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Saatchi and Trinny find love in a rather convenient place

Sceptics might wonder if the adman and the style guru are in need of publicity, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 29/09/2013 | 05:00

Charles Saatchi and Trinny Woodall have been seen together in public on a number of occasions recently, including at the location of Saatchi's 'playful tiff' with Nigella
Charles Saatchi and Trinny Woodall have been seen together in public on a number of occasions recently, including at the location of Saatchi's 'playful tiff' with Nigella
Nigella Lawson is in LA

It's a bit alarming to be more cynical even than tabloid colleagues, but I must own up. Much as I revel in popular culture and "I-don't-believe-it!" gossip, I'm an historian, and my training keeps kicking in to ask niggling questions and ruin attractive stories. And so I have severe doubts about whether adman and art dealer Charles Saatchi, 70, whose wife, the cook Nigella Lawson, 53, left him in mid-June and divorced him six weeks later, is "finding love again" with fashion guru Sarah-Jane 'Trinny' Woodall, 49.

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To those with short memories, Nigella's equanimity had been disturbed less because Charles put his hands around her throat in an altercation in a Mayfair restaurant, and more because when photographs appeared in the press a week later, he stubbornly refused to respond in a way that would have made the story go away, i.e. by publicly confessing, repenting and promising to sin no more.

There was allegedly much private pleading for reconciliation, but Nigella was having none of it and is now living in Los Angeles presenting The Taste, a cookery competition, and charming America.

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