Jamie Oliver has revealed his wife has been suffering from Covid for two years.
The 47-year-old celebrity chef has opened up about Jool’s ‘deeply frightening’ battle with the disease in an interview with the Chron’s weekend magazine.
He said his wife, 22, had a tough time contracting the virus and is still dealing with the long-term effects.
“She had bad covid and long covid so unfortunately she was really affected by it,” said Oliver.
“She’s OK, but still not what she wants to be. It’s been two years, she finds it deeply frightening.’
Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools (pictured) have sought the help of specialist doctors because of their long Covid
Jamie Oliver, 47, said his wife Jools had a tough time contracting Covid and is still dealing with the long-term effects
The couple have tried to seek specialist doctors’ help but they are unable to resolve Long Covid’s problems as it is a new condition that is still under investigation.
He added: “We’re like a rash all over Harley Street, but nobody really knows anything. Long Covid data is still piling up. She was an absolute superstar.
Long Covid symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell, brain fog, chest pain, palpitations and nausea.
And they could last months or years after infection.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there are believed to be almost two million people in the UK living with long Covid.
And 21 per cent said their ability to carry out everyday activities was “severely limited”, while 380,000 said it had been at least two years since they were infected with Covid.
Oliver also spoke enthusiastically about his wife and her journey to success.
He said: “Me and Jools have been together since we were 18. We went to London with nothing but dreams and aspirations.
“Fortunately, we were able to cement our relationship before it all started. Then we did it together. It was exciting.’
The couple are parents to Poppy, 20, Daisy, 19, Petal, 13, Buddy, 11, and six-year-old River
Jools has her own clothing line called Little Bird, which was relaunched in March 2021
But he said there was a time when they thought they couldn’t have children because Ms Oliver suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which is one of the leading causes of female infertility.
He added, “When I started dating Jools, she said, ‘I’ll never be able to have kids.’ She had polycystic ovaries. But here we are with five.”
They are parents to Poppy (20), Daisy (19), Petal (13), Buddy (11) and six-year-old River. The family live in a £6million Tudor mansion in Essex.
Jools, 47, revealed the family had feared Jamie as he filmed his cooking shows during lockdown at their £6million Tudor mansion in Essex
Oliver also claimed that raising teenage girls is “hard” work. “I haven’t done teenage boys before, but I found teenage girls very difficult. I’ve been trying to be a spot on dad, I’d give myself a nine out of ten for the effort,” he said.
“Then the minute they got to 13, you took off. You are outside and looking in. All you want is a few hugs a day and to be appreciated, but there’s a lot of chemistry going on. You never get the kid back after 13, they change completely.’
The chef acknowledged that the relationship will improve once they grow up.
However, he added: “Just when you start getting them back, they go to university. So it’s like a bereavement.’
He also said he believes his children’s lives have been complicated by having a famous father.
In 2019, Oliver saw his restaurant empire collapse and 22 of his 25 Jamie’s Italian branches closed, with the other three sold out.
A thousand people lost their jobs and he admitted he had lost £25million of his own money.
But the chef, who was worth an estimated £200million at the height of his success, revealed he hopes to open another restaurant in the future.
His latest cookbook, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, due out next month, is dedicated to Mrs Oliver.
He said: “I dedicated this to the woman, she hasn’t seen it yet. That could earn me a few plus points.”
His latest cookbook, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, due out next month, is dedicated to Mrs Oliver