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Meet Nicola Robinson, the woman who introduced Pete Evans to the Paleo diet.

By now, you’re probably extremely familiar with the strong diet and lifestyle beliefs held by My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans. But you’re probably less aware of his wife, Nicola Robinson, the woman who brought Paleo to Pete, so to speak.

Before he made headlines for demonising fluoride, 46-year-old Pete Evans found fame with the Hugos Group, opening internationally renowned pizza restaurants in Sydney with his brother Dave. He also published books with titles like Classic Pizza, Pizza: Award-Winning Pie and even My Kitchen – Desserts. In 2010, he even taught Oprah Winfrey how to make the perfect pizza during her Ultimate Down under Adventure.

However, he appeared to be swapping pizza for Paleo when his first Paleo-based cookbook, Family Food: 130 Delicious Paleo Recipes for Every Day, arrived on shelves, championing the ‘caveman diet’ which denounces processed foods, grains, dairy, legumes and sugar.

But he wasn’t on this newfound caveman diet all by himself.

Pete met former glamour model and self-confessed party girl, turned wellness advocate, Nicola Robinson in 2011. The pair very much embarked on their ‘Paleo journey’ together.

This is everything we know about her.

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How did Pete Evans meet Nicola Robinson?

Evans and Robinson met in 2011 (in good old Adelaide of all places), and dated for three years before they got engaged under New York’s Manhattan Bridge in 2014.

Then in 2016, the couple got married in a barefoot, intimate ceremony at their rural, farmyard NSW home.

Speaking to lifestyle blog, Maximum You in 2016, she described how her and Evans began their ‘Paleo journey’.

“Six months into our (mine and Pete’s) partnership, I came across a book named Primal Body Primal Mind by an outstanding author Nora Gedgaudas,” she said.

“Nora’s book changed our lives and opened a door of newfound clarity and our Paleo journey began.”

 

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Who is Nicola Robinson?

Formerly known as Nicky Watson, the 41-year-old was a former model and New Zealand socialite who appeared in publications like Playboy. She was also previously married to New Zealand millionaire and business man, Eric Watson, but they divorced in 2003.

Everything changed in 2011, when she changed her public name to Nicola Robinson and firmly stepped out of the spotlight.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald in 2011, she shared her transformation.

“I live a very quiet life. I am doing this [working in the salon] for a nice, normal life where I feel part of something,” she said.

“I don’t want to make a living off my former image. I am NOT Nicky Watson. I am so far from that person.”

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Now she lives on a 25-acre farm in Northern NSW with Evans, his two daughters, Chilli and Indii, and is flanked by an abundance of chickens, horses and their pet poodle, Shikoba.

Robinson often shares Instagram photos of herself riding horses, preparing her Paleo-approved foods and practising 'tea ceremonies'. Evans even told Sunrise in 2017 that for the most part, the couple spend most of their time on the farm naked, after Robinson shared photos of herself posing in her "Earth Suit" with their pet horse, and another image of the celebrity chef wearing what looks like beach shorts.

“Well usually I’m naked most of the time but our horse Zorrow likes to have a bit of a nibble so I put shorts on just in case,” he said.

“He’s very frisky, he likes to show his love — you want to cover up for just that period of time but usually we’re starkers — that’s a beautiful thing about having a farm. Why do you need to wear clothes?”

“You should try a bit of nudity — it’s good. The horse is nude, our dogs are nude.”

 

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Further delving into her preference for a natural lifestyle, she shared her dietary beliefs:

"I also ate gluten and sugar, without realising that they were one of the root causes of many of my own physical and emotional discomforts," she told Maximum You.

"I was also using so called ‘natural’ toxic skin and hair care which is a major booboo! Our skin is of course a significant entry point to our bodies, and whatever we’re using on it, will seep right on in and make its way to every vulnerable nook and cranny."

In 2018 Robinson went on the program, Sunday Night and shared her story about undergoing surgery to remove her silicon breast implants because she suspected they were "toxic".

According to a 20/20 documentary, titled Nicky Watson - The Naked Truth, she said she had her first boob job at just 21 years old and had three operations in total.

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"I didn't like how they looked," she told Sunday Night reporter, Alex Cullen.

"I didn't like how they felt. I was just so ashamed of myself. And that's just such a pointless emotion to really feel, because it holds you in the past. It stops you from enjoying the present moment."

Although she suspected she had 'breast implant illness,' with some people reporting symptoms of fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and glands, headaches, hair loss and join and muscle pain, it's important to note the condition isn't officially recognised by the medical community.

At the time Pete backed his wife's statement and said told the program that, "they're causing her body and other women's bodies major issues".

Do Pete Evans and Nicola Robinson have children?

While Evans and Robinson don't have any children together, the My Kitchen Rules host has two daughters with his ex-wife, and former chocolatier Astrid Edlinger.

Their names are Chilli, 13, and Indii, 12, and they regularly feature on the social media feeds of Evans and Robinson.

However, in January 2017, the father-of-two told New Idea he's open to having more children with Robinson.

“I’m a very happy man to share my life with such a beautiful woman,” he said.

“I’m not sure what the future holds – we’ll see what happens.”

 

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Who was Pete Evan's ex-wife?

Not much is known about Edlinger, other than the fact that she owns Bondi-based chocolate boutique, House of Chocolates.

Edlinger was married to Evans for 11 years before separating in 2011. According to the Courier Mail, the business owner said fame had changed the MKR judge.

"He's got more famous and it inevitably changes anyone," she said.

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