Gregg Wallace says he 'wanted to die' after turning to booze

‘All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die!’ Gregg Wallace says he turned to alcohol to deal with being ‘lonely’ – and would hit the bottle from 10am

  • The chef, 56, has said he turned to booze to deal with being ‘lonely’ when he and second wife Christine began sleeping in separate rooms
  • The former partners were married to from 1999 to 2004, and share two adult children: Tom, 26, and Libby, 23
  • Gregg went on to praise fourth wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 34, with teaching him how to drink in moderation 
  • The married couple, who tied the knot in 2016, share son Sid, 19 months 
  • If you’ve been affected by alcoholism, call the free Alcoholics Anonymous helpline on 0800 9177 650 or email [email protected] 

Gregg Wallace has said he turned to alcohol to deal with being ‘lonely’ during his second marriage.

In a new interview, the Masterchef host, 56, claimed that he began boozing from 10am every day when he and ex-wife Christine, to whom he was married from 1999 to 2004, began sleeping in separate rooms.

Gregg revealed that at one point: ‘All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die’ after drinking excessively, but insisted he WASN’T an alcoholic, saying: ‘I didn’t think I had a problem.’

Lonely: Gregg Wallace, 56, has said he turned to booze to deal with being ‘lonely’ during his marriage to second wife Christine, to whom he was married from 1999 to 2004 (Pictured in 2013)

Gregg explained how he would often consume gin, wine and whisky all in the same day, which would began at 10am when he’d knock on the door of a City pub.  

He told OK! magazine: ‘At that level [of drinking] I’d have died or had serious liver problems had I carried on.’  

Gregg admitted after a very boozy day, the chef was preparing for a ‘big customer lunch’ when he was particularly scared for his health.

He said: ‘I felt like death. All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die. Yet I ordered a gin and tonic, knocked that back, and felt instantly better. Then I had another one and thought: “Oh, this is an issue.”‘

Impact: The Masterchef host has revealed that at one point: ‘All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die’ after drinking excessively, but insisted he WASN’T an alcoholic (Pictured February 2011)

Excessive: He told how he’d often consume gin, wine and whisky all in the same day and said: ‘At that level I’d have died or had serious liver problems had I carried on’ (Pictured February 2012)

Asked why he was drinking so heavily, he said: ‘I was lonely… Home wasn’t great so it was better to get drunk.’  

Gregg confessed that he and his then-wife, Denise – with whom he shares two children – were sleeping in separate rooms, and that their marriage wasn’t good. 

Despite his reliance on alcohol, asked if he was an alcoholic, Gregg insisted: ‘No, but I was a huge boozer. I didn’t think I had a problem.’    

Candid: Asked why he was drinking so heavily, Gregg confessed that he and his then-wife, Denise – with whom he shares two children – were sleeping in separate rooms (Pictured April 2011)

Dad of three: The MasterChef judge is father to grown-up children Libby and Tom from his previous marriage to second wife Christine, and shares baby Sid with fourth wife Anne-Marie

Gregg was married to first wife Christine in 1991, before meeting second wife Denise in 1993.

The former couple were married for five years, from 1999 to 2004 and share two adult children Tom, 26, and Libby, 23.

Gregg met his ex and third wife Heidi Brown on social media in 2009, they married in 2011 and divorced in 2012 following a three-year romance. 

All about balance: The chef went on to praise fourth wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 34, with teaching him how to drink in moderation


In shape: Gregg Wallace has transformed his health and fitness over recent years (pictured left in 2009, pictured right in a recent shirtless snap)

The chef went on to praise fourth wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 34, with teaching him how to drink in moderation.

The pair married in August 2016 at Hever Castle in Kent, with Gregg’s MasterChef partner John Torode as his best man, and welcomed their son, Sid Massimo Wallace, in May 2019. 

Gregg, who works out five times a week, also claimed: ‘I’m fitter at 56 than I was at 26’ and asserted his desire to be even fitter by the time he turns 60. 

Sweet: The pair married in August 2016 at Hever Castle in Kent, and welcomed their son, Sid Massimo Wallace, in May 2019

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