'I'm a lot of things but lazy isn't one of them!' Stacey Dooley hits back at 'off grid' benefits couple who blasted 'shallow' TV star for not mucking in with family life when she lived with them for new documentary
- Matt and Adele Allen appear on Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, new show tonight
- The 'off grid' couple claim benefits and home school their children in Brighton
- They said Dooley was 'lazy' when she came to stay at their home for three days
- She didn't get involved with their family life and refused to eat food from their allotment, they said
- Adele said that she found Dooley 'shallow' and thought a herb beginning with 'o' was olive oil
- Adele said: 'In 72 hours I did three early morning dog walks at 6am and she didn't manage to make it out to one. So there's the lazy one.'
- Matt and Adele live in social housing with their three children. Matt works a few hours as a yoga teacher and his wife is a full-time mother
- Dad-of-three says he has 'no intention' of finding work as it's not in his 'psyche'
Stacey Dooley has hit back at the couple who slammed her for being 'lazy', 'insensitive' and refusing to immerse herself in their lives on her new TV show.
The Strictly Come Dancing star took to Twitter today to say: 'I’m a lot of things, but lazy isn’t one of them. Sometimes you just got to laugh.'
She was responding after Matt and Adele Allen slammed the star for not participating in their lives when she stayed at their council property in Brighton for three days for her show Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over.
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Brighton dad-of-three Matt Allen, far right and his wife Adele (centre) slammed TV presenter Stacey Dooley after appearing in the latest episode of her documentary series Stacey Sleeps Over. Pictured: Stacey Dooley (middle left) with Matt Allen (far right), his wife Adele Allen (middle right) and two of their three children Ostara, four, (left) and baby Kai
The family live in a council house in Brighton where Dooley lived with them for three days. Adele that in the 72 hours the TV star refused to get out of bed and join her on a 6am dog walk
The 'off grid' couple who claim £900-a-month in benefits says the TV star refused to eat their food, was too scared to go for a dip in the sea and couldn't get up early.
Adele said: 'In the whole 72 hours she was here I did three early morning dog walks at 6am with the baby and she didn't manage to make it out to one. She couldn't get up with me - so there's the lazy one.'
She said: 'Stacey is a lovely person but I feel she lacks a bit of sensitivity and Matt got quite upset with a couple of the questions.'
Matt's wife accused Dooley of 'lacking sensitivity' when she began quizzing him about claiming benefits on the show (above) - and refusing to work because it's 'not in his psyche'
The couple claim that Dooley didn't join in enough with their family life on the show. Pictured: Adele on Brighton Beach with baby Kai, son Ulysses, right, and daughter Ostara, far right
On the show Matt and Adele tell Stacey that they don't believe in set meal times or telling the children what they should or shouldn't eat. Picture, eldest son Ulysses eating a plate of raw mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and crisps
Ulysses, who doesn't attend mainstream school, decides to eat his meal on the floor of the bedroom he shares with his parents and siblings
Ostara and baby Kai with Matt: The yoga teacher admits that his eldest son, Ulysses, eight, who is home-schooled can't write his own name but the dad-of-three says he's not worried, saying his literacy is not urgent right now
On Instagram, mum Adele told her followers that the family don't enforce tooth brushing but do leave tooth brushes and a non-fluoride paste in the bathroom
She said they had to get the TV producers to cut that particular section where Dooley probed Matt about claiming benefits from the final edit.
Adele said: 'There is this claim she loves to immerse herself and I actually found she didn't take part in a lot of what we did. She wouldn't eat the food from the allotment, she wouldn't put her feet in the sea with Matt. In her own words she called herself a wimp.'
Matt said: 'She's lovely but there's not a lot of depth to her. There's a fantastic moment where she is with me in the allotment and I say: 'Come on then Stacey, what herb is this?' and I tell her it begins with the letter O and she says: 'Olive oil.'
Dooley denied she was lazy while travelling home from Heathrow yesterday after filming a new documentary and said she had to get up at 5am today for more work.
Her latest show - broadcast last night - aims to investigate the different ways people live in modern Britain by spending 72 hours in the company of a wide range of extraordinary characters and families.
Matt and Adele live in a three-bedroom house close to a park in Brighton.
A 10 minute walk from the seafront they also have a nearby allotment where they grow their own food.
Matt says he earns around £60 a week for teaching yoga while his wife, who once ran a yoga centre of mothers and children, says she is having a break and concentrating on raising her three children.
Meanwhile, the couple's four-year-old daughter Ostara opted for a bowl of Monster Munch and broccoli. Dad Matt told Stacey that he wouldn't insist she ate the meal if she didn't want to, as he also believes in 'fasting'
Co-sleeping: Ulysses, Ostara and Kai all share one bedroom with their parents, with the family sleeping on mattresses on the floor
Dad Matt also believes in fasting saying he wouldn't force his children to eat if they wanted a day off food (Pictured Ulysees, left, and Ostara)
Outside the house are two pushchairs which Matt says are 'pass-me-ons' and he says all their clothing is second hand and old.
The couple receive £900 a month housing benefit a month for their home, which they moved into six months ago, as it is classed as temporary accommodation.
He said: 'We are proud of what we do. We live very, very frugally. We don't use the schools, doctors, hospitals. We grow our own food and we try to contribute by doing volunteer work and helping people.
'I used to work in a job where I earned a lot of money. I would think nothing of paying out £400 for a bracelet for my wife or £800 for a necklace but we decided to make a conscious change.
'We come under the cosh a little because we claim benefits but we only claim housing and child benefits. We don't claim jobseekers allowance or anything else. We are minimalists in the big scheme of things.
'We feel the old way isn't working and so let's look at a different way to do things. There is another way.'
He said the family home educated all their children but were not stifled by the idea of children reaching particular milestones such as when they are able to read or write.
Adele said: 'Two of the children would be funded to the tune of £3,000 or £4,000 a year if they were in a school but we save people money by home educating.'
In an appearance on This Morning in 2016, the family spoke out about their lifestyle choices before Ostara, then one, urinated on the set of This Morning during their interview
The family went back on the show in 2018, revealing that a health visitor had been to their home after This Morning viewers called social services about them after watching their chaotic first appearance on the programme. Host Philip Schofield said the children were 'very well behaved'
Ostara, four, is still 'mostly in nappies' mum Adele reveals on Instagram, saying she doesn't believe in comparing children to society's milestones
The couple are also against vaccination of their children and say that, as a result, their children could not enter mainstream schools because one depends on the other.
Adele said the Dooley programme was bound to upset some people who were concerned about the way they lived.
She said: 'Social services have been warned in advance because they are going to get lots of calls but they're laughing and saying we'll make sure we don't call you up again. People believe children not wearing shoes is child abuse.'
Matt, who suffers from chronic arthritis, said they have no choice but claim some benefits because it is impossible to be outside the 'system.'
Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over airs on Wednesdays at 10pm on W Channel