Prue Leith Reveals She Had Affair With ‘Amazing Man’ But Left Him Because He Has Bipolar Disorder

Prue Leith has revealed she once had an affair with ‘a wonderful man’ after visiting Lanzarote to see a friend in 2010 – but the romance ended shortly after.

Talk about Annie Mac’s Changes podcast, The GBBO judge, 81, said she had “a lot of good times” with her former love, Earnest, but couldn’t live with him because he had bipolar disorder and later met her now-husband John Playfai.

Just weeks before their meeting, she had drunkenly told a group of friends that she was looking for ‘a Jew in her 70s, a musician and gay’ and when he met Earnest, he ticked most of the boxes he wanted, although he is not gay.

A stunner: Prue Leith has revealed she once had an affair with ‘a wonderful man’ after visiting Lanzarote in 2010 to visit a friend

Prue, who has been married to her second husband John since 2016, said candidly on the podcast, “I fell in love with him and he was a pianist. There was the musician. He was only a quarter Jewish but the genes are very strong…

“He loved music and food and he was in his 70s. And thank goodness he wasn’t gay! Because I discovered that I still liked all of that. We had four years together – it was a real roller coaster. Much was great…

‘We were trying to build a concert hall in Lanzarote where he had a house. We had many good times together. He was bipolar, which meant that every now and then he would be absolutely impossible…

“I’m still friends with him, but I couldn’t have lived with him.”

Short-lived: Great British Bake Off judge 81 said they had 'a lot of good times together' but she couldn't live with him because he had bipolar disorder

Short-lived: Great British Bake Off judge 81 said they had ‘a lot of good times together’ but she couldn’t live with him because he had bipolar disorder

Speaking about how her hunt for love started, she went into detail about attending a dinner party as a single woman, saying, “I went to a dinner party and I met a bunch of people and it was pretty funny when you’re a single woman.” a) you don’t get invited to dinner very often and if you do, there are probably two other single women…

“Some girlfriend is being really nice with the friends she should have for dinner. You’re at dinner and if you’re sitting next to a man, it’s probably someone else’s husband whose wife is in the hospital…

Or it’s someone who’s single for a very good reason, like he’s terrible. So… I had fun. I had a drink.

“The three women, we were all single and we were all talking about how we prefer to be single. And I said I wouldn’t want a man because it was so nice not having crumbs in bed and saying sorry for my late train…

Lot: Prue went on to admit that she was happy to leave because a year later she met fashion designer John Playfair, whom she tied the knot in 2016 after five years of dating (pictured in 2018)

Lot: Prue went on to admit that she was happy to leave because a year later she met fashion designer John Playfair, whom she tied the knot in 2016 after five years of dating (pictured in 2018)

Or feeling guilty for not making dinner on time because my husband looked great having everything on time.

One of the other women started whistling and said, ‘A man has advantages, how wonderful it would be to have someone carry the bags and take out the trash and go to the movies and do nothing with them.’

She continued: “All three of us agreed that we wanted a walker. I got a little booze and said very specifically…. ‘I want someone who is Jewish, in their 70s, a musician and gay,’ those four things.’

At the time, she explained that she was embarking on her ill-fated affair, but went on to admit that she was glad she left because a year later she met fashion designer John Playfair, whom she tied the knot in 2016 after five years together.

First love: The South African cook was previously married to author Rayne Kruger from 1974 to 2002, when he died at the age of 80

First love: The South African cook was previously married to author Rayne Kruger from 1974 to 2002, when he died at the age of 80

She boldly added, “Had I been with Earnest, I would never have been able to connect with John.”

The South African chef was previously married to author Rayne Kruger from 1974 to 2002, when he died at age 80.

In the past, Prue has spoken regularly about her relationship with John and rather candidly about their sex life.

During an interview with Loose Women, the cook shared details as he discussed the recent finding that millennials are having less sex. She was asked by Saira Khan about the recent finding and replied with a giggle, “Try it, it’s pretty nice.”

During an interview with The sun, she said, ‘Older people find that rather romantic and charming. Younger people think, ‘My God, are they really still at it?”

She added: ‘It sounds a bit pompous to say, but it’s very healthy that older women like me don’t just sit in a corner knitting.’

Prue began her career at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in 1960 and opened its Michelin-starred restaurant Leith’s nine years later.

After becoming a food columnist she devoted her talents to cookbook writing and was a successful novelist, she now reviews The Great British Bake Off.

Prue is mother to son Danny and adopted daughter Li-Da with Rayne.

Talented: Prue began her career at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in 1960 and opened her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's nine years later - she now rates The Great British Bake Off (pictured with her co-stars)

Talented: Prue began her career at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in 1960 and opened her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith’s nine years later – she now rates The Great British Bake Off (pictured with her co-stars)

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