Jamie Oliver has revealed how cooking ‘saved’ his life amid his struggles with dyslexia and reflected on renewing his vows with his wife Jools.
The celebrity chef, 47, candidly spoke about why he decided to pursue cookery as a career, admitting he would have been ‘utterly miserable’ without it.
He explained that he found school work ‘really hard’ because of his dyslexia, which is a learning difficulty that affects the skills involved in reading and spelling.
Sharing how cooking was a lifeline for him, Jamie told The Sun: ‘Cooking genuinely saved my life, I would have been utterly miserable without it.’
Jamie also said he didn’t read a novel until he was 35 years old, when he picked up Suzanne Collins’ book Catching Fire from the Hunger Games trilogy.
Candid: Jamie Oliver has revealed how cooking ‘saved’ his life amid his struggles with dyslexia at school
Loved-up: In the wide-ranging chat, Jamie also spoke about recently renewing his vows with his wife, 48 – 23 years after they originally tied the knot
Jamie went on to explain how he would put his children – Poppy, 21, Daisy, 20, Petal, 14, Buddy, 12 and River, six – to bed so he could read or create bedtime stories for them.
He said this led to him writing his first children’s book Billy And The Giant Adventure, which was something he thought he would never achieve due to his dyslexia.
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging chat, Jamie also spoke about recently renewing his vows with his wife Jools, 48 - 23 years after they originally tied the knot.
Earlier this month, Jamie shared an intimate carousel of family snaps to Instagram, after saying ‘I do’ for a second time at the Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives.
Speaking about the ceremony, Jamie said they had planned to renew their vows on their 20th wedding anniversary, before being delayed due to the Covid pandemic.
He said: ‘I’ve got five kids, and the two eldest ones have flown the nest, at uni and getting jobs, and I just thought it would be great to go away as it would probably be one of the last holidays as a family, before boyfriends and other things that happened in parents’ lives.
‘So we went and renewed our vows, and it was actually really nice – and I think I enjoyed it the most out of everyone.’
The stunning ceremony saw Jamie cut a dapper figure in a blue blazer and matching trousers as he expressed his love for his wife Jools in front of their five children.
‘Cooking genuinely saved my life’: The celebrity chef, 47, candidly spoke about why he decided to pursue cookery as a career, admitting he would have been ‘utterly miserable’ without it
Jools looked elegant in an off-the-shoulder wedding dress, complete with a ruffled design and a thigh-high slit as they posed for snaps on the beach.
Alongside the photos, Jamie penned: ‘Morning all, Me & @joolsoliver got married again! Yep After 23 years together, we thought it would be a special moment to celebrate renewing our wedding vows before the kids all started leaving the nest.
‘It was really special, funny and romantic with the words in the ceremony that made it more sense having come this far together.
‘It seems like a blink since the first wedding which we kept very privet apart from the paparazzi at the village church we thought it would be a happy and joyful moment to share with you all this Easter.
‘We’ve always dreamed of going to the Maldives and it was just as you would have dreamed, simply amazing ! a massive thank you to all the team at @discoversoneva for blowing our minds and making this moment so special and memorable big love Jamie x’
Jamie later shared more snaps of the ceremony on his Instagram Stories, including a selfie with his wife and daughters which he captioned: ‘My queens’.
Vow renewal: Earlier this month, Jamie shared an intimate carousel of family snaps to Instagram, after saying ‘I do’ for a second time at the Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives
He also posted a photograph with his two sons, Buddy and River, where he revealed that his eldest son had acted as Best Man.
Jools and Jamie first started dating when they were teenagers and tied the knot in the chef’s home village of Rickling, Essex, on June 24, 2000.
Speaking in 2019 about renewing their vows, Jools said: ‘Next year, we’ll have been married 20 years, and we’re going to get married again, but do things differently – outside and barefoot.
Looking back on their first trip down the aisle, she recalled: ‘Our first dance was to Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You, but Jamie didn’t like dancing, so I threw him off. I was in my element!’