Nigella Lawson has responded to the criticism she received after quotes were put out in the press telling how she is planning on not leaving her children any money and giving away their Christmas presents. She said on her website,
“You might have noticed in the press that I have (apparently) cut my children out of my will, cruel mother that I am. Of course I have no intention of leaving my children destitute and starving – rather, this is a story that came from a comment I made about my belief that you have to work in order to learn the value of money.
I have always said of my children that once they have finished university or training, whatever education they choose, they have to support themselves through work, as I did, but I have never discussed the details of my will with anyone. The story that has been circulating is not a true reflection of my intentions and, although I’d normally ignore it, I want to set the record, not least to spare my children continuing embarrassment.”
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TV chef Nigella Lawson revealed how she once made her two children, Mimi, 14, and Bruno, 12, give away their Christmas presents. Nigella’s husband is art collector Charles Saatchi. She said in Red Magazine,
“I don’t want to turn Christmas into a thing about shopping. One year, I was incredibly nasty and strict, and made the children choose a present that they wanted to keep and take the rest to Great Ormond Street. I wanted them to think about how lucky they are. Of course, they roll their eyes every time I start,” she said.
The couple have an estimated joint fortune of £110 million ($178 million),
“I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money. I argue with my husband, Charles, because he believes that you should be able to leave money to your children. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree.”
Nigella is guest editor of the December issue of Red Magazine.