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Charles Saatchi says he's divorcing Nigella Lawson after choking fight

Something doesn't sound right here.

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Something doesn't sound right here.

It's no big surprise that celebrity cook Nigella Lawson is getting divorced from neck-grabbing husband Charles Saatchi, but what is news to us is that he's the one initiating proceedings. Wait, how's that? Sounds like he really went for the throat in a statement to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

"I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced," the 70-year-old Saatchi told the paper in a statement that apparently even his wife hadn't heard yet. "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."

Because you see, Saatchi says, those photos from June 9 of him apparently strangling his wife were all a misunderstanding because they are "tactile people," and "there was no pressure applied to her." Except they had a big fight and her PR manager told Saatchi he should apologize publicly, even though Saatchi claims that wasn't the truth, and "Nigella has given a statement to the police to support this view." But not defending her husband is what led to the split after 10 years of marriage, Saatchi said.

"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," he said. "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 would share what Lawson, 53, has to say about all this, except she hasn't said anything about all this. She simply packed up and moved out to L.A., and hasn't said boo since. The Mail says Nigella would be reading about the divorce in the paper like everyone else,and revealed the couple had been fighting at Scott's restaurant about whether her daughter Cosmina, 19, should go to Oxford University or take a job at The Economist. That doesn't sound like the kind of fight warranting a stranglehold to us.

[Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 3:13pm]


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