She’s the most hated woman in Britain so it may come as little surprise that Katie Hopkins is terrified about reprisals for her outspoken views.
The ever-controversial TV personality and columnist has revealed that she is so wary of her family’s safety that a panic button is installed in her Exeter home, just in case..
“Our house is rigged up to the local police station – that’s just my life I suppose,” she told the Daily Star, adding that her children are “somewhat isolated” from the dangers she may face as “they don’t have iPads and they don’t have phones”.
“My parents aren’t a part of it at all either,” she said. “They don’t go on Twitter. I just send them clips of me looking fairly alright.”
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
1/16 Katie Hopkins on 'plus size'
'To call yourself 'plus-size' is just a euphemism for being fat. Life is much easier when you're thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look.'
2/16 Katie Hopkins on naming children
‘I think you can tell a great deal from a name. For me, there are certain names that I hear and I think ‘Urgh’. For me, a name is a shortcut of finding out what class that child comes from and makes me ask, ‘Do I want my children to play with them?’ There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that and that’s why I don’t like those sorts of children. ‘Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine’. I hear: ‘Hi, I am thick and ignorant.’’
3/16 Katie Hopkins on gender equality
'Women don't want equal treatment, they couldn't handle it if they got it. It's a tough world out there. What a lot of women are actually looking for is special treatment. What women need to realise is that they have to toughen up.'
4/16 Katie Hopkins on immigration
'I've always said if you go into a school playground and shout Mohammad, you'll probably get 100 children running towards you!"
5/16 Katie Hopkins to Benefits Street's White Dee
'Do you not feel like the patron saint of druggies and dropouts?'
6/16 Katie Hopkins on tattoos
'Are tattoos just a badge for the stupid? For me, and for lots of people like me, when you see tatoos you think of someone who is just looking for attention, who hasn't managed to find a way in their life through conventional means and who is just shouting 'I want attention! I want to be looked at!'
7/16 Katie Hopkins on addiction
‘I don’t believe what Russell Brand says about addiction. I just don’t buy it. Gazza likes drinking, let him crack on. He is enjoying himself.’
8/16 Katie Hopkins on The X Factor
'The X Factor 2013 has ended in a painful showdown between a fat mum in a jumpsuit (Sam Bailey) and a small boy in whatever his mum laid out for him on his bed (Nicholas McDonald)'
9/16 Katie Hopkins on the Egyptian uprising
'The difference between most mothers and me is that I didn’t sit around drinking coffee at baby group for 12 months after the birth of my baby. No, in three weeks I was back in my suit, back at my desk earning profit for my business and I don’t see why other women shouldn’t do the same.'
10/16 Katie Hopkins on maternity leave
'Egyptian uprising continues to look like Bonfire Night. Protest fireworks. Right up there with angry cup cakes.'
11/16 Katie Hopkins on 'gingerism'
'Ginger babies. Like a baby. Just so much harder to love. A ginger person with tattoos called Jayden? The triumvirate of horror!'
12/16 Katie Hopkins on affairs
'I lied to get someone else's husband because I wanted him. I give myself 8 out of 10 for ruthlessness for that one.'
13/16 Katie Hopkins on the elderly
‘Personally I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable. Ran past a mobility scooter going up hill. Made me giggle. I need to grow up and stop being an arse.’
14/16 Katie Hopkins after the Glasgow helicopter crash
'Life expectancy in Scotland is 59.5. Goodness me. That lot will do anything to avoid working until retirement.'
15/16 Katie Hopkins on Ramadan
'Channel 4 broadcasts Islamic calls to prayer for Ramadan. A 30 day reminder that minority rules in the UK. Any more PC, it'd be a bloody laptop.'
16/16 Katie Hopkins on self-harming
'I am advised by the Twitterati to 'cut myself'. I grazed myself on my house gate yesterday. Will that suffice?'
Hopkins’ outspoken opinions have been the cause of much public outrage since she first appeared on The Apprentice eight years ago. Since then, she has taken part in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother and Question Time.
The 40-year-old lives with her husband Mark and their three children Max, India and Poppy, all aged ten and under.
She has received many death threats since 2007 for deliberately causing offence with provocative comments about divisive issues including obesity, benefit and immigration.
Hopkins recently branded dementia patients “bed blockers” before suggesting they should be “banged over the head” as she would want to be as there is “no point of life” with the illness.
The day I am diagnosed with dementia is the day I book my ticket to Dignitas. This country still treats animals more humanely than humans— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 6, 2015
Last May, she told an audience of Cambridge University students that she didn’t “really like fat people” and “wouldn’t like to meet a ginger in the dark”.
Her lucky dip of obnoxious quotes has also produced classics such as “suicidal prisoners should just kill themselves”, that women shouldn’t breastfeed in public and the unkind remark that Nigella Lawson is a “self-obsessed flirt”.
“Some people might think I’m a disgusting harlot of a woman who doesn’t deserve the right to speak,” she said. “That view is particularly strong at the moment. But I welcome that because we’re all so different.”Reuse content