James Martin broke up with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli after she tried to buy him £180k supercar

James Martin opened up about his breakup with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and it was for one very unusual reason.

The celebrity chef said that things went south in the pair's relationship when she tried to buy him a £180,000 Aston Martin.

The Saturday Morning star and the film producer were in a relationship for almost five years before they went their separate ways in 2008, as reports the Mirror.

The 51-year-old previously reflected on their relationship and said there was an 'imbalance' between himself and the mega-rich producer, and he knew deep down it wouldn't work.

James met the 63-year-old at a charity auction and recalled how they instantly clicked despite their 12-year age gap.

Barbara, who is said to be worth a whopping £300million, bought her then boyfriend some lavish gifts including three genuine Picassos.

However, one purchase made James realise that they just weren't on the same page.

James Martin and Barbara Broccoli smiling together in 2004
James Martin used to date Hollywood producer Barbara Broccoli -Credit:Getty

He said: "It wasn’t as if it was my birthday or Christmas – it was just a spur of the moment thought.

“It was a defining moment in our relationship. Deep down, I knew there was always going to be an imbalance.

“In the end I said, ‘If I want something, I’ll work for it. Just drop it or we’re going to fall out over this’."

James went on to date former Miss England Sally Kettle and just recently split with his long-term girlfriend TV producer Louise Davies.

They met on 'Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? more than a decade ago but went their separate ways in December.

James and Louise, 47, lived together in Hampshire but they never got said 'I do'. The pair are still good friends despite their decision to split, and although they're keeping details private, James once said in an interview that getting married was not something he wanted to do.

He previously told the Sunday People: "No, it doesn't interest me in the slightest, mainly because I've catered for so many weddings, really. I admire people who do it, that's fine, but I'm quite happy. I don't need to spend 60 grand on a day, no, I'm more than happy thanks."

It's been reported that James has now moved on after his split from Louise, and he's been romancing personal trainer Kim Johnson - the ex wife of Arun Nayar, the businessman who was previously married to ELizabeth Hurley.

James and Kim were spotted looking at watches together in a Mayfair shop.

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