Jamie Oliver: 'I drive a f****** bus. We don’t need any more kids'
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London - He's the proud father of five children with his wife Jools.
But Jamie Oliver has revealed he is reluctant to add to his brood – although he also admits that he might not have much choice in the matter.
The TV chef says that, when it comes to family matters, it is his wife who calls the shots – and she seems keen to have another.
He said: "I don’t have much control in that department. I’ve tried to put the brakes on a few times and it didn’t work. Women are very powerful and I don’t have much restraint or control."
He told TV Week: "I can give you a stronger answer like, 'Look, five is enough. I’m struggling already to get them in the car. I can’t even have a car any more. I drive a f****** bus. We don’t need any more kids'.
"But you would be under the idea that I have control of this situation. So, we’ll see."
The Olivers, both 43, have been married for 18 years and are parents to Poppy, 16, Daisy, 15, Petal, nine, Buddy, eight, and River, two.
Earlier this year Jools said she was keen to get pregnant before she turns 44 as she thinks she’ll be "getting a bit too ol to have more children after that. She said: "It would be nice to get it in quick, before I’m 44. You don’t know if it’s going to happen if not.
"After 44 I think I’m getting a bit too old. I’m very happy with what I’ve got, but a little baby – you can’t beat it." She did admit that even having a fifth child had been "pushing it" but added that Oliver was "quite keen" on a large family.
"He’s a bit like whatever you want, whatever you want," she said. "But I don’t think he meant this large!"
The couple, who got married in 2000, are approaching their 20th wedding anniversary and have revealed that they will renew their vows in 2020.
Oliver said: "We’re nearly 19 years in, which is extraordinary. I think 20 is a good moment. And if I can get to 40, I’ll do it again, and if I can get to 60, I’ll do it again.
"I just think it’s quite a nice thing to do. We don’t really do many big parties, so it’s just an excuse to get amongst it."
The chef also has another 20th anniversary on the horizon – in 1999 his first TV show The Naked Chef transformed him from an unknown sous chef into a major star.
Since then he has gone on to front dozens of programmes, sold millions of cookbooks, campaigned for healthier school dinners for children and opened his chain of Jamie’s Italian restaurants.