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This Morning’s Holly Willoughby clashes with ‘tradwife’ who gets allowance from husband

A ‘tradwife‘ who revealed she gets an allowance from her husband in an appearance on This Morning has massively divided opinion.

Alena Petitt, who describes herself as a ‘feminist’, gave up her career to become a stay-at-home wife and mother.

She appeared on the ITV show on Thursday morning when she clashed with presenter Holly Willoughby about her life decisions.

But following the programme, dozens of people took to social media to praise Alena for her bravery while others deemed her ‘tragic’.

The 34-year-old told viewers, she always wanted to be a housewife when she was growing up and has gone back to living with the ‘traditional values’ of the 1950s.

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After meeting her husband at work and letting him write her resignation letter, Alena says that she has ‘flourished’ since becoming a full-time housewife, reports WalesOnline.

But Holly became concerned when Alena revealed that she gets an ‘allowance’ from her husband.

Alena said: “He oversees major finances, so if I want to spend some money on new sofas, he’ll say no.

“That’s because he knows what’s coming in and going out. I’m obviously aware of what’s coming in and going out, but I don’t concern myself with it largely.”

Explaining her ‘allowance’, she described it as ‘essentially housekeeping money’.

“It’s no different from getting a paycheck, and half of it going out for tax and things like that,” she said. “I get the money to look after the consumables in the household like food and fuel for the car, and then of course there’s some in there for me.

“If I’m really frugal with it, whatever is left is mine, he’s not pouring over my receipts seeing that I’m doing a good job and being a good wifey.”

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Alena then argued people need to change their attitudes: “It is a job and we’d really love people to recognise that.”

Holly questioned whether Alena thought her husband‘s role is more important and asked why she wasn’t allowed to budget her own money.

She said: “I just think it’s that language. If you have to ask to buy a sofa the power balance is different.

“Why do you have to ask him? You can budget.”

Alena explained that she wouldn’t take a large amount of money to buy herself luxuries. 

Hitting back, Holly asked about the pressure she was under and her son growing up in a ‘tradwife‘ household. 

Alena responded: “We had the right to choose and my son will have that as well.

“We have found a lifestyle that really helped our marriage flourish.”

This Morning viewers took to Twitter to praise the housewife for living the life that makes her happy.

One said: “Tradwife all sounds very fair, this is a choice, leave them to it.”

Another wrote: “I can relate to being a #tradwife #thismorning I love not working and being a mother and a house wife. It’s hard sometimes and you don’t always get it right but it’s so rewarding if that’s your choice of career.”

A third added: “The same people who look down on #Housewives tend to be the same people who are overworked, live in unorganised houses, have badly behaved children and unhappy spouses, and don’t know how to enjoy the little things in life.”

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But some viewers weren’t so supportive with the idea of being a ‘tradwife’.

One tweeted: “A tradwife is a woman who submits to her husband and does what he says. Basically, she’s a 1950s housewife.”

Another wrote: “This woman on #thismorning is literally trying to drag everyone back to the 1950’s. No. Women have rights and are treated like humans and not property. This is absurd. Shut up.”

Another viewer called it ‘tragic’, while one said: “He gives her an allowance? Why doesn’t she just have a bankcard to a joint account?? Sorry – and I’m really not judging anyone who chooses to stay at home for whatever reason – but that is subjugation.”

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