World famous art collector Charles Saatchi has begun divorce proceeding against his wife, Nigella Lawson.
The news follows the recent publication of a number of photos showing the 70-year-old man appearing to choke his long-term partner.
Mr Saatchi revealed in a letter to the Mail on Sunday his intention to leave the popular TV personality and said it was a "heart-breaking" time for both of them.
However, the art expert once again defended his actions at Scott's restaurant and said they were not violent as he did not apply and pressure on the Ms Lawson's neck during the incident.
Ms Lawson has not commented on the initiation of divorce proceedings but she is believed to have left the family home with her 17-year-old son Bruno. It has been reported the married couple have not talked to each other since the publication of the pictures, which went viral online.
The Daily Mail newspaper has revealed the argument photographed between Ms Lawson and Mr Saatchi related to whether the chef's daughter should go to Oxford University or take up a permanent role at the Economist newspaper.
It is currently unclear how the pair will split their substantial income if divorce proceedings move forward and it is not publicly known whether the couple signed a prenuptial agreement before they married.
An excerpt of Mr Saatchi's letter to the Mail on Sunday read: "I am sorry to announce that Nigella Lawson and I are getting divorced.
"This is heart-breaking for both of us as our love was very deep, but in the last year we have drifted apart. I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so and I am disappointed she [has made] no public comment to explain I abhor violence."
The art collector added he wished his wife the best of success in the future and remarked she remained the most wonderful woman in the world in his view.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson