A month after disturbing photos of Nigella Lawson's husband clutching her throat went viral, Charles Saatchi filed for divorce from his wife stating he was "disappointed" the celebrity chef did not publicly defend him.
"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so," the art collector told the Daily Mail. "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."
The controversial incident occurred during an argument over lunch at a London café. Saatchi said he was merely trying to get his wife's attention when he grabbed her throat four separate times and that her tears stemmed from their disagreement, not his hands on her throat. He also claimed she had used the same physical maneuver on him during their marriage.
Not everyone bought the former advertising executive's spin on the public spectacle. The New York Times implied Saatchi went out of his way to humiliate his famous wife during the spat by sticking her finger up her nose, an action he defended as grooming assistance. "Even domestic goddesses sometimes have a bit of snot in their nose," Saatchi said. "I was trying to fish it out."
The foodie fatale was reportedly caught off guard by her husband's decision to divorce and had been unable to communicate with him to hash out their problems. "She had no idea that Charles was going to file for divorce," a source told The Sun. "She keeps saying, 'How can you file for divorce without even talking about it?'"
Lawson's 10-year marriage was the 53-year-old's second attempt at wedded bliss. Her first marriage to British journalist John Diamond -- which yielded two children -- ended in divorce in 2001.
The "Nigella Kitchen" star is not the only celebrity chef who mistakenly thought she had found the meatball to her spaghetti.
Now embroiled in a scandal over her use of the N-word, Paula Deen divorced the father of her two children after 24 years. During their sweet and sour marriage, the butter queen moved 20 times in 20 years and suffered from agoraphobia -- fear of leaving the house. The deposed Food Network diva is now married to Michael Groover, who has thus far stood by her after she was attacked for keeping her diabetes a secret and, more recently, after admitting to using racist language.
Paul Hollywood is another celebrity chef who found himself in the stew pot after the "Great British Bake Off" presenter became too friendly with the Food Network's Marcela Valladolid. The man who is sometimes called the "George Clooney of Baking" was taunted by his estranged wife Alexandra after he posted a photo while dining à deux with the "Mexican Made Easy' star. "If I went out on a romantic evening I'd be gazing lovingly at my date, Not tweeting my empty plate," she tweeted.
Meanwhile, the woman who has helped millions of brides plan weddings through her books and magazines has herself been unlucky in love. Martha Stewart's marriage to her only husband Andy Stewart turned to vinegar after 26 years. She later dated actor Anthony Hopkins but broke up with him after he appeared in "Silence of the Lambs" because she couldn't separate him from the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter. More recently, the foxy ex-felon ventured out to meet Mr. Martha Stewart 2 by signing up for dating site Match.com.
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