Prue Leith shocked fans when she previously revealed that she didn’t live with her husband John Playfair after more than two years of marriage. However, speaking to HELLO! in April 2019, the Great British Bake Off judge exclusively revealed that they were planning to eventually move in together to a farmhouse close to both of their respective houses in the Cotswolds.
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“My husband has a house in the next village, but he stays here every night and only goes home to do his laundry,” she told the magazine during her photoshoot, which took place at her beautiful Cotswolds home.
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“We will live together one day when we build our ‘eventide home’, but we didn’t move in together here because, at our age, you both have a house full of stuff and the thought of having to throw half of it away is awful.”
She and John plan to move to a farmhouse nearby and pass on the house to her children. “John and I will move there,” she explains. “Then the children can have this [house], if they want it. And if they don’t, we will sell it. We have to do it while we are energetic enough.”
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Prue Leith and husband John Playfair
The busy Great British Bake Off judge, who prides herself on multi-tasking, has just published her eight fiction novel, The Lost Son, which she wrote during downtime on the show. “It’s the perfect thing,” Prue tells us. “Sandi and Noel are on set almost all of the time because they have to usher the bakers through the process, but Paul and I just turn up and eat cake at the end and go away again. So I sometimes had two hours between takes. And I can write anywhere.”
Prue admits she has mastered the art of balancing both praise and criticism on Bake Off. And, she says, her fellow judge Paul Hollywood isn’t as harsh as he seems. “I don’t think Paul is nasty,” she tells HELLO! “Paul is scary because he has this wonderful ability of just keeping quiet. He just doesn’t say anything, he just looks at you with those steely blue eyes and it must be terrifying; whereas I gabble away – I always want to fill the silence.”
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