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A certain TV star needs a little breathing room.

British chef and TV personality Nigella Lawson has reportedly taken her two kids and left husband Charles Saatchi amid rumors that he choked her in public, according to Us Weekly.

The incident occurred at a restaurant on June 9, and photos show Charles grabbing her throat. In the photos, Nigella is crying and looks distraught.

As of now, the 53-year-old Nigella "has left the family home with the children," her rep says.

"We do not know when she will return," a source adds. "They slept at a family friend's house last night."

Meanwhile, her 70-year-old advertising exec and art collector husband tells the Evening Standard that the incident was a "misunderstanding."

"There was no grip  it was a playful tiff," he says of grabbing her neck. "The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place."

Nigella has appeared on numerous food shows in Britain and is a judge on ABC's cooking show The Taste.

Charles is reportedly worth more than $150 million.

We wish Nigella and her children all the best.

Sources: Us Weekly, Evening Standard