Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi Are Officially Divorced

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi

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updated 07/31/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 07/31/2013 AT 10:10 AM ET

Celebrity chef and author Nigella Lawson and her husband, global advertising executive and art collector Charles Saatchi, are officially divorced.

And it happened in record time – at a 70-second hearing Wednesday, according to the U.K.’s The Guardian.

The official end of their marriage comes just seven weeks after shocking photos were published of Saatchi with his hands around Lawson’s neck as they apparently argued inside a London restaurant.

Saatchi, 70, eventually accepted a formal citation, admitting that he assaulted his wife, after a police investigation.

He later released a statement announcing plans to divorce and saying he was “disappointed” in his wife, 53, for not publicly supporting him and letting people know he had never physically abused her.

The couple had been married for 10 years.


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