Charles Saatchi is "broken hearted" to have lost Nigella Lawson.
The art dealer told of his devastation while giving evidence in court today in the case of sisters Francesca and Elisbabetta Grillo, former assistants to Nigella, who stand accused of spending £685,000 on his company credit card for their own personal expenses.
Nigella split from Charles earlier this year after he was pictured with his hands around her throat while they dined at an upmarket London restaurant and they divorced in July.
Speaking at the trial this afternoon, Charles said: "I am divorced.
"I am utterly heartbroken at having lost Nigella and wish this last year had never happened.
"So if you think this process is giving me any pleasure - I hate it.
"I adore Nigella now. I absolutely adore Nigella and I'm broken hearted to have lost her."