‘We’ve been try­ing for a fam­ily for two years'

gregg Wal­lace tells Woman’s Own of his and his fourth wife anna’s strug­gles to con­ceive

Woman's Own - - CELEB INTERVIEW -

Gregg Wal­lace is one of our best-known food tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ters, with ap­pear­ances on Masterchef, In­side The Fac­tory, and Eat Well For Less. But, de­spite be­ing very cheery on screen, the former gro­cer, 53, has re­vealed to Woman’s Own of his strug­gles to con­ceive with fourth wife Anne-marie, 32.

now three stone lighter than in as many years, gregg ex­plains how doc­tors telling him he could suf­fer a heart at­tack was the push he needed to lose the weight…

What made you lose the weight? a few years ago, i just didn’t like the way i looked on telly. at my heav­i­est i was 16 stone – i am 5ft 8 – a blood test re­vealed that my choles­terol level was sky-high and the doc­tor said i was at risk of a ma­jor heart at­tack. and in the sum­mer, i found it was creep­ing up so i lost a stone.

What’s your rou­tine? i work out five days a week and swim. i love swimming – to me it is both ex­er­cise and med­i­ta­tion. if i can re­main or can get even fit­ter and stay fit and well into my seven­ties i may well be able to make a liv­ing out of it… i can see me do­ing the gregg Wal­lace work­out!

Are you hap­pier about your body now? What i can’t get rid of is my belly. that is where i store any fat. i can deal with the bald head, but it’s the belly that both­ers me!

Do you have date nights with your wife? We like to cook at the week­end, and so will open some wine, lis­ten to mu­sic and rus­tle up some dishes. We pri­ori­tise lis­ten­ing to each other. i think it seems to be not nec­es­sar­ily ro­man­tic but in­cred­i­bly prac­ti­cal for a suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship. i have found that what has hap­pened to me pre­vi­ously is that once you find your­self com­pet­ing with each other on how tough your lives are, it is go­ing wrong. We are very for­tu­nate to be able to have hol­i­days, too, so we spend the whole of au­gust in italy, just eat­ing, chat­ting, walk­ing and ex­plor­ing.

‘The game of love is a lot­tery’

Are you try­ing to start a fam­ily? yes, we’ve been try­ing for two years. When i fell in love with a much younger woman, i re­alised that this is what she would want. i think, if an older man says to a younger woman i don’t re­ally want chil­dren, i don’t think he loves her. the game of love is a lot­tery and i have just been very, very lucky this time. What i had to of­fer, anna was look­ing for and what she had to of­fer i was look­ing for and the chances of that hap­pen­ing are slim. We have a very good un­der­stand­ing. We have two lovely french bull­dogs, too, bella and Wally. i have never felt this much love in my life. i am a very lucky man.

Gregg and Anne-marie would like to start a fam­ily

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