Nigella Lawson tells “Diva” about the time she crushed on a girl

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At first glance, it might seem like an odd choice for UK lesbian magazine Diva to put straight-identified celebrity foodie/author Nigella Lawson on the cover of their March issue. But when you think about the thousands of men and women who have drooled at the sight of Nigella as she serves up a hot dish on one of her Food Network or Channel 4 shows, and how she’s so often referred to as the “queen of food porn,” it might not seem that strange — especially when she’s open to answering questions about women.

Here’s an except from the interview:

On her lesbian following:

I’m happy to have a following. But also, funnily

enough, I think people mistake these things. When

I was younger, I was asked why I didn’t find it

offensive if someone wolf-whistled at me. Listen,

I’m a feminist who doesn’t find it offensive to be

attractive. Just like I feel that eating is an occasion

for pleasure. I feel that any form of appreciation

deserves a smile back and a thank you. Being found

attractive has never seemed at all offensive to me.

On if she ever had crushes on females:

Oh yes, at school. I was at one school for a while

and they were called a crush, a craze, and I

remember there was a very beautiful Egyptian girl

called Nilgen and I was allowed to go make her

bed every day. Nevertheless, it was considered

normal in those days.

I think it was seeking the comfort of a mother

or an older sister. Being at boarding school is a

strange feeling, and you want somebody to show

concern for you. It was certainly a very unphysical

sort of crush. I was very much an introverted child

who lived in my head. I was so shy, I remember

hating it if any of my parents’ friends addressed a

question to me. Up until I was 19 and went travelling

in Italy.

On if she’s ever been with a woman:

No, I haven’t had a love affair with a woman but

I have very close woman friends, which is a very

different thing but I think we all have it in

us — women more than men.

 

I do feel that I find

difference very interesting. In a sense, a smooth-skinned

man wouldn’t appeal.

I know a lot of

straight men feel threatened. But pleasure is

pleasure, and I’m not saying it’s all fluid, but in a

sense one’s relationship is with the person.

And, yes, she also talks about food. You can get your own copy of the March issue online or at select bookstores now.