Rachel Allen has shed light on how she has coped since her teenage son Joshua was arrested on drug charges last year.
The celebrity chef’s eldest son pleaded guilty to two drugs charges last year, after Gardai intercepted thousands of euro worth of cannabis and cocaine as it was delivered to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork.
Amid the controversy, his mother Rachel continued to run the Allen family’s famous cookery school and even started working on a new cookbook – but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t struggling.
Speaking to the RTÉ Guide in wake of the scandal, Rachel said: “At times I have found a strength that I didn’t know I had, and you have to nurture that.”
“Sometimes life throws you curve-balls and you have to try and work out the best way to deal with them in your head. But I’d hate people to say ‘It’s easy for her to say that.'”
“No-one knows what is going on in anyone else’s life,” she said.
The 37-year-old also said the experience has taught her to be “positive.”
“That’s why I try to be positive. If someone is cranky to you in the supermarket we don’t know what is going on in their day. The world could do with a little bit more kindness,” she said.
Joshua is due to be sentenced next month.