Jeremy Clarkson finds lowest point in a man’s life – ‘Being dragged to buy toilet handles’

Jeremy Clarkson discusses his decision to move to London

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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has admitted he has discovered the “lowest point in a man’s life”, as he discussed his struggles with working on his new house. The former Top Gear host revealed “being dragged” to buy toilet handles for his bathrooms was the worst part of the process, comparing it to his hatred of trying on trousers in a shop.

Jeremy began working on his home, which has been built on his Diddly Squat Farm estate, located near Chadlington in west Oxfordshire, from scratch after he blew up his former home for an episode of The Grand Tour alongside co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter acknowledged that although working on your own home would be considered a dream come true for most people, it comes with its difficulties.

Jeremy divulged: “I’ve often said that nothing in life is as awful as trying on trousers. 

“Hat shopping with a girlfriend, having a prostate exam, listening to The Archers, all of them are walks in the park compared with the misery of going into a hot, cramped room to try on a pair of strides, knowing full well that the pair with the 32in waist that you’ve selected will have been given the wrong label and that you’ll need a 36 instead. 

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“It’s the lowest point in a man’s life. Except it isn’t.”

Detailing the lengthy decision process involved in picking toilet handles, Jeremy continued: “Being dragged to London to spend a day choosing what sort of flush handle you’d like on your lavatory is worse. 

“There are millions of options, and when you’ve made a selection, you’re told to choose which one of the 118 chemical elements you’d like it to be made from. Rhodium? Cobalt? Tin?

“You’re then told that you need to go through the whole process again with the towel rails and the taps and shower heads, and after a while you realise that it’s all pointless, because in all your years you’ve never once been to someone’s house and thought, ‘What a lovely bog-roll holder.’” 


“The fact is, they don’t matter. A bent coat hanger would do the job just as well,” Jeremy argued in his latest column for The Sunday Times.

The car enthusiast lives in his new home with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan and her daughter, 18-year-old Ali, from a previous relationship.

The father-of-three has been in a relationship with Lisa since 2017.

In the same year, they made their red carpet debut at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

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Jeremy and Lisa started dating three years after his divorce from his second wife Frances Cain.

The Grand Tour host shares three children; Emily, Finlo and Katya with his second wife Frances.

Lisa also has three children; Wolfe, Ali and Lizzy.

The star recently spilled on the promise he made to his partner, as he addressed their changed Valentine’s Day plans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He wrote in his column for The Sun earlier this month: “I’ve always been a bit useless when it comes to Valentine’s Day but I did promise the other half last year that 2021 would be different.

“We’d go to London to do some shopping and then, I’d put on a suit and take her out for a romantic champagne dinner in a snazzy restaurant.”

However, the third national lockdown in England put a stop to Jeremy’s romantic plans.

He added: “Sadly, the pandemic has put paid to all that so, instead, I guess we’ll have to stay at home and watch the football.”

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