Martha Stew­art dishes about her love life and her new gig as a judge on Chopped.


Closer Weekly - - Contents - — Ni­cholas Adams

“I was married for 30 years. Isn’t that enough?” — Martha

Don’t go look­ing for Martha Stew­art on Tin­der. The 77-year-old life­style ex­pert re­cently ad­mit­ted she hasn’t tried the pop­u­lar dat­ing app, af­ter find­ing her much-pub­li­cized dal­liance with “bru­tal” and “aw­ful” be­cause “the al­go­rithm didn’t fit me.”

Be­sides, Martha jokes, with­out the as­sis­tance of any kind of tech­nol­ogy, “Men are just lined up at the door.” She’s been sin­gle since her mar­riage to lawyer and pub­lisher An­drew Stew­art (fa­ther of her daugh­ter, Alexis, 53) ended in 1990, and th­ese days she prefers to keep her love life “sim­ple and fun.”

Cur­rently work­ing on her 91st book, The Martha Man­ual: How to Do (Al­most) Ev­ery­thing — due in Jan­uary — she says she’s will­ing to cook for a man on a first date, but only if she’s met him be­fore. She’s also game to go horse­back rid­ing with a beau. “We have lots of trails in Bed­ford,” she says of her New York home­town. “So it’s a very pleas­ant place to go out on a long trail ride.”


Martha might not have time for a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship, even if she were look­ing for one. She’s busy tap­ing the third sea­son of the VH1 hit Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Din­ner Party with rap­per Snoop Dogg as well as her new gig as a judge on Chopped. “It’s a fun but very long day, from 7 in the morn­ing un­til al­most 7 at night,” she says of shoot­ing the Food Net­work com­pe­ti­tion show. “But it’s not so long for us be­cause we’re sit­ting and drink­ing and hav­ing a tast­ing. Those poor, poor chefs per­form­ing are the ones who are re­ally sweat­ing it out.”

For Martha, it’s all about liv­ing in the mo­ment. “I don’t think about to­mor­row — I think about what I’m go­ing to do to­day,” she says. “I mean, I have plans for to­mor­row, but if I thought about it I’d go crazy be­cause there’s so much to do still.”

“Re­tire­ment” is not in Martha’s vo­cab­u­lary. “Not me — I’m not that kind of per­son,” she says. “My mom worked till she was 93. She was still babysit­ting, and she was the most pop­u­lar babysit­ter in her town.” And that’s a good thing.

Martha with fel­low judge Amanda Fre­itag and host Ted Allen on Chopped

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