Wednesday 12 December 2018

James Stunt has some bitter words for ex-wife Petra Ecclestone in first interview since divorce

Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party on July 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party on July 8, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
(From R) Bernie Ecclestone, his daughter Petra and her James Stunt attend the 49th Variety Club Race Day at Sandown race course on September 1, 2007 in London, England. The charity raises funds to improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
Not so happily ever after: Petra Ecclestone married James Stunt at age 22, and is now embroiled in divorce proceedings
Petra Stunt (L) and James Stunt attend The F1 Party in aid of the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Omar Khyami, Tamara Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR12/Getty Images for amfAR)
James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone attend the Dogs Trust Honours Awards at Jasmine Studios on June 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
Petra Ecclestone and boyfriend James Stunt attend the presentation of the Petra Ecclestone menswear collection at The Corner on September 17, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Seefried/Getty Images)
Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone's daugter Petra (R) leaves her hotel in central Rome, on August 26, 2011. Petra will marry James Stunt, at the Odescalchi castle in Bracciano, near Rome, on August 27. AFP PHOTO/ TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Petra Ecclestone, the soon-to-be-married daughter of F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, leaves a hotel in central Rome, on August 26, 2011
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Their divorce was one of the most high profile in Britain, involving billions in assets between them.

Petra Ecclestone (29), heiress to her father Bernie's Formula One fortune is worth billions, while her now ex-husband James Stunt is said to be worth over €1bn in his own right.

After a judge declared their marriage over with a degree nisi in a London court in October, Stunt (36) has spoken out in an interview with Tatler, with some choice words for his former in-laws Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone.

He initially spoke fondly of his ex-wife, whom he has three children with, describing her "as the best girl I ever met", before adding that she is now, "this girl who’s had a lobotomy and gone to Jonestown. This is a horrible human being."

Not so happily ever after: Petra Ecclestone married James Stunt at age 22, and is now embroiled in divorce proceedings
Not so happily ever after: Petra Ecclestone married James Stunt at age 22, and is now embroiled in divorce proceedings

Despite saying he had no hard feelings towards Bernie, he called him an "idiot".

"I have no animosity towards him, he’s just very cut-throat, he has no empathy," he said.

The couple met in 2006 and wed in 2012 in a ceremony which cost an estimated €12m in Rome.

Stunt, an art dealer with a fleet of supercars worth millions, he said, "I’ve been doing that since I was 19. And then I marry a C-list celebrity."

Omar Khyami, Tamara Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR12/Getty Images for amfAR)
Omar Khyami, Tamara Ecclestone, Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt attend the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Cap D'Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR12/Getty Images for amfAR)

After the divorce was finalised in October, Mr Ecclestone said: "I'm just glad it's over. Petra is too. She has been very tolerant and has been concerned about James.

"Now we are going for a family meal, but we were doing that anyway. No champagne, no big celebration. Just Petra and her sister, me, her mother and the family."

At the time, Mr Stunt said: "I am devastated that my marriage has broken down. I love Petra and our children."

He now lives in a €15m home in Mayfair, while she remains in the €100m home in Chelsea.

James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone attend the Dogs Trust Honours Awards at Jasmine Studios on June 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
James Stunt and Petra Ecclestone attend the Dogs Trust Honours Awards at Jasmine Studios on June 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)

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