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Nigella Lawson Denies Leaving Kids Out of Will

Nigella Lawson Not So Tough After All

Last week I told you about reports that the wealthy chef's children wouldn't be inheriting her money for the sake of them understanding the value of a euro. She issued this statement denying the rumors on her website on Friday.

You might have noticed in the press that I have (apparently) cut my children out of my will, cruel mother that I am. Of course I have no intention of leaving my children destitute and starving — rather, this is a story that came from a comment I made about my belief that you have to work in order to learn the value of money.

I have always said of my children that once they have finished university or training, whatever education they choose, they have to support themselves through work, as I did, but I have never discussed the details of my will with anyone. The story that has been circulating is not a true reflection of my intentions and, although I'd normally ignore it, I want to set the record, not least to spare my children continuing embarrassment.

That sounds more like a mom looking out for her children's well-being, compared to her earlier statement, which many of you thought seemed a bit harsh.


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ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I like her!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
Warren Buffett does not give any money to any of his children or grandchildren or family. He helps them to pay for the school of their choice but they are on their own otherwise. And he is donating almost all of his money to charity. I don't think that kids should 'expect' anything from their parents. That they should learn how to earn their own keep and the meaning of work ethic. I believe that is what Warren buffett is trying to teach his kids/family as is Nigella. Good for her.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
warren buffett hasn't handed any money out to his family. he helps them pay for their school of choice but they must support themselves. no hand outs. I think thats awesome. too many kids (rich or not) feel entitled to what their parents have and don't feel the need to work for anything.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it'sh ard to be a celebrity and have people say negative things about the way that you parent. i think that her point was valid - that her children need to understand the value of working, but we'll see how it all shakes out. she's still incredibly healthy - and rather young so it's a moot point.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I don't think there's anything wrong with teaching your children that just because they've been blessed with money, it doesn't mean they can have anything they want. They'll have to work and experience life just like everyone else. I think this is a much better way to raise your children. Look at Paris. A prime example of the "money buys you everything you want" way. She doesn't even have an education to show for it.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
This photo of her is absolutely lovely (just wanted to put that in, lol)
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Well, that makes me much happier, because I was shocked when I read the article about her earlier, and thought it very unlike her personality. I'm glad it wasn't true :-D
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Good for her.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
This makes much more sense. I really admire her for raising her children this way.
KansasNutmeg KansasNutmeg 9 years
If I had affluent parents I would be happy with them paying for my education. Student loans are so burdensome, I often think of all the investments I could make if I didn't have to put a substanial part of my income to loans. But I remind myself the loans are an investment it myself. Although if I were a parent, I would not pay for poor grades or endless education with no aspiration of career. There are two ways to look at it.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
that makes much more sense, and its what I thought she originally intended. I agree that children shouldn't be handed everything, especially when they are living on "their own means".
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Paul McCartney did the same thing with his kids. Stella and her sister had to work as well and not have everything handed to them. It is completely outline that Nigella should have to explain her personal actions with the general public it is none of our business.
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
Good for her! I love her shows and it's nice to see her fight back on what appear to be rumours.
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