Nigella and her husband, art collector Saatchi, are going to divorce. Not because he behaved in an unacceptable manner. (He grabbed Nigella by the throat while they were in a restaurant in London.) But because Nigella hasn’t defended him when the photo’s were published, and he was branded an abuser of women.It must feel for Nigella, that she is being abused again by Saatchi. A very sordid affair indeed. What do we believe? How could it have come to this?Saatchi commented: “I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson, and I are getting divorced. 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.” According to sources, Saatchi and Lawson haven’t spoken to each other since the incident.
The soon to be ex-husband of Nigella continued: “This is heartbreaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have become estranged and drifted apart… 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.” We have to take his word for it because Nigella isn’t speaking to the press. It seems like Lawson is being abused again by Saatchi, this time not physically, but emotionally.
When Saatchi was asked about his actions during the row, he had very different views on what happened, than the photos indicated:
- He didn’t attack Nigella by sticking his finger in her nostril during the argument, but was merely wiping her nose.
- The whole incident was just a “playful tiff”, claiming that he had held her neck repeatedly to “emphasise my point” while the couple discussed their children.
- He did go to the police station, not because he was remorseful, and knew what he had done, but because, he didn’t want this “hanging over all of us for months”.
Nigella, 53, moved out of their shared home in Chelsea, West London, a week after the incident, and is temporarily staying in a rented apartment in an exclusive private members’ club in Mayfair. She hasn’t worn her wedding ring since, however, and she refuses to talk about what happened. Nigella has also moved all of her belongings out of their shared house, and has been seen flat-hunting.
Most people however are very upset about their collective behaviour, but specifically with Nigella’s. Lawson is a role model, and should stand up for herself. She also should have tried to avoid the situation that Saatchi was allowed to file for divorce first, when clearly she has everything on her side to divorce him, and make a statement for women everywhere. The behaviour of Saatchi should not go unpunished, and he shouldn’t have made statements that make him look innocent. (Another sore point is that he could tell his side, but we haven’t heard from Nigella herself.)
What do you think? Is Lawson being abused again by Saatchi, but this time emotionally? Does Nigella have an ulterior motive for not speaking out, and telling her side of the story? Do you think she should have filed for divorce first? Or do you think that for Nigella it’s simply a good thing that divorce is looming? Let us know in the comments.
By Georgina Pijttersen