The wife of fiery TV chef, Marco Pierre White, has been made bankrupt due to unpaid costs relating to her divorce, which was later halted.
Matilde White – or Mati as she is better known – was declared bankrupt after a case was brought against her by a private financial institution.
Mrs White and her celebrity husband endured three years locked in a fiercely contested divorce battle – which was subsequently stopped before completion. However, the legal wrangling is said to have cost each of the pair an eye-watering £1.25 million.
Mrs White, now aged 47, lives in West London and was subjected to proceedings issued by private banking firm, Duncan Lawrie, over an unpaid bill relating to the work carried out during the divorce case. Mrs White is believed to have already sold her engagement ring to cover some of the costs, but she still owes around £250,000 to the firm.
A separate creditor, Manches, is also rumoured to be pursuing Mrs White for approximately £200,000, also due to legal costs arising from her suspended divorce.
Mati White has been married to Marco Pierre White for the last 12 years. She is his third wife and originally started dating him in 1992, working as the bar manager in his establishment, The Canteen. The chef, aged 50, is estimated to have a personal fortune in the region of £50 million, amassed following a lucrative and sparkling career. He was the youngest chef in the UK to be awarded three Michelin stars, which he achieved aged just 28.
Duncan Lawrie bank has issued no comment on the matter, other than to confirm the bankruptcy.
The trustee in bankruptcy, Matthew Chadwick, from BDO LLP, said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to offer any comments at the present stage, as the formal paperwork has not been supplied by the official receiver.