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As a fifty-something, she was once voted one of the sexiest women in the world.
Now, as she celebrates her 60th birthday, Nigella Lawson has opened up about how she feels about getting older - and why she won’t stop colouring her grey hair its trademark brunette shade.
Writing in The Sunday Times’ Style, the food writer explained: “I remember both my grandmothers being in their forties; by the time they were in their sixties, they’d fully embraced grey-haired old age.
“I know only three women my age who have grey hair, and while they look wonderful, I’m certainly not ready to stop getting my roots done.
“My story to myself (should I have to put it in words, and I don’t as a general rule) is that while I have more than a few grey hairs, I am not actually grey.
“But I’m not prepared to find out. I hide from myself that by dyeing my hair, I am pretending to be younger than I am, because I’ve been dyeing my hair since my teens.
“I’ve always rather looked forward to the Anne Bancroft/Susan Sontag/Cruella de Vil years, when I have a dramatic dark bob with a switch of white at the front, but somehow the time when I adopt such a look seems ever in the faraway future.
“My concession to hair and ageing so far is that I don’t dye my hair as dark as I used to (too draining) and it’s a lot shorter than it used to be.”
The TV star - who has three children - said she finds it “revolting” to complain about getting older when so many of her loved ones haven’t had that privilege.
Nigella continued: “When you have seen people you love die young, the idea of complaining about getting older is just revolting.
“My mother died at 48, one of my sisters at 32, and my first husband at 47; it is a curious thing to be so significantly outstripping them in years.”
She also feels that getting older is “so much easier than being young” because there isn’t the “self-consciousness and pressure to conform”.
It comes as the star revealed she gets “twitchy” if she doesn’t get six hours’ a day reading time on the weekend.
She also admitted, in a piece last month - also for The Sunday Times’ Style - that she likewise gets “antsy” if she isn’t in bed with a book by 7.30pm on weekdays.