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Nigella Lawson ate lots of chocolate after 40-lb weight loss and drug admissions

TV chef Nigella Lawson drowned her sorrows in chocolate amidst drug allegations and an ugly divorce.

Nigella attributes her 40-pound weight loss to a portion-controlled diet and rigorous workouts. Nigella does Pilates, cardio workouts on the treadmill, and light weight-lifting. “I got to an age where it was either eat less or move more,” she said.
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Nigella Lawson said she has been eating lots of chocolate to cope with drug allegations.
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"Since then I've eaten a lot of chocolate," Lawson told ABC News Jan. 2. "[But] I had a very good Christmas and I'm into the New Year."

In November 2013, Nigella was accused of abusing cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs every day for more than a decade. The shocking allegations came to light during an explosive lawsuit against two of Lawson's former kitchen assistants.

In the lawsuit, sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo were accused of stealing over $480,000 from Lawson's ex-husband, advertising mogul Charles Saatchi. Nigella allegedly agreed to disregard the Grillo sisters' thieving as long as they kept silent about Nigella's longtime drug addiction.

The sisters were acquitted in December 2013, but Lawson was forced to admit at trial that she had done marijuana and cocaine several times, but insisted she was not an addict.

Interestingly, Lawson raised eyebrows two years ago after showing off her jaw-dropping weight loss. Nigella, who has been overweight her entire life, claimed she lost the weight through diet and exercise, but her dramatic slim-down fueled more drug-abuse rumors.

Lawson, a celebrated TV chef and author of the best-selling cookbook Nigellissima, said being forced to make the embarrassing drug admissions in public was traumatic.

"To have not only your private life but distortions of your private life put on display is mortifying," she said. "But there are people going through an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self-pity and I don't like to do that."

Nigella currently stars on the reality cooking competition, "The Taste," opposite Anthony Bourdain. Season two of "The Taste" premieres on ABC Jan. 2.

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