TV chef James Martin on keeping his private life out of the public eye
TV chef James Martin has revealed he does his best to keep his private life out of the public eye on the advice of a “very high-profile person”.
In an interview with The Daily Mirror, former Saturday Kitchen host, 45, told how “mega-famous people” warned him of the dangers of giving too much personal information away.
When asked about his relationship with his TV producer girlfriend Louise Davies, he told the newspaper: “Don’t answer those questions. They all try – but you’ll get nothing. I always keep my public and private life separate.
“I’ve met some mega-famous people who’ve told me, ‘If you open that up, you’ve no where to go.
“One very high-profile person said, ‘Build big gates at home for peace of mind’ and I did, so when I go back home that’s my time.”
Martin, whose US road-trip series, James Martin’s American Adventure, starts on ITV next Friday, added: “Why does your private life have to be part of your career?”
Martin previously told how he lost around one stone in weight due to the pressures of working in a high-definition TV world.
The presenter told the Daily Mail that he had become aware that much larger TV screens, combined with HD technology, “show everything”.
“I’ve lost a stone-ish. I just think it’s a lifestyle thing and also looking at yourself on TV,” he said.