Television presenter James Martin has led a wonderful career in the food and TV game, but he also has an intriguing life away from the camera too.
He hit headlines this week over his decision to split from famous ex Barbara Broccoli in 2008.
James, 49, who made his name on the cooking show circuit and is in the restaurant business himself, said there had been an 'imbalance' between them.
He said that this imbalance led him to realise that things wouldn’t work out between him and his beau from across the pond.
They met at a charity auction where there had been an instant click between them, theMirror reported.
Who is Barbara Broccoli?
Barbara Broccoli, 61, is an American film producer who has worked on a number of high profile films including a huge array of James Bond films.
She has produced the likes of No Time to Die, GoldenEye, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, amongst others.
In 2013 she was part of the BAFTA-winning team to take home Outstanding British Film for Skyfall.
She has been working on the Bond franchise since she was just 17, working in the publicity department for The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977.
She is reported by the Mirror to have an astonishing net worth of £300million.
Why did James Martin break up with his girlfriend Barbara Broccoli?
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James Martin broke up with his girlfriend Barbara Broccoli after she tried to buy him a £180,000 supercar.
The sporty motor made by Aston Martin was intended as a gift from ultra-rich Barbara, but in the end, it turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for their relationship.
He said: “It wasn’t as if it was my birthday or Christmas – it was just a spur of the moment thought.
“In the end I said, ‘If I want something, I’ll work for it. Just drop it or we’re going to fall out over this’.
“It was a defining moment in our relationship. Deep down, I knew there was always going to be an imbalance.”
In the past, Barbara had treated James to three real Picassos, but the car was the final straw that made James realise he couldn't overcome the wildly different worlds the two were from.
What is James Martin's net worth?
James Martin, who has been in a relationship with TV producer Louise Davies since 2011, is thought to have a net worth of around £4million – according toCelebrity Net Worth.
Is James Martin married?
James Martin has been known to prefer to keep his private life out of the spotlight. He and Louise are an adorable couple, but despite this he has made it clear they don't have plans to have kids or walk down the aisle.
Speaking to Sunday People in 2019, James said: "No, it doesn't interest me in the slightest, mainly because I've catered for so many weddings, really. I admire people who do it, that's fine, but I'm quite happy. I don't need to spend 60 grand on a day, no, I'm more than happy thanks."
Instead, he says he prefers to spend his money on things he likes, often manifesting in the form of gorgeous cars.
"My mates come round to my house and they look into my garage and I go, 'These are my babies, these are my things,' but you know, it's each to their own, isn't it?"
*James Martin's Saturday Morning airs Saturday at 9.25am on ITV
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