Will Heston Blumenthal’s fortune be hit by his latest break up? How chef’s split with French estate agent ex and mother of his youngest child has echoes of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger – as friends say pair never legally wed
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Heston Blumenthal’s French estate agent ‘wife’ may not be entitled to any of his multi-million-pound fortune because they never legally wed, a lawyer said today.
The chef, 56, has split from the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia after they went their separate ways ‘some time ago’, the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden revealed.
Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, even though his spokesman was reported to have said they exchanged vows in the Maldives in 2018.
The situation has echoes of Jerry Hall’s split from Mick Jagger, with the Rolling Stones star contesting her attempt to divorce him on the grounds that their union was never a legal marriage.
Heston Blumenthal has split from the mother of his youngest child Stephanie Gouveia
The situation has echoes of Jerry Hall’s split from Mick Jagger, with the star contesting her attempt to divorce him on the grounds that their union was never a legal marriage
Heston and Stephanie had been on holiday in the Maldives and were said to have ‘decided to make things official in an impromptu beach-front ceremony’, according to a report.
However, a spokesman for Stephanie has now said: ‘Marriage should be recognised by legal authorities. This wasn’t. What happened does not constitute a marriage in a legally binding sense.’
Heston is one of Britain’s best known chefs, with three Michelin-starred restaurants and a cafe at Heathrow along with numerous other commercial interests, including TV shows, books and a range of goods sold in Waitrose.
In 2017, he put a six-bedroom mansion he shared with his ex-wife, Zanna, on the market for £3.25million – which would have netted him a £1million profit.
Although the exact size of his fortune is unknown, it is likely to run into many millions.
But if Stephanie was not married to him this means she would not be automatically entitled to a share of his assets, explained Fotoulla Menikou of The Friendly Family Lawyer.
Heston is one of Britain’s best known chefs, with three Michelin-starred restaurants including the Hind’s Head in Bray
The £395-a-head Fat Duck in Bray, which boats and impressive three Michelin stars
Dinner By Heston, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel by Hyde Park, has a £145 five-course tasting menu
In 2017, Heston put a six-bedroom mansion he shared with his ex-wife, Zanna, on the market for £3.25million – which would have netted him a £1million profit
She told MailOnline: ‘Marriages abroad are generally recognised in the UK as long as they take place in the law of the country they take place.
‘But non-residents can’t legally marry in the Maldives. If your marriage isn’t legally valid in the UK they’re in the realms of what we’d call a cohabitation dispute.
‘It really depends on whether they entered into a cohabitation agreement – a legal document between unmarried couples that can set out the arrangements for finances, for property and also for children when you split up.
‘If there’s no cohabitation agreement, then we have to look at whether they own property together. She wouldn’t lose that right to any share of that property but she may not have a right to continue living in it.’
A similar situation occurred between Jerry, 66, and Sir Mick, 79.
Jerry believed that she and Mick had married in Bali but when she began divorce proceedings, the Rolling Stones singer said the ceremony hadn’t been official
Friends of Stephanie say she never legally married Heston, who is 21 years her senior, even though his spokesman was reported to have said they exchanged vows in the Maldives in 2018
Jerry believed that she and Mick had married in Bali but when she began divorce proceedings, the Rolling Stones singer said the ceremony hadn’t been official.
An English court eventually ruled that their marriage was not valid under either English or Indonesian law, and Jerry was granted a decree of nullity.
Their lawyers said the couple reached a ‘mutually acceptable legal and financial settlement’ to conclude their 22-year relationship, which saw them have four children.
They have since remained friends, and were recently pictured sharing a cosy dinner together with Jagger’s girlfriend Melanie Hamrick and his model daughter Georgia May.
Heston is now in a new relationship with a woman named Melanie, who is described by The Times. as being a ‘younger low-key French woman with black hair’.
The chef moved to Provence, France, in 2018 in order to live near L’Oustau de Baumanière, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant he first visited age 16.
A friend of Stephanie’s said: ‘Heston and Stephanie actually split up some time ago. Despite all the reports at the time, they were never married.’
According to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, the TV chef, 56, and the French estate agent went their separate ways ‘some time ago’
Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011 (pictured together)
A spokeswoman for the Michelin-starred chef was quoted as saying in 2018: ‘Heston and Stephanie are delighted to announce they’ve got married.
‘They were spending some quality time together and decided to seize the moment.’
Heston and his first wife, Zanna, the mother of his first three children, divorced in 2016 after deciding to separate in 2011.
Zanna stood by Heston during his rise to cheffing stardom and he admits she brought up their three children as he grafted in the kitchen.
When asked why their marriage ended during an interview with The Times, Heston said: ‘Who knows? People always search for one reason and life is more complex.
‘Certainly, my ex-wife was a huge reason for the success of the Duck… Someone had to take the kids to school and do all that work and look after the house, because I was never there.’
From 2011 until 2015 Heston was in a relationship with Suzanne Pirret
During their marriage, Heston had an affair with U.S. cookery writer Suzanne Pirret, who has said her favourite things are ‘food and sex’.
He credits the restaurant for kickstarting his desire to become a chef. Heston claims he returned to ‘rediscover the magic’ of cooking after falling out of love with it.
Heston remains strongly connected with his UK restaurants including the £395-per-head Fat Duck and the Hinds Head in Bray, Maidenhead and Dinner by Heston in London.
MailOnline has contacted Heston’s representatives for comment.
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