Monday 22 January 2018

Jamie in a stew

Sarah Caden

THE photo summed up Jools Oliver's week. There she was, kids by her side, face up against the window, peering with naked curiosity at the celebs on her street like, well, any ordinary mother. Certainly, a curious playdate was kicking off up the street. Gwen Stefani and her two sons were receiving Angelina Jolie, the Ultimum, and her gang of six and it was some spectacle of supersleek mums with ultra-edgy kids.

Anyone would be hanging out the window, if, you'd imagine, they weren't actually a celeb themselves. Celebs, surely, don't marvel at how the other half live, given that they are the other half. However, in the week that followed an interview in which Jamie cast Jools as more ungrateful shrew than wind beneath his wings, she may be feeling less than starry and even a little envious of her neighbour and Jolie, with their careers and their kids and a status all of their own.

Silly, silly Jamie, who moaned last week that he gets a hard time from Jools for not spending enough time (seven weeks of holidays and most weekends, apparently) with the family; that she doesn't understand the demands on his time and energy. More foolish again, Jamie, to say that the happiest women, in his experience, are those who work part-time, when the mother of his four children is at home with them all day, all week, all those times he's away. Talk about not getting what your spouse is doing with their life, with your shared life, with your children's lives.

You'd hope Jamie has endured a week of grovelling, while Jools took a break from the daily grind by checking out how the other half lives.

Sarah Caden

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