Gregg Wallace says falling in love is a “lottery” but he has finally got the winning ticket.
The Masterchef co-host, 56, has been married four times and has now settled down with Anne Marie, 34, who he met on social media.
He said: “What has love taught me? That it is an absolute game of chance and that is it. It is a complete and utter lottery. I am very fortunate I got the winning ticket. I won the Euro Millions the day that young lady walked into my life. She popped up my timeline on Twitter.”
He has met two of his wives on social media and added: “It is because I am on television. I can’t walk into bars. You can’t chat anyone up at work because the HR department would sack you. What I like about Twitter is that it is not a dating site. You can just have friendly chats with people.
“Did I have lessons from each one? (marriages) The first one lasted six weeks. I would say don’t marry anyone because you are worried about losing your house.
“So there is the first one. We bought a small house together in Bermondsey and then we broke up and I thought ‘Well this is terrible. What is going to happen to the house?’
“I have worked so hard all my life, what is now going to happen? The second one we were together 14 years and the third one was a huge mistake.
Probably the unhappiest I have ever been in my life but she was a teacher and was really good with the kids.”
Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Gregg told host Kate Thornton an upcoming appearance on new Michael McIntyre quiz The Wheel is a disaster because he turned up for the show hungover after an all day bender with a friend.
He also says criticism of him is unfair and wishes people could see him cook on TV.
He said: “I get this criticism for doing Masterchef like “How can you be a judge if you are not a chef?” But there are people on television that aren’t chefs like the Hairy Bikers and Delia. The problem for me on TV is that Masterchef wont let me cook. They only want John to cook so no-one ever sees me cooking.
“That is the major issue with me on television. People may not be aware that Jamie Oliver was not a chef. By the time he was famous he had never run a kitchen. I just have a real interest in food. I don’t mind the criticism but I just wish I was allowed to cook on television.”
Gregg got engaged to Anne-Marie Sterpini in December 2014 and married at Hever Castle in Kent in August 2016,
Gregg also met his third wife Heidi Brown via Twitter.
Heidi, a biology teacher, exchanged messages with Gregg on the social networking site, and their relationship moved quickly with them living together within four months, and they married the following year in 2011.
However, the marriage was short-lived, and they separated just 15 months after their lavish nuptials at Coworth Park in Berkshire.
Gregg met Denise, a pastry chef, in 1993, and they welcomed their son Tom together the following year. Their daughter Libby was born in 1997, but didn’t tie the knot until 1999. The couple were married for five years but divorced in 2004.
Gregg was just 24 when he met his first wife Christine, who he married in an impromptu ceremony which they celebrated with a meal in a pie and mash shop nearby.
Their marriage lasted just six weeks, and in his autobiography Gregg joked that the marriage was “possibly the shortest marriage in the world”.