‘He was bipolar which meant he could be absolutely impossible’: Prue Leith, 81, reveals she enjoyed an ‘affair’ with ‘a wonderful man’ and details why she was forced to end the union   

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  • The South African cook was previously married to author René Kruger from 1974 to 2002, when she died at the age of 80.
  • She revealed that at a dinner party in 2010, she had drunkenly said that she was looking for a musician and lesbian, in her ’70s.
  • Weeks later, she met Ernest in Lanzarote, and although he was not gay, he ticked all her other boxes and they began their affair.
  • She confessed that her bipolar made her ‘absolutely impossible’ at times
  • Pru said she was glad she left because she met her husband, fashion designer John Playfair, a year later, with whom she tied the knot in 2016.
  • She said: ‘If I had been with Ernest, I would have never been with John’
  • The South African cook was previously married to author René Kruger from 1974 to 2002, when she died at the age of 80.

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

to speak on Annie Mac’s Transformations The podcast, GBBO Judge, 81, said that she ‘had a great time’ with her former love, Ernest, but she couldn’t be with him because she had bipolar disorder and later met her now-husband, John Playfai.

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A few weeks before their meeting, she told a group of friends at a dinner party that she was looking for a Jew, a musician and gay in the ’70s, and that in meeting Ernest, she found most of the wanted boxes. Checked out, though was not gay.

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Having a blast: Prue Leith reveals she once had an affair with ‘an amazing man’ after visiting a friend in Lanzarote in 2010

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

‘He loved music and food and was in his 70s. And thank god he wasn’t gay! Because I found out that I still love it all. We had four years together – it was a real rollercoaster. It was so wonderful…

‘We were trying to build a concert hall in Lanzarote where he had a house. We spent great time together. He was bipolar, which meant that he would be absolutely impossible at all times…

‘I am still friends with him but I could not be with him.’

Young: The Great British Bake Off judge, 81, said they 'had a great time together' but couldn't be with him because he had bipolar disorder

Young: The Great British Bake Off judge, 81, said they ‘had a great time together’ but couldn’t be with him because he had bipolar disorder

Talking about how the search for love began, she elaborated on attending a dinner party as a single woman: ‘I went to a dinner party and I met a bunch of people And it was funny enough when you’re a single woman a) you don’t get invited to many dinner parties and if you do there are probably two other single women…

‘Some dude is being too nice to have friends he needs dinner. You find yourself 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 lonely for a very good reason, like that’s terrible. So… I was having fun. I had a few drinks.

‘Three women, we were all single and we were all talking about what it’s like to be single. And I was saying I don’t want a husband because it was too good not to have crumbs in bed and I’m sorry for my train being late…

Fate: Pru admits she was glad she left because she met fashion designer John Playfair a year later, who tied the knot with John five years later in 2016 (pictured in 2018)

Fate: Pru admits she was glad she left because she met fashion designer John Playfair a year later, who tied the knot with John five years later in 2016 (pictured in 2018)

‘Or feel guilty for not making dinner on time because my husband was a great man for getting everything done on time.

One of the other women called and said: ‘For a boy there are advantages, what would be better if someone takes the bag and takes out the trash and goes to the cinema and does nothing.’

She continued: ‘The three of us agreed we wanted a walker, I got a little bit of wine and …

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