TV chef James Martin has revealed he underwent surgery in 2018 after being diagnosed with facial cancer, before it returned on ‘several occasions’.
The shock news came as the 51-year-old issued an apology ‘for upsetting or causing offence’ after he was accused of exhibiting bullying and intimidating behaviour while filming an ITV programme.
Martin has become a familiar face on weekend TV over the past couple of decades, fronting the ever-popular Saturday Kitchen on BBC One before crossing to ITV to present the culinary show Saturday Morning With James Martin.
Away from the screen, he keeps his private life out of the spotlight – although he has on occasion spoken about his long-term girlfriend Louise Davies.
Who is Louise and how long have the couple been together?
Who is James Martin’s girlfriend Louise Davies?
Little is known about Louise, although it’s reported that she is a TV producer.
She met James on the set of Who Wants To Be A Celebrity Millionaire when he was on the show in 2011.
However, he keeps his life with her away from the public eye, following his previous relationship with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
He dated Barbara, who is 12 years his senior, for four years but the couple split in 2008.
‘James desperately wants to keep his private life out of the spotlight and under wraps following his romance with Barbara Broccoli,’ a source told The Sun at the time.
‘It’s easy to do with Louise as she likes things low-key as well, unlike Barbara who loved making a fuss over him.’
The couple live together in a seven-bedroom house just outside Winchester, Hampshire.
How long have James and Louise been together?
According to reports James and Louise have been dating since 2011 – but they kept their romance under wraps for five years before The Sun reported in 2016 that they were together.
‘They don’t make a big song and dance about it,’ a source said at the time.
‘She knows all his friends really well and regularly visited him on The Saturday Kitchen set and was on set for his ASDA commercials – so all his colleagues get on great with her too.’
James revealed on Good Morning Britain in 2017 that he was ‘happy for the first time in his life’.
Do James and Louise have children?
James and Louise do not have children together, nor are they married – and the chef has revealed he has no plans for the latter.
He has previously said that ‘marriage doesn’t interest me in the slightest’ adding: ‘I admire people who do it, that’s fine, but I’m quite happy’.
Meanwhile, in 2019 he told the Sunday People: ‘I don’t need to spend 60 grand on a day, no, I’m more than happy thanks.’
However, James has opened up in the past about the fact he does not have a family, admitting he has ‘given up everything’ for his career, and that not being a dad was his ‘biggest low’.
“The biggest low of my career is that I’ve given up everything for it,” he told Prima magazine back in 2020 – but admitted he has no regrets in his choices.
‘The level of commitment it requires and the choices you have to make have a huge impact,’ he said.
‘Would I do the same thing again? Probably, because it’s made me who I am.’
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