THE former stepmother of celebrity chef James Martin has won damages after a legal battle that resulted in his autobiography being pulped.Sarah Beth Briggs, of York, received an apology from the star presenter of Saturday Kitchen, his publishers Harper Collins and the Mail on Sunday, which serialised his book, Driven.They bonded over their love of cars and just last weekend were spotted looking loved-up at Car Fest and at the Yorkshire Food Festival."The celebrity chef split from Barbara in 2005 after four years, and he has since reportedly opened up about the lavish gifts she bought him.James is believed to have met Louise on the set of Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and they gelled because of their similar interests and background in TV."James seems really happy with Louise and the fact he’s talking about it again may mean he’s ready to get rid of his bachelor title once and for all," the insider added., James said: 'At an awards ceremony in Dubai last year, a bloke on the stage dropped dead, eight feet away from me.'He was my age, and had a similar job.'At that moment, I decided my career had to change.'He added: 'I had just two days off last year and my schedule was getting tough.'Shaken up by the events, the culinary whizz has since made huge steps in his career, but up until now his love life has taken a bit of a back seat.Rumour has it that the chef has a new love in his life, but won't reveal her identity.He boasts a £900,000 home in Hampshire, a car collection that includes a couple of Ferraris and six businesses which administer various parts of the Martin empire that encompasses restaurants and cookbooks.
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The wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons has not revealed the book’s subject but says it won’t be autobiographical.
“I haven’t done anything much worth writing about,” she admits.
She says she thought that she had a reasonable relationship with his son after James attended their Castle Howard wedding, considering the difficulty of herself and James being contemporaries. I was doomed to be the ‘wicked stepmother’ – effectively labelled from the outset, and seemingly never allowed to become anything else.” The popular star of BBC cookery shows is due to land in York at Waterstones on December 11 to sign copies of his new book.
But Sarah said: “My jaw dropped as I read the extraordinary accusations. But Sarah said: “I am still left wondering why it ever happened. “If such unpleasant and untrue statements are a way of boosting book sales, it makes me rather sad. “I hope the revised edition of the book will allow him to do so without causing as much upset and damage to other people as he has done to me.” A spokeswoman for Harper Collins said that the firm had withdrawn the first edition of the book because there were “issues” which had now been resolved, and the book had been published earlier this month, but declined to comment further. His PA said he was at the NEC and could not be contacted and his agents said there was no one available for comment.