Aug. 12: Charles Saatchi threatened to commit suicide in a bid to win back Nigella Lawson, it has emerged.
The 70-year-old is said to have sent his estranged wife a series of “harassing” messages, begging her to contact him in the days after the couple were granted a decree nisi in the High Court.
The television chef had refused to return any of her husband’s calls since their relationship disintegrated following the publication of photographs showing Saatchi holding her by the neck outside a London restaurant. But friends said she felt she had no choice but to contact him after he threatened to kill himself.
She had also reportedly received a panicked text message from Saatchi’s 18-year-old daughter Phoebe, expressing concerns about her father’s behaviour.
A friend told a Sunday newspaper: “Charles has been texting and phoning Nigella endlessly. One minute he’s pleading, the next bullying.
“Her silence has been driving him crazy. When she didn’t reply, he used Phoebe to get Nigella to talk to him, to tell her she was worried about his state of mind.
“He’s not above using Phoebe as a bargaining chip. In the end, after the threats, Nigella called him.”
The source added: “The first conversation was quite sweet.
“It was a case of, ‘please come back’. Nigella was sympathetic. She was going out somewhere and said I hope you don’t [do anything silly]. The second conversation was more difficult but she held firm.”
A friend of Saatchi confirmed that he had contemplated suicide in recent weeks and said he felt “betrayed” by his former wife of 10-years, who had failed to publicly defend him against domestic violence allegations.