Nigella, husband to divorce

2013-07-07 09:34

London - British art collector Charles Saatchi told a newspaper on Sunday that he is divorcing his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, following an incident in which he grabbed her by the neck outside a London restaurant.

Under the headline "I'm divorcing you Nigella", 70-year-old Saatchi said in a statement to the Mail on Sunday that he had made a "heartbreaking" decision to separate from his 53-year-old wife because she had not defended him over the row.

The publicity-shy former advertising executive, who owns London's Saatchi Gallery for contemporary art, accepted a police caution last month after pictures of the incident appeared in another tabloid, the Sunday People.

"I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," he said in the statement which was splashed over the front page of the newspaper.

'Heartbreaking for both of us'

"This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart," he wrote.

"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way."

Saatchi insisted that his actions had not been "violent" and claimed that Lawson, to whom he has been married for 10 years, had grasped his neck in the past because they were both "tactile" people.

There was no immediate comment from Lawson.

The daughter of former Conservative finance minister Nigel Lawson, she is a multi-millionaire cookery writer and TV presenter.

Dubbed 'the domestic goddess', she is famed for her flirtatious approach to cooking.

She married Saatchi in 2003, and has two children from her marriage to journalist John Diamond, who died of throat cancer in 2001. Saatchi has one daughter from his previous marriage.

Comments

  • Martin Wright - 2013-07-07 10:37

    I dont blame you for leaving her boet!

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-07 21:35

      He ATTACKED HER!!! ... then he trys to pull the old-age GUILT TRIP on her for not "supporting him" and his ABUSE!!! All I can say is Nigella you deserve to LIVE and not just EXIST! Divorce is the 2nd BEST option under the circumstances, the 1st is to have HIS ROTTEN ASS thrown into JAIL for eternity!!!!!

  • Vannessa Jooste - 2013-07-07 10:55

    It seems to me that he was just looking for an excuse to leave her. I reckon he orchestrated the whole thing in order to appear like the aggrieved party in the divorce proceedings.

      Honeya Badger - 2013-07-07 18:37

      Really? The coin has 2 sides and the other side may be that he was just a poor man married to something he could never please no matter what he did or had.

  • Sean Tearnan - 2013-07-07 11:02

    Nigella u can do so much better than that Pompous old fart

      Honeya Badger - 2013-07-07 18:30

      Absolutely! She should try iron Mike Tyson! Now that would be a marriage made in you know ...

  • John Smith - 2013-07-07 11:03

    Good, kick him to the curb

  • Kevin Ramsamy - 2013-07-07 11:08

    So his a woman abuser and his making an issue of her not defending him after he smacked her around...yoh people these days I say she should press charges and teach him a lesson

      Del Pearson - 2013-07-07 11:26

      This is a very one sided story. Was he provoked - I would like to hear his side of the story.

      Darryl Maze - 2013-07-07 15:54

      Oh Del shut up. What he did was wrong and he knows he did wrong. His crap excuse to say they divorcing because she did not not side with him is pathetic and he's trying to get public support. No man has the right to treat women like that.

      Robert Coughlan - 2013-07-08 00:25

      Del - if he can't 'use his words' and has to use his hands to resolve conflict, then he's an infantile ninny.

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-07 11:42

    She is so good looking and famous, she don't need that arrogant old hag with her

  • Derrick Chong - 2013-07-07 11:44

    70 years old and very senile

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-07 21:50

      no excuse NO MATTER the age!

  • Felicity Loopstra - 2013-07-07 12:27

    Sad for both of you. A marriage is not an easy thing. Wish you both well for the future - an ex ad director & now an aspiring cookery writer

  • Shannon Moffett - 2013-07-07 14:27

    @ del..... no amount of provocation makes his behavior acceptable!

  • Alan Meyer - 2013-07-07 15:58

    Marry me !!!

  • Sue Maguire - 2013-07-07 16:11

    Good riddance to a stupid, pompas ass. She's a strong woman, she'll be fine. What an arrogant man. Shame on him

  • Charmaine Rowlands - 2013-07-08 00:37

    They'll be bashing the door down with marriage proposals Nigella. No woman needs to be smacked around. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Jenny Todd Buchler - 2013-07-08 09:18

    HE IS ALL OVER THE MEDIA, EXPLAINING HIS SIDE OF THE STORY, NOTICE NIGELLA, THE LADY SHE IS HAS NOT SPLASHED THE MEDIA WITH HER LIFE, SOMETHING TELLS ME WHERE THER IS SMOKE THERE IS FIRE, SHE MIGHT BE WELL RID OF HIM AND HIS LIGHT HANDS,

  • Lohan Felix - 2013-07-09 00:11

    nigella=milf :-)

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