Nigella Lawson, 54, Makes Bold Confession About Being Married to Charles Saatchi, 70

Charles Saatchi Sugar Daddy And Nigella LawsonCelebrity chef Nigella Law­son, 54, recently sat down for an emo­tional TV inter­view and opened up about the rocky end to her mar­riage with 70-year-old busi­ness­man Charles Saatchi.

The celebrity cou­ple made head­lines back in June 2013 when pho­tos sur­faced of Saatchi with his hands around his young wife’s neck in pub­lic. He claimed the pic­tures didn’t depict what really hap­pened, and less than a month later, Saatchi was sur­pris­ingly the one who filed for divorce after 10 years of mar­riage. At the time, he admit­ted that he was dis­ap­pointed with how his wife kept silent about the whole inci­dent, and that they had been hav­ing mar­riage trou­bles for a while.

Saatchi later claimed that his rela­tion­ship with Nigella Law­son first started as an affair—they sup­pos­edly started see­ing each other six months before her first hus­band died of can­cer. Unfor­tu­nately, a crum­bled mar­riage and a bit­ter ex-husband were just the begin­ning of Lawson’s down­fall. In Novem­ber 2013, two of the celebrity couple’s per­sonal assis­tants were on trial for fraud and accused Law­son of brib­ing them to keep quiet about her drug prob­lem; she later admit­ted to using cocaine.

Nigella Law­son has since tried to move on with her life, but look­ing back, she still com­pares the fall­out of her May-December mar­riage and the legal trou­bles over the past year to “hav­ing a layer of skin removed.”

She also admit­ted in the inter­view that all of the scrutiny over her mar­riage and her drug use has pushed her to become more sen­si­tized to what she sees in the media. “I’m not an inno­cent, I under­stand how it works. I just don’t involve myself. I don’t speak and don’t com­ment. I could say things and be indis­creet, but I don’t want to,” she said in the interview.

Despite the pub­lic end of her May-December mar­riage and the embar­rass­ing court drama, Nigella Law­son is still try­ing to stay opti­mistic about the future. “I have had bet­ter times; it is spring and I am feel­ing bet­ter and I am very happy to be here.”

Mean­while, her older ex-husband has got­ten past their rough times by find­ing him­self a new younger woman. Charles Saatchi is now report­edly dat­ing fash­ion designer Trinny Woodall, who’s 20 years his junior.


McCor­mack, K., “‘I’m not inno­cent’ Nigella Law­son breaks down as she opens up about mar­riage split,” Express web site, March 28, 2014;

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