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UK celebrity accidentally swallows AirPod she thought was a vitamin, avoids hospital

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Airpods 3 Buds (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • A UK woman has accidentally swallowed one of her AirPods.
  • Outspoken TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp says she mistook one of her buds for a vitamin.
  • She also says she managed to "chuck it up" without having to visit the hospital.

A UK woman has narrowly avoided hospital after swallowing one of her AirPods when she mistook it for a vitamin.

Outspoken TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp took to Twitter Sunday stating:

In other news I just swallowed an AirPod while downing my vitamins, I don't recommend it. I've managed to chuck it back up without having to go to hospital, but my throat is really quite sore.

Allsopp claims she accidentally ingested one of the buds while "downing my vitamins", but says she avoided having to go to the hospital by forcing herself to throw it back up.

Allsopp, who has drawn criticism on social media before over comments surrounding young people and home affordability, didn't garner much sympathy over the mishap. Many comments called her out for apparently making up the story, while others suggested that it was a ridiculous mistake to make, to which she responded:

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Apple's tiny best true wireless earbuds are no stranger to the digestive tract. In 2021 a man who slept with his AirPods in accidentally swallowed one and had to attend the emergency room after losing his AirPods one night and then feeling a "distinct blockage" in the center of his chest.

In 2020 a seven-year-old ended up in hospital after swallowing AirPods he received for Christmas.

Apple is expected to update its AirPods Pro 2 (2022) later this year with improved noise-canceling and some big audio upgrades, possibly even lossless audio. It's current best true wireless earbuds, its AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro are all likely to see some healthy discounts in these Prime Day AirPod deals.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

3 Comments
  • Is this pic she posted later supposed to justify her stupidity? Because it pretty much does the opposite. How drunk (or high or whatever) do you have to be to not notice that one of those is not like the others?! And why would one single AirPod lie on a bunch of pills anyway?! This is such a b*llsh*t story.
  • 1) How big are the vitamins she normally takes?
    2) Does it still work?
    Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Celebrity is pushing it… she is a tv property show presenter who says young people can’t afford homes because they have a Netflix subscription. Nothing to do with house prices being more than 10 times the average salary, if you’re lucky