Nigella Lawson has told a court she took cocaine when she was being "subjected to intimate terrorism" by her ex-husband Charles Saatchi.
Speaking at the fraud trial of their former personal assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, Ms Lawson said she felt "isolated and in fear of ... just unhappy", adding, "A friend of mine offered me some cocaine. I took it".
The TV cook said there were two times in her life when she had taken cocaine, once in July 2010 when she was "having a very, very difficult time" with Mr Saatchi and on another occasion with her first husband John Diamond when he found out he had terminal cancer.
"It gave him some escape," she told Isleworth Crown Court.
Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson said she was "disappointed but unsurprised" after her two former personal assistants were cleared of fraud.
The revelations that emerged in the fraud trial of two former aides to Nigella Lawson are unlikely to damage the TV chef's meteoric career.
Nigella "let the children smoke weed," an ex-PA has alleged, admitting she had wanted to drop drug claims out of sympathy for her ex-boss.