It’s pretty safe to say that Nigella Lawson had a shitty 2013. She was choked in public (and God knows how many times privately) by ex-husband Charles Saatchi, then she was forced to testify against her former employers AND had to own up to the fact that yeah, being married to an abusive dickhead kinda makes you want to take drugs sometimes. WHO WOULDN’T?
While she’s laid pretty low since then, Nigella appeared on The Michael McIntyre Show in the UK this week and opened up about the tough time behind her – as well as her hopes for the future.
“Well, you know, I’ve had better times. You know, it’s spring and I’m feeling better and I’m very happy to be here. I’ve been alive longer than you, so I know that life has its dips and it can get better – you can’t fight it.
“I try not to live in the public’s fear. You have your own life. If anything I’ve stopped reading papers, which I find difficult because I was a journalist for so long and I’m a bit of a print fanatic. Of all things to go, that’s relatively alright.”
“I’m not an innocent, I understand how it works, I just don’t involve myself. I don’t speak and I don’t comment. I could say things and they would be indiscreet but I don’t want to. “The real truth is that if you don’t read things and you don’t get too involved it doesn’t enter your bloodstream; if it doesn’t enter your bloodstream you don’t get contaminated. What I’ve found since then is that it’s given me a far too sensitised reaction to newspapers writing about other people’s misfortunes.
“You survive anything yourself but when I see other people’s private lives being treated and put in a cavalier way, I think I don’t want to read it and I don’t want to be included in it. I really think that if the major thing in your life is what people who don’t know you think then you’re living your life wrong.”
Oh man, I love me some Nigella. Thank God she got out of that awful situation. I just hope now we can leave her personal life alone and just concentrate on her delicious food, ‘cos oh man, it’s so so good.
March 29, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jennifer
Nigella Lawson admits to taking cocaine, though says that she is not an addict, joking that cocaine addicts are, “a lot thinner than I am.” God, I love her. Here’s more on the story, from The Telegraph:
Miss Lawson, 53, said she first used cocaine when her first husband, John Diamond, was fighting cancer before his death from the disease in 2001.
[...] She also gave her first account of the row in a restaurant that led to the end of her marriage to Mr. [Charles] Saatchi, saying that he grabbed her by the throat in a fit of jealousy, telling her: “I’m the only person who should be giving you pleasure.”
[...] Judge Robin Johnson told her she was entitled not to answer questions if she was at risk of incriminating herself. Then Mr Metzer asked her: “Are you or have you ever been a user of cocaine?” She replied: “I have never been a drug addict, I have never been a habitual user. There were two times in my life when I used cocaine.”
“One time was when my husband’s cancer was terminal and he was introduced to it, thinking it would help, and I did on maybe six occasions join in with him.There was another time I took cocaine, in July of 2010. I was having a very, very difficult time. I felt subjected to acts of intimate terrorism by Mr Saatchi. I felt totally ashamed, isolated and in fear and just unhappy. A friend of mine offered me some cocaine and I took it. It completely spooked me?…?I didn’t have a drug problem, I had a life problem, and I needed to deal with it and went to a therapist.”
I find this whole thing very interesting, honestly. It goes on:
Miss Lawson said Mr Saatchi did not approve of drugs, but alleged that during his time running the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency “they brought in a big sack of cocaine every Friday,” which others took.
Asked if she had ever taken cannabis, she struggled to keep her composure as she said: “I have. I would say with some shame, but I have to be honest, I have smoked the odd joint, starting, I would say, in the last year of my marriage to Mr Saatchi.
“I found it made an intolerable situation tolerable. Since freeing myself from a brilliant but brutal man I am now totally cannabis, cocaine and illegal drug free.”
Asked if she had ever smoked the drug “with or in front of” the couple’s children from previous relationships, she said: “I sometimes did, I’m afraid to say.”
Miss Lawson also confirmed she had taken the antidepressant Xanax, but only in doses prescribed by her doctor and not in “excessive” amounts.
Anyway I guess that’s enough and you get the idea. I think it’s ridiculous that she has to testify about this. What the hell does it have to do with anything? Cheap shot, lawyers.
December 5, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
1LOL, Yeah, Okay: Nigella Lawson Has Apparently Been Addicted to Cocaine, Pot and Pills For a Decade #TeamNigella
We can’t possibly know what goes on in the private lives of celebrities all the time, regardless of how pervasive the media and paparazzi might be. I’m sure we could hear some stories that would absolutely make our heads spin ’round. However, I’m sorry, I find it absolutely laughable that Charles Saatchi – who, lest we forget, is an abusive dickhead who was caught publicly choking his wife – is now claiming that Nigella Lawson has been a drug addict for the past 10 years.
Well, I’m simplifying it a bit. Here’s the deal: these two Italian kitchen assistants that Nigella has worked with for – surprise! the past decade were caught having stolen £300,000 worth of Saatchi’s money from his company credit card. Since they’re in deep shit and having to go to court to answer for the charges, they’ve decided that a great defense would be to say that Nigella was so “off her head” (direct quote!) on cocaine, pot and prescription pills for the past ten years that she told them to go ahead and spend whatever they want as part of an “understanding” that they wouldn’t tell Saatchi about her drug habit. LMAO okay.
Saatchi then released his own little statement saying he totally believes the Grillo sisters (the thieves) about all the drug charges because “after all, they only stole money” (uh, what?) and claimed that Nigella drugged her 19-year-old daughter Cosmia and oh man, this whole shit is a mess. Here’s a bit more from The Mirror:
He was said to be furious after discovering her “guilty secret” following claims that she had been snorting cocaine every day for a decade and using cannabis and prescription pills.
The millionaire art dealer branded her “Higella” – and also accused her of “poisoning” her daughter Cosima, 19, with drugs and “trashing her life”. He added: “Classy!”
Judge Robin Johnson read out an email in which Saatchi blasted his ex-wife for abusing drugs with Cosima, known as Mimi – her daughter from her first marriage to John Diamond, who died of cancer in 2001.
In the message, sent at 9.06pm on October 10, Saatchi accused his ex of ruining the teenager’s life.
He added: “Of course now the Grillo sisters will get off on the basis that you, Mimi [and another person] were so off your heads on drugs that you allowed the sisters to spend whatever they liked. And yes I believe every word they have said.
LOL, I just can’t with this pathetic old man – or these two assistants! Saatchi is desperate as hell to clear his name and get focus off the fact that he’s an abusive prick, and the two assistants are just trying to spare their asses a load of jail time. I’m sorry, but I just do not believe for a single second that Nigella Lawson is or ever was a drug addict. I can’t see it and I won’t even entertain that fuckery.
Hilariously, Higella (great nickname, btw) sorta kinda acknowledged everything that’s going on – or at least her team did – with today’s recipe of the day on Twitter:
— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) November 27, 2013
#TeamNigella For EVER.
November 27, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Nigella Lawson can breathe a sigh of relief, as a judge has granted her a divorce from her asshole scrotum of a husband, Charles Saatchi. Just in case you forgot, Charles choked her repeatedly in public, played it off as a joke, admonished Nigella for not defending him and then refused to apologise. Sounds like a stand-up guy. Thank Christ she got away from him.
From BBC News:
TV chef Nigella Lawson and art collector Charles Saatchi have been granted a divorce at the High Court in London, ending their 10-year marriage.
In a hearing lasting less than a minute, District Judge Anne Aitken granted the couple a decree nisi.
Well, that was quick and simple. The only thing that’s a shame is that it took this incident for shit to take off like this. I guess she didn’t really have a choice since she was publicly humiliated, just about. Either way, I’m just glad she got out. This is some serious bullshit and NO ONE should put up with abuse – physical, mental, emotional or whatever – by someone who is supposed to love them. Fuck that.
July 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Nigella Lawson is finally divorcing her scumbag husband – the lovely gent who felt it appropriate to choke her in public, joke about it and then admonish her for not defending his honour – and everyone wants the details. According to reports, Oprah Winfrey might just be the one to get them in a sit-down interview in the coming months all about her divorce.
From The Sunday Mirror:
The domestic goddess, 53, is said to be considering the offer from the telly host, often dubbed “the most influential woman in the world”.
Devastated Nigella is thought to be keen to speak to Oprah, 59, as she knows she will not be pushed into divulging details about the controversial end to her
The pair split after shocking photographs emerged last month of Saatchi gripping Nigella by the neck.
The interview would be a chance for Nigella, who fronts reality TV series The Taste in the US, to re-establish herself as a prominent personality in the States.
A source said: “Oprah is the place to go if you want to give an interview on a difficult topic and don’t want to be grilled.
“Nigella understands she will have to start promoting her television show but she does not want to be dogged by uncomfortable questions about her marriage.”
Well, I imagine the whole subject is uncomfortable so any questions about being choked in public by your husband or any other possible abuse going on aren’t going to be a bed of roses. I do think Oprah might be the best person to talk to if she actually wants to talk about this, though.
July 22, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t see how one can remain “amicable” with an asshole who chokes you in public, then calls it a joke, then releases a public statement about how shitty you are for not defending him for abusing you, but okay, let’s just take this joint statement from Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi for what it is. They’re getting a divorce and I can’t wait.
Here we go…
“Following the separation of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi there has been much inaccurate speculation in the press over the weekend.
“Nigella and Charles would like to clarify the position. We can confirm that Fiona Shackleton is acting for Nigella Lawson to ensure a swift and amicable resolution.
“A divorce will proceed on the undefended basis, the decree nisi is to be pronounced on July 31, and neither party will be making any financial claims against the other.”
Well, that’s nice, I guess. At least he’s not giving her a hard time about getting the divorce. Now Nigella can go back to being a total queen and not needing some asshole abuser in her face. Ladies, I’d advise becoming against Charles Saatchi’s fourth wife. It won’t end well.