TV chef Nigella Lawson, 60, opened up about how she thought she’d never reach the milestone age following multiple family tragedies that saw her mum, sister and her husband John Diamond, all pass away before the age of 50. The cook explained she would never take her life or age for granted after watching her loved ones die young.
In a recent interview, Nigella touched on how lucky she feels to have hit 60.
“I’m not a planner – apart from when it comes to food!” she said.
“But to be completely honest, I’ve never been able to take for granted that I’d be alive by this age.
“My mother died at 48 and my sister at 32, and then John at 47.
She added: “So, even if I were the sort of person who planned ahead, I don’t think I would have seen myself here.”
Nigella explained that losing her loved ones so young has changed her outlook on the ageing process, and revealed she doesn’t “dwell” on what society deems negative about getting older.
“I kind of think you can’t do anything about it [ageing] so why complain?” she quizzed.
“I also know what the alternative is, so it feels wrong when you’ve been surrounded by people who have died young to say, ‘My hair’s awful, I’ve got to get my roots done’ or ‘My hands look like lizards’.
Eight years later, her sister Thomasina passed away from breast cancer.
And her late husband John, whom she shares two children; Cosima, 26, and Bruno, 24, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and later died in March 2001.
They were only five years into their marriage, and the tragedy taught the cook a valuable lesson about life.
“I don’t want to waste life. It feels so ungrateful not to take pleasure,” she told Australian Women’s Weekly.