Matt and Adele Allen hit the news a few years ago with their “lotus” birth story and how she kept the placenta attached to her baby for six days. Ms Allen said she kept the placenta “smelling pleasant” by sprinkling it with a ‘coating of rock salt and rose petals before wrapping [it] in muslin cloths’ that they changed every couple of days.
The controversy continued for this Brighton-based family when the ‘off-grid’ parents appeared on This Morning in the UK and their toddler famously took a wee on the studio floor.
According to the Daily Mail, they then reported that they had been evicted from their home. But despite this setback, they are determined to ‘never change’.
The Allens said they were asked to leave their one-bed flat in Brighton after a row over a stroller left in the hallway.
Children are ‘Feral’
This follows after they were reported for child cruelty for their hands-off approach to parenting their children Ulysses and Ostara, then aged 5 and 1, who were branded ‘feral’ online.
Mr Allen told That’s Life! magazine: ‘Viewers were appalled, calling our children ‘feral’ and ‘out of control’.
‘Vindictive trolls reported us to social services. ‘Come in’, I told the social worker when she made a home visit. ‘I’ve nothing to hide’.
‘She left, satisfied they were happy and healthy.’
Excusing her children’s behaviour on the TV show, Mrs Allen said she cannot discipline her eldest as he is ‘too sensitive an individual’.
We Will Not Change
The family moved to a new one-bedroom flat in Hove, East Sussex and have vowed that the family will not change their lifestyle.
Mr Allen told The Sun: ‘Wherever the wind takes us, our wild existence will continue to be.
‘There’s no two ways about it. We will probably p**s somebody else off in the future, but equally we will inspire others.
‘The important thing is that people attempt to expand their awareness and understanding of this life.’
In a Facebook post about the eviction, Mrs Allen told her followers that they had been told to leave their flat.
She wrote: ‘So we are being evicted due to certain resident’s concerns over their insurance and our pushchair occasionally drying out in the hallway so it doesn’t cause damp in our small flat.’
She then added a photo which the words ‘How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything’.
Breastfeeding Until 5 Years
During their This Morning appearance, Mrs Allen revealed she was still breastfeeding Ulysses up until the age of 5, but had now stopped as ‘he decided it was the right time’.
She added: ‘When September came, I didn’t drop Ulysses at the school gates like other mums.
‘Instead we spent the day foraging in the garden. I was delighted when he pulled up a handful of mint and chewed on it happily.
‘I smiled at Matt, ‘Being out here in the fresh air is much more inspiring than being in a stuffy classroom.”
The couple came under fire once again when it was revealed that they had set up a GoFundMe page, asking for £100,000 to relocate the family to Costa Rica.
In the bio for their fundraiser they explain that they wish to move their family to the country to achieve their parenting dream of ‘self-sustainability’.
What The Neighbours Say
Neighbours have said the couple are polite and well-mannered but the children are often noisy.
One elderly neighbour, said: ‘The kids seem like a handful but they look well cared for and happy.
‘The family has the garden flat in the house and I’ve been told it is a right state, a mess. I was told they all live in the same room which seems a bit strange.
‘I don’t know who the landlord is but I was told he’d had enough of them not obeying house rules. Doors were left open, there was rubbish and bottles left out. It was a state.
‘The houses in this road are very nice and cost a lot of money. Maybe the landlord doesn’t want it ruined and might think of renting to a professional next time.’
One other neighbour said: ‘It’s all well and good saying they are off-grid and are self-sustaining but I know for a fact they are on benefits – in other words everyone else is sustaining their lifestyle.
‘I’ve never had any problem with them myself. Their kids seem nice though they often wander around the streets barefoot and they’re pretty loud.’