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Jamie Oliver tries not to gush about how much he loves his wife

Jamie Oliver tries not to gush about how much he loves his wife

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Jamie Oliver tries not to gush about how much he loves his wife

Jamie Oliver has revealed he moans about wife Jools because he doesn't want to annoy people by gushing about how great his marriage is.

The 38-year-old TV chef and wife Jools, a designer and former model with whom he has four children - Poppy, 11, Daisy Boo, 10, Petal, four, and two-year-old Buddy - have been together for 20 years.

Jamie confessed: "When you're in the public eye, you annoy people if you just say, 'I'm really happy and in love', because everyone wants to go and throw up in a bucket. What I've tried to do over the years is balance it by saying, 'We're just normal, we still argue like normal couples', and this, that and the other.

"Actually, what I never get the chance to say is, I absolutely love and adore her. She can be a pain in the backside but she's pretty amazing and a good person."

Jamie has admitted he doesn't want more children, but as Jools definitely does he doesn't think he has a choice.

He said: "You think I'm the boss at home? I feel like I could be taken advantage of! I'd rather not have more children, because I think we've got enough and transporting them down to Cornwall was hard enough - with one more, we genuinely will have to get a proper, fully fledged minibus."

And he revealed the family are all hooked on The Great British Bake Off: "I love Mary [Berry] and Paul [Hollywood]. My whole family watches it. That's the sweet spot that they've hit."

:: Save With Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less by Jamie Oliver is published by Michael Joseph, priced £26. Available now. His new series, Jamie's Money Saving Meals, is on Channel 4 on Mondays.

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