She’s had a lavish start to 2021 after welcoming in the year with pals in Dubai.
And Kelsey Stratford, who landed back in the UK on Saturday, has now revealed that she’s gained some weight after enjoying ‘all the food and drink’ on the ‘work trip’.
The TOWIE star, 20, also explained how she’s isolating for 10 days at her aunt’s house to try and protect her disabled sister Kennedy, eight, from any Covid risk.
Back to reality: Kelsey Stratford has revealed that she’s gained some weight after enjoying ‘all the food and drink’ on her ‘work trip’ to Dubai over Christmas and New Year
Taking to Instagram, Kelsey addressed a few questions which had been sent to her by fans.
Sharing a stunning snap from her time in the UAE, she penned: ‘My Covid test came back negative but I still have to isolate for 10 days.
‘I was working out in Dubai with brands which I can’t announce just yet… But I also had a lot of work to do at home which is why I have come back.
‘I have really missed my family too! Kennedy is doing really well ATM. I haven’t gone home just yet until I know I 100 per cent haven’t got anything that will harm her.
Home time: The TOWIE star, 20, also explained how she’s isolating for 10 days at her aunt’s house to try and protect her disabled sister Kennedy, eight, from any Covid risk
‘So I’m staying at my aunts. Miss her sooooo much!’
The brunette beauty then addressed how her time indulging during the trip as meant she’s put on a few extra pounds.
She continued: ‘Since being out in Dubai I have gained weight from all the food & drink! So I will be doing workouts which I’ll video and share with you all! I know you liked the last one.
‘I hope everyones keeping well and safe during these hard times & I’m always here if anyone needs a chat or anything.’
The Essex native travelled to Dubai before Tier 4 rules and the nationwide lockdown, which say travel should only be for essential reasons, were introduced.
Explaining: Kelsey took to Instagram on Sunday to update her fans now that she’s back in the UK after weeks spent in Dubai
It is not currently a requirement for travellers leaving Dubai for the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in Britain however this is set to change.
From Thursday, all travellers will have to provide a negative test before arriving in the UK to prevent the spread of new Covid variants. The results must be obtained less than 72 hours before departure, with £500 fines for those who flout the rules.
Kelsey’s return to the UK comes after her father revealed that her sister, eight-year-old Kennedy, almost died from coronavirus after it ‘impacted her whole body’.
Kennedy, who has genetic condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy, was released from hospital in November after battling the virus as well as sepsis.
Just in time: The beauty made it back to the UK just days ahead of a new travel rule coming into effect which will see people having to provide negative COVID tests (pictured in Dubai)
She’s back: Kelsey shared a snap of her personalised luggage on Saturday night as she landed
And speaking over a month after the ordeal, Kelsey’s dad Paul opened up about the youngster’s horrifying ordeal, admitting the family ‘didn’t know if she was going to make it.’
The youngster was admitted to Great Ormond Street hospital in November, with the family fearing the worst as Kennedy fought Covid-19 and sepsis in intensive care.
It’s said that Kennedy, who spent thee weeks in hospital, was one the first SMA type 1 patients to fall ill with the virus.
Paul told The Mirror: ‘We didn’t know if she was going to make it. She went through a torrid time, it literally impacted her whole body. It was awful to watch.
Battle: It comes after Kelsey’s father recently revealed that her sister eight-year-old Kennedy almost died from coronavirus after it ‘impacted her whole body’
‘The doctors told us they were changing the antibiotics they were giving her, and that it needed to work because there was nothing else they could do.’
The doting father went on to add that the family are desperate for the government to make clear when high-risk children will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccines currently being rolled out, as no timetable has yet been outlined.
He added: ‘There are a large group of vulnerable children who will lose their lives if they catch the virus. We’re not asking to jump the queue, we just need to know what’s going on.’
Despite her release from hospital, Kennedy still suffers from swollen kidneys and will have a scan next month to determine if there is any damage from the virus.
In November, Kelsey opened up about her family’s fears for Kennedy as she battled for her life in hospital.
Tough time: Speaking over a month after his daughter’s arrival home, Kelsey’s dad Paul opened up about the youngster’s horrifying ordeal, admitting they family ‘didn’t know if she was going to make it’
In an interview with MailOnline, Kelsey spoke of her longing for Kennedy to make a full recovery, as living at her family home without her sibling was unbearable.
She explained that Kennedy’s condition weakens her immune system and she’s spent every winter in intensive care after catching colds and even pneumonia.
She said: ‘I am positive she will beat it but it’s never happened before to an SMA type 1 patient, they have never caught something like this so we all don’t know what’s going to happen.
‘Kennedy has been in intensive care every winter, her entire life. But she is really struggling with Covid. We’re heartbroken.
‘Now she has sepsis, it makes it a lot more serious because she has that on top of Covid, which was terrible anyway.’
Kelsey, who found fame on TOWIE in 2019, was forced to move out of her family home so she could continue working, while Kennedy shielded from the virus.
Struggle: The TOWIE star revealed Kennedy’s hospital admission on Instagram in November, saying she was ‘heartbroken’ as her disabled sibling was rushed into intensive care