TV cook Nigella Lawson has dished up some decidedly racy revelations.
The voluptuous star posed in a dress made of silver foil for men’s magazine Esquire.
And in the accompanying interview she discussed everything from her lust for Chelsea footballers John Terry and Frank Lampard, the pros and cons of covering your lover in chocolate, and the time she went to bed in nothing but stockings and high heels.
Lawson, wife of multi-millionaire art patron Charles Saatchi and currently appearing in BBC2 series Nigella Express, recently said she wanted to move away from her “blow-up sex doll” image.
But in this interview – in which Esquire dubs her “culinary crumpet” – she declared: “Stockings never fail to make you feel sexy. I like hold-ups, but the problem is if you’ve got too much meat at the top, you get a bulge there. So I often wear those over-the-knee French schoolgirl socks.
“But I know men like the whole strappy thing of suspenders, so I’ll wear them. In fact, thinking about it, I’ve actually worn them with nothing but a pair of shoes in bed before.”
However, she does not act like a dominatrix in the bedroom, confessing: “I’d be hopeless, continually asking, ’Oh dear, does that hurt? I’m so sorry.”’
Of her outfit for the photoshoot, she said: “I absolutely loved it. The foil moulds to the skin and there’s not much freedom of movement, but it felt very sexy. BacoFoil owe me big time!”
The most unusual revelation related to Lawson’s love of football.
She became a Chelsea fan as a child along with her brother Dominic.
“He’s now completely uninterested in football and tells me I’m thuggish for still going to games. But I love the English boys in the team – they’re the backbone of the side.
“I only have to hear John Terry and Frank Lampard talk and I swoon.”
She added: “I get so excited about the start of a new season. It’s not just the actual football. I love it when opponents embrace or give each other a little pat. Being female, I find masculinity very endearing, so I’m fascinated by the relationships between players.”
Lawson even bought a copy of Lampard’s autobiography.
“I bought and avidly read Frank’s autobiography over the summer, but I do fear Frank has lost his edge,” she said.
She also had a crush on ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: “Usually it’s very unattractive when men fancy themselves, but I don’t think it counts when they’re foreign. And although pretty men, aren’t my type, he is beautiful.”
Her passion for the game does not end there – Lawson apparently adores BBC1’s Match Of The Day and even fantasies about its pundit, Alan Hansen.
“I love the banter that surrounds football, that’s why I never miss Gary (Lineker) and Alan on Match Of The Day.
“This is so weird but when I had an operation on my back I started having hallucinations from the morphine they gave me. One of the voices I heard was Charles. The other was Alan Hansen talking about zonal marking.
“For two days I had Alan Hansen in my head. I told my friend and she just said that it shows how much I’ve dumbed down. Two years ago you would have heard nothing but (German dramatist Friedrich) Schiller. Now it’s Alan Hansen.”
Asked what physical attributes she likes in a man, she replied: “Hairiness. I like an animal. Hairy back, hairy everywhere. I don’t understand why a woman would want to be with a hairless man. If I was going to go for someone smooth, I may as well be a lesbian.”
Lawson said she couldn’t understand the attraction of smothering a lover in chocolate.
“If anyone chose chocolate over sex then I’d say they have a serious problem. I’m greedy. I think one should be allowed everything. Why should you be made to choose one over the other?
“I’ve never understood that whole dripping chocolate on someone. I can see how if you’re with someone you’re not particularly interested in, then using food as a prop might help.
“But food with sex just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe I’m just too innocent. Seriously, I must be the only person alive who’s never watched a porn movie.”
Lawson said Saatchi, her second husband, is happy with her curves.
She claimed: “I have friends whose husbands tut and complain if they’ve put on a bit of weight. I could never put up with that. It’s got to be total adoration or it’s never going to work for me.
“Like I say to Charles, I don’t ask for much, just 100% attention all of the time. That’s not so unreasonable, is it?”
The full interview is in the November issue of Esquire, out on Thursday.