After those throat-grabbing images proved cataclysmic for TV chef Nigella Lawson and art collector Charles Saatchi's marriage, it has emerged that their divorce will be finalised by the end of July.
Less than three months after Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi were pictured out for a meal in the middle of an altercation, during which Saatchi's hands were round his wife's neck, the couple are swiftly seeking a divorce, albeit one that is reportedly amicable. The 53-year-old TV cook and personality, who is famed for her looks and easy approach to cooking, moved out of their Chelsea home in mid-June. She has enlisted the help of her lawyer cousin, Baroness Shackleton, who represented Sir Paul McCartney in his separation from Heather Mills, according to The Telegraph.
TV Chef Nigella Lawson Is Divorcing Her Husband Of 10 Years.
It is still not truly known what events led to 70-year-old Saatchi holding his wife's neck and tweaking her nose in their public dispute, but he has played down any suggestions of domestic violence or assault, describing the incident as a "playful tiff" yet still voluntarily took himself down to Charing Cross Police station and accepted a caution for assault. Lawson herself is yet to comment on the events but she has been seen in public without her wedding ring. She made her name as a journalist-turned TV chef who has published 10 cookery books, selling 3 million copies worldwide. She and Saatchi, an art dealer and co-founder of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, were married in 2003 after the 2001 death of Lawson's first husband, John Diamond.
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In the couple's first public statement since the now-infamous incident, they've said: "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 31 July, and neither party will be making any financial claims against the other. Contrary to some reports, Charles Saatchi has not consulted lawyers and has represented himself throughout." Their divorce will be pronounced by the end of the month.