Nigella Lawson has revealed that she never saw herself turning 60 after witnessing the deaths of several family members under the age of 50.
The 60-year-old TV chief said she would never take her age for granted after watching those around her die young; his mother at 48, her 32-year-old sister, then her late husband John Diamond at 47.
Speaking in the December issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, the TV chief said, “I’m not a planner – except when it comes to food! But to be completely honest, I could never take it for granted that I would be alive at that age.
“I’m not a planner – except when it comes to food! »: Nigella Lawson revealed that she had never seen herself turn 60
“My mother died at 48 and my sister at 32. And then John [Diamond, her late husband] to 47.
‘So even if I was the kind of person who planned ahead, I don’t think I would have seen myself here… I think there is nothing you can do about it. [ageing] so why complain?
The TV personality admitted that the trauma of losing loved ones changed her whole attitude towards the aging process.
Nigella explained: ‘I also know what the alternative is, so it’s not okay when you’ve been around people who died young to say’ My hair is awful, I have to get my roots ‘or’ My hands are watching. like lizards ”.
“So I don’t dwell on this. As long as you are in good health, this is really the most important thing.
Grateful: Food writer said she can’t take her age for granted after watching those around her die young
Her mother Vanessa Salmon died in 1985 of liver cancer and her sister Thomasina died of breast cancer eight years later in 1993.
Her first husband, journalist John Diamond, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001.
The couple met in 1986 while they were both writing for the Sunday Times and married in Venice in 1992.
They had two children together; her daughter Cosima, now aged 26, and her son Bruno, now aged 24.
Husband died: Her first husband, journalist John Diamond (left), was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in March 2001 (pictured in 2000)
This year, the TV chief began helping people with their evening meals on Twitter during the coronavirus lockdown, which made her feel “much more connected” despite living at a distance.
Nigella said she always enjoyed working, even though she didn’t know what the ‘famous’ work-life balance was and there were days when she ‘could lie down all day’.
She said: “I like it because I feel like myself when I cook and write. And I feel very lucky for the connection it gives me with others.
The chef said her shooting, which she says is the hardest part, and her job are interspersed with bits of loneliness, which she thinks is her work-life balance.
Nigella said: “It’s physically very exhausting to be on your feet all day for about seven weeks, and there really isn’t room for anything else during that time.
Family: Mother Vanessa Salmon died in 1985 of liver cancer and sister Thomasina died of breast cancer eight years later in 1993 (pictured in 1965)
Help from a distance: Nigella told Good Housekeeping for her December issue that she still enjoys working even though she doesn’t know what the ‘famous’ work-life balance is
“It’s kinda scary and I always think ‘I don’t know if I can do this again’, but then I start over and get horny again. “
At Christmas, Nigella has a more relaxed schedule and enjoys spending time with her children and watching movies with them, as well as cooking, eating and lying.
The TV personality said, “I’m a bit of a cliché too and I love having the fire burning and lots of tealights and string lights.
“It’s about transforming my house into this cocooning and magical place where it feels a little different from the rest of the year.
Nigella Cook’s latest book, Eat, Repeat is released on October 29, with a show of the same name on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in November. The Christmas special will air in December.
- Read Nigella Lawson’s full interview in the December issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale October 28, available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect
Take Time: At Christmas, Nigella has a more relaxed schedule and loves spending time with her children and watching movies with them, as well as cooking, eating and lying.