It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, 53, and her 70-year-old husband, Charles Saatchi, are getting a divorce. What is surprising, however, is the fact that he’s the one who filed for the divorce.

Less than a month ago, a photograph surfaced of Saatchi with his hands around his younger wife’s neck. Although Saatchi publicly defended himself, saying that the picture looked worse than it really was, Lawson never made a public statement defending the incident, the photograph, or her marriage to an older man. Her rep simply said confirmed that she and the kids had left their family home, although at the time, Saatchi insisted they left to take cover from reporters stationed outside the house.

Saatchi recently released a statement confirming that he had filed for divorce, stating his disappointment with how she handled the incident: “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 also stated that he and his younger wife were going through some rough times and had drifted apart over the last year. Saatchi also added a bit of salt to the wound by saying that he could have very well been the victim in the scenario that unfolded in the restaurant that day. “The row photographed at Scott’s restaurant could equally have been Nigella grasping my neck to hold my attention—as indeed she has done in the past.”

According to the British newspaper that published the exclusive statement, Lawson didn’t know beforehand that he had filed for divorce, and she found out the same way the rest of the world did—by reading his statement in the paper.

What do you think: Did Nigella Lawson handle the incident poorly, or was she right to stay silent about it?


Galla, B., “Nigella Lawson’s Husband Charles Saatchi Files For Divorce,” Us Weekly web site:, last accessed July 8, 2013.


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