The court heard a tale of Gatsby-esque extravagance and wretched excess, in which the sisters’ defence essentially amounted to a claim that Saatchi was too cranky to care where his money was going and Nigella too addled by drugs to know.
In 1999, she hosted her own cooking show series, Nigella Bites, on Channel 4, accompanied by another best-selling cookbook.
Nigella Bites won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award; her 2005 ITV daytime chat show Nigella was met with a negative critical reaction and was cancelled after attracting low ratings.
'They have been trying to set up cosy little suppers.
But in the end he said he couldn’t go through with all of it.
The stunning brunette wowed as she arrived at her eatery of choice in a tight black top under a matching tux jacket, which she teamed with skinny jeans.
Mother-of-two Nigella opted to forgo accessories for her culinary excursion, letting her simple-yet-chic ensemble do all of the talking.
A “quickie” divorce followed, but its aftermath is proving to be long, bitter and messy, and threatens to destroy the life’s work of both.
Last week’s acquittal of Italian sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo on charges of defrauding the pair of almost £700,000 leaves Nigella in an especially precarious position.
Beyond the polished door-brasses of their grand, six-storey mansion in the heart of Belgravia, it was easy to believe that all was well in the lives of Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi.
Nigella’s image of self-assured scrumptiousness seemed to offer a perfect foil to Charles’s reclusive, artsy eccentricity, even if, at fashionable tables, there was occasional talk that things were not as they seemed.
In 1998, she brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller.