White Dee 'forced to leave home' after children subjected to racial abuse

The Benefits Street star said that her daughter and son, who are both mixed race, were subjected to online trolling because of their ethnicity

Jenn Selby
Monday 15 September 2014 15:19
Residents of James Turner Street such as White Dee will have a chance to share their experiences of benefits on a Channel 4 spin-off show
Residents of James Turner Street such as White Dee will have a chance to share their experiences of benefits on a Channel 4 spin-off show

White Dee, the star of Benefits Street and Celebrity Big Brother, has moved away from the home made famous by the Channel 4 documentary series after her children suffered racial abuse online.

The TV personality, whose real name is Deirdre Kelly, has a 16-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son, both of whom are mixed race.

Her manager, Barry Thomas, confirmed to the Huffington Post UK that she had relocated from her house on James Turner Street in Birmingham to a new residence in the city.

"It just got a bit silly," he said. "The abuse has got bigger and bigger. She's been getting quite a lot of hateful stuff on Twitter, and it's clearly going to get a lot worse.

"There was the comment online about her kids being liquorice allsorts, which is just vile and not at all acceptable. So, she's decided the family needs a bit of normality."

Her Rastafarian boyfriend has also been the target of online abuse.

Thomas went on to tell the publication that while White Dee is currently staying in a "secret bolthole", she doesn’t plan to leave James Turner Street permanently.

"I did try and get her to move five months ago, and told her it would only get worse," he said. "But she didn't want to - she loves the street. Dee is Dee, she loves sitting on that front wall having a fag and drinking a cup of tea, talking to people."

Her house had also been subjected to vandalism by "TV tourists", he said.

"We've had people throw eggs at the house, and there's been a brick thrown on one occasion when she was here doing an interview.

"It's just the small proportion of nut-jobs and idiots – 90 per cent of people love her."

White Dee came fifth place on Celebrity Big Brother during the grand final on Friday (12 September).

Meanwhile, Benefits Street will return to Channel 4 in 2015 with a new location and six more episodes.

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