Nigella re­veals she has to work af­ter di­vorce

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NIGELLA LAW­SON has talked about hav­ing to start her life again in her 50s fol­low­ing the col­lapse of her mar­riage to Charles Saatchi.

The 58-year-old food writer and tele­vi­sion star re­vealed she has to work to pay the bills at a time when “you’re meant to be pay­ing it all off ”.

She also talked frankly about her de­spair at the death of fel­low tele­vi­sion chef Anthony Bour­dain, her habit of spend­ing en­tire week­ends with­out get­ting dressed and how Nancy Dell’Olio call­ing her “fat” had “thrilled” her.

Law­son made the re­veal­ing com­ments in a lengthy in­ter­view with food critic Ma­rina O’Lough­lin in the lat­est edi­tion of food and wine mag­a­zine No­ble Rot.

Asked about the ef­fects of fame and whether she would pre­fer to step out of the pub­lic eye, she said she did think about it but had fi­nan­cial is­sues to con­sider.

“I had to start my life again at 53, get a mort­gage at an age when you’re meant to be pay­ing it all off,” she said “I do have to work. But I only do a TV pro­gramme every other year. It’s not like I’m there all the time.”

Her 10-year mar­riage to the renowned ad­ver­tis­ing guru and art col­lec­tor col­lapsed in 2013 af­ter he was pic­tured grab­bing her round the throat out­side Lon­don restau­rant Scott’s.

At a court case later that year in­volv­ing the cou­ple’s two for­mer as­sis­tants, the mother of two ad­mit­ted taking cannabis and co­caine, but de­nied be­ing ad­dicted to drugs.

In the in­ter­view she said she had a neg­a­tive side, was nat­u­rally lazy, but her pub­lic side is more up­beat.

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