview a while ago and my puppy pooed on the floor during the chat.

‘But you don’t worry if you have wooden floors. Two words: wipe clean.’

Amanda, who designed a homeware range for shopping network QVC, is so into interior design she believes it could eventually become a day job – if she ever loses her looks.

She added: ‘I want this to be a legacy. When my face falls off and all the telly work dries up, this is actually where I want to be.’ 

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Russian TV host refuses to apologise for report on mock nuclear attack on Ireland

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The Russian state television host who broadcast a graphic of a simulated nuclear attack destroying Ireland has rejected a request from Taoiseach Micheál Martin to apologise for the programme.

In a follow-up report broadcast on state-owned television channel Russia-1 on Sunday night, television host Dmitry Kiselyov refused to apologise for the animated graphic broadcast earlier this month showing a nuclear strike off the Irish coast erasing Ireland and Britain from the map.

On Sunday’s programme, Kiselyov, a Kremlin supporter and state propagandist, described Ireland as “collateral damage” in a potential nuclear attack by Russia on the UK in any escalation of tensions between the countries over Russia’s war on Ukraine.

While distinguishing between Ireland, a neutral country, and the UK, Kiselyov repeated the assertion in the original report that “the whole British archipelago was basically a sinkable island” and that Russia has “every capability for such a nuclear retaliation”.

Referring to Irish political and public reaction to the original report broadcast at the start of this month, the Russian TV host said: “Ireland literally flew into a rage. Of course as a neutral country, it wasn’t nice for Ireland to become collateral damage in Britain’s clash with Russia.”

The news report, according to a translation tweeted by the BBC digital journalist Francis Scarr who monitors Russian state television, quoted the Taoiseach describing the Russian media report as “very sinister, intimidatory tactics by the Russian Federation”.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to be intimidated by it. I think it reflects a mindset that is worrying and not in touch with reality. I think there should be an apology forthcoming,” the Taoiseach was quoted as saying on the Russian programme against a photograph of Mr Martin.

Kiselyov said he completely agreed that an apology should be forthcoming but that it should come from British prime minister Boris Johnson, falsely claiming that the UK leader had made a “groundless threat to strike Russia” that had led to the original report and simulated attack.

“But we’re not intimidating anyone. Talking about capabilities has an anti-war modality. As they say, let’s not start. It will end badly. It’s better to live in peace,” said Kiselyov.

Fianna Fáil MEP for Ireland South Billy Kelleher said the Russian state-owned station still owed an apology to the Taoiseach and the Irish people over the report and mock attack.

He described the Russia presenter as “a mouthpiece” for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and that “anything said by him were effectively the official views from the Kremlin”.

“It shows how delusional their foreign policy is. It shows how removed they are from understanding what neutral countries are,” he said.

“It is indicative of Russia’s view of the world and how they believe they can obliterate a nation if they feel that is necessary to protect themselves even if there is no threat coming from Ireland.”

The reports on the Russian national broadcaster were “outrageous”, “completely unacceptable” and “indicative of the delusional state of the entire Putin regime,” he said.

“We simply cannot have what are official media outlets relaying huge threats to wipe Ireland off the face of the earth, a neutral country that has never once threatened Russia,” he said.

Labour Party foreign affairs spokesman Brendan Howlin TD described the host’s comments as “both delusional and menacing on a number of fronts”, including how the television station was conflating Ireland and Britain.

“Ireland is a neutral country but as the people of Ireland have very ably demonstrated in the last two months, we are not neutral in relation to the illegal and immoral assault on the people of Ukraine by Putin,” he said.

“We will not be intimidated by grandiose, farcical threats emanating from Russia. This is not a comic book; this is a painful reality for millions of Ukrainians.”



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Sirius Real Estate sells London business park for €18.8m (GB)

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Sirius Real Estate has agreed to the sale of an asset in Camberwell, London, for €18.8m (£16m), representing a NIY of circa 2%. The property formed part of the portfolio Sirius acquired in November 2021 with its purchase of BizSpace, the leading provider of regional light industrial, workshop, studio and out of town office units across the UK. The sale price represents a 94% premium to the valuation at the time of Sirius’ acquisition of BizSpace.

 

The multi-tenanted business park, which comprises approximately 34,700ft² of industrial and office space is 91% occupied following a series of asset management measures delivered through the BizSpace platform. The sale is expected to complete in July 2022.

 

Commenting on the transaction, Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said: “This disposal is further proof of the latent value in the BizSpace portfolio we acquired late last year, the price being significantly ahead of last September’s valuation on which our purchase was based, and the attractive sale follows our recent announcement that we had since improved like-for-like rental income across the portfolio by 7.5%. The sale will allow us to invest in new opportunities for BizSpace in the UK as we continue to build our acquisition pipeline. Bringing together the Sirius and BizSpace platforms, with a strengthened management team at BizSpace, is already delivering strong results and operational synergies that will enhance our UK portfolio.”

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