Heston Blumenthal, 56, divorces ‘wife’ whose friends say he never legally married him

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EXCLUSIVELY revealed: Heston Blumenthal, 56, divorces French estate agent ‘wife’ 21 years his junior…whose friends say never legally married TV chef

Heston Blumenthal divorced his ‘wife’ and the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia after they unofficially married in 2018.

According to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, the TV chef, 56, and the French estate agent went their separate ways “some time ago.”

Heston is now in a new relationship with a woman named Melanie, described by The Times as a ‘younger quiet French woman with black hair’.

Divide! Heston Blumenthal divorced his ‘wife’ and the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia after they unofficially married in 2018

Friends of Stephanie say she was never legally married to Heston, who is 21 years her senior, though his spokesperson is said to have said they exchanged vows in 2018.

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A friend of hers said, “Heston and Stephanie actually broke up a while ago.

“Despite all the reports at the time, they never married.”

Goodbye: According to The Daily Mail's Richard Eden, the TV chef, 56, and the French estate agent went their separate ways 'some time ago'

Goodbye: According to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, the TV chef, 56, and the French estate agent went their separate ways ‘some time ago’

A spokeswoman for the Michelin-starred chef said in 2018: ‘Heston and Stephanie are delighted to announce they are married.

“They spent some quality time together and decided to seize the moment.”

The couple were vacationing in the Maldives and, according to one report, “decided to make things official at an impromptu beach ceremony.”

However, a spokesperson for Stephanie has now said: ‘The marriage must be recognized by the judicial authorities. This wasn’t it. What happened does not constitute marriage in a legally binding sense.”

Happier times: Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, though his spokesperson is said to have said they exchanged vows in 2018

Happier times: Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, though his spokesperson is said to have said they exchanged vows in 2018

A similar situation occurred between Jerry Hall and Sir Mick Jagger.

Jerry believed she and Mick had married in Bali, but when she began divorce proceedings, the Rolling Stones singer said the ceremony had not been official.

The Supreme Court in the UK agreed and declared it null and void.

Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011.

First wife: Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011 (pictured together)

First wife: Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011 (pictured together)

Zanna stood by Heston during his rise to chef stardom and he admits raising their three kids while he was grafted into the kitchen.

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When asked during an interview with The Times why their marriage ended, Heston said: ‘Who knows? People always look for one reason and life is more complex.

“Sure, my ex-wife was a big part of the Duck’s success… Someone had to take the kids to school and do all that work and take care of the house, because I was never there.”

During their marriage, Heston had an affair with American cookery writer Suzanne Pirret, who has said that her favorite things are “food and sex.”

Heston moved to Provence, France, in 2018 to live near L’Oustau de Baumanière, the three-Michelin star restaurant he first visited at the age of 16.

He credits the restaurant for kickstarting his desire to become a chef. Heston claims he returned to rediscover “the magic” of cooking after he stopped loving it.

Heston remains strongly associated with its British restaurants, including the Fat Duck.

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