Covid has been ‘deeply scary’ but Jools has been a star: Jamie Oliver’s wife has been suffering with long Covid for two years with specialist doctors unable to solve the problem
- Jamie Oliver spoke about wife Jools’s battle with long Covid for the past 2 years
- The couple tried to see a specialist doctor but were unable to cure symptoms
- Almost two million people are currently dealing with long Covid in the UK
Jamie Oliver has revealed his wife has been suffering with long Covid for the past two years.
The celebrity chef, 47, has spoken out about Jools’s ‘deeply scary’ battle with the condition in an interview with the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.
He said his wife of 22 years had a rough time when she contracted the virus and is still struggling with the long-term effects.
‘She’s had bad Covid and long Covid, so she’s been really affected by it, sadly,’ Oliver said.
‘She’s OK but still not what she wants to be. It’s been two years, she finds it deeply scary.’
Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools (pictured) have been seeking the help of specialist doctors for her long Covid
Jamie Oliver, 47, said his wife Jools had a tough time when she contracted Covid and is still struggling with the long-term effects
The couple have tried to see specialist doctors for help but they are unable to solve the problems of long Covid as it is a new condition which is still being studied.
He added: ‘We’re all over Harley Street like a rash but no one really knows anything. The data on long Covid is still piling in. She’s been an absolute superstar.’
Symptoms of long Covid include breathlessness, fatigue, loss of smell, brain fog, chest pain, heart palpitations and nausea.
And they could last for months or years after the infection.
Almost two million people in the UK are believed to be living with long Covid, according to the Office for National Statistics.
And 21 per cent said their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been ‘limited a lot’, while 380,000 said their Covid infection was at least two years ago.
Oliver also spoke glowingly about his wife and their journey to success.
He said: ‘Me and Jools have been together since we were 18. We went to London with nothing but dreams and aspirations.
‘Luckily, we were able to solidify our relationship before it all kicked off. Then we did it together. It was exciting.’
The couple are parents to Poppy, 20, Daisy, 19, Petal 13, Buddy 11 and six-year-old River
Jools has her own clothing line, called Little Bird, which was relaunched in March 2021
But he said there was a time when they thought they would not be able to have any children because Mrs Oliver has polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is one of the most common causes of female infertility.
He added: ‘When I first started going out with Jools, she was like, ‘I’ll never be able to have kids.’ She had polycystic ovaries. But here we are with five.’
They are parents to Poppy, 20, Daisy, 19, Petal 13, Buddy 11 and six-year-old River. The family live in a £6million Tudor mansion in Essex.
Jools, 47, revealed the family dreaded Jamie filming his cookery shows during lockdown at their £6million Tudor mansion in Essex
Oliver also claimed that raising teenage girls is ‘hard’ work. ‘I haven’t done teenage boys yet but I found teenage girls very hard. I tried to be an on-point dad, I’d give myself nine out of ten for effort,’ he said.
‘Then the minute they get to 13, you’re dumped. You’re outside looking in. All you want is a few hugs a day and to be appreciated but there’s a lot of chemistry going on. You never get the kid back after 13, they completely change.’
The chef acknowledged the relationship improves once they become adults.
However, he added: ‘Just when you start to get them back, they’re off to university. So it’s like a bereavement.’
He also said he believes his children’s lives were made more difficult by having a famous father.
Oliver saw his restaurant empire collapse in 2019 and 22 of his 25 branches of Jamie’s Italian were closed with the other three sold off.
A thousand people lost their jobs and he admitted he had lost £25million of his own money.
But the chef, who was estimated to have been worth £200million at the height of his success, revealed he hopes to open another restaurant in the future.
His latest cookbook, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, which is set to be released next month, is dedicated to Mrs Oliver.
He said: ‘I’ve dedicated this to the wife, she hasn’t seen it yet. That might get me some brownie points.’
His latest cookbook, One: Simple One-Pan Wonders, which is set to be released next month, is dedicated to Mrs Oliver
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