‘I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate’: Nigella Lawson reveals how she coped with ‘mortifying’ drug revelations in trial she barely remembers

2 Jan

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has spoken publicly for the first time about how she has coped with ‘mortifying’ allegations about habitual drug use and her collapsed marriage to Charles Saatchi.
The mother-of-two appeared on U.S. TV show Good Morning America to promote her new cooking show, but was also asked about the high-profile court case that shed light on her complicated home life.
Throughout the the fraud trial of her two former PAs last month, she said today her ‘only desire’ was to protect her children but ‘alas I couldn’t always do’.
‘I was so focused on answering questions that you don’t have much awareness of yourself…It’s a good thing. I was trying to protect my children as much as possible,’ she told GMA.
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Miss Lawson appeared on the morning show to promote the new season of TV show The Taste where she stars alongside fellow chefs Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson and Ludo Lefebvre.
In a relaxed interview on the network her new panel show is on, she revealed she had been ‘eating a lot of chocolate’ to cope.
But the first questions were for Miss Lawson who along with a court case amid a media frenzy, endured a bitter and very public divorce from her advertising mogul husband Mr Saatchi.
Miss Lawson told host Amy Robach that she was looking forward to new beginnings but that it had been a difficult year.
She said today: ‘I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate, had a good Christmas and I’m into the new year.’
The TV star admitted that the ‘distortion of your private life on display is mortifying’ but added: ‘To dwell on it is self-pity… now its 2014 and there’s pie’.
Miss Lawson offered Robach a spoonful of lemon meringue pie to promote The Taste, a show which she has described as ‘Masterchef meets The Voice’. The first episode airs in America tonight and on Channel 4 in the UK on January 7.
Nigella’s acrimonious split from Charles Saatchi has hogged headlines across the world, alongside her confession in court that she has used cocaine seven times in her life and accusations by former PAs Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo sisters that she ‘let her children smoke cannabis’.
The chef landed in the U.S. on January 1. She tweeted on Wednesday: ‘It’s not entirely fair that my first meal of 2014 will be aeroplane food…. Lightening dash to America: hope time to eat well too.’
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Last month, the Grillo sisters were acquitted and Lawson admitted during the trial that she took cocaine with her late husband John Diamond when he found out he had terminal cancer, and in 2010 when she claimed she was being ‘subjected to intimate terrorism’ by her former husband Mr Saatchi.
Police are to review her admission that she took the Class A drug.
Miss Lawson admitted taking cocaine seven times. She admitted she had also smoked cannabis during the collapse of her ‘doomed’ marriage to Saatchi but insisted she was not a long-term or habitual user. She said she had been drug free since leaving the relationship.
Giving evidence at Isleworth Crown Court in West London, Miss Lawson said she had faced ‘a long summer of bullying and abuse’ which she said had been ‘dedicated to salvaging Mr Saatchi’s reputation and savaging mine’.
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