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Jamie Oliver's wife Jools looks unrecognisable in birthday throwback photo

Happy birthday to Jools Oliver!

Sharnaz Shahid

Jamie Oliver has paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife Jools Oliver in honour of her 45th birthday. Taking to his Instagram page on Wednesday, the celebrity chef surprised fans by sharing a never-before-seen snap of his wife from when she was a teenager. "Happy birthday to my wife @joolsoliver 45 years old today," he wrote in the caption. "Woop woop! This picture is from when I first met her 18 at years old bless her..." [sic]

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Jamie Oliver shared this snap of his wife Jools on her 45th birthday

Heaping praise on her, Jamie added: "She's a wonderful, kind, extraordinary person who I'm so proud to call my wife and she's still smoking. Love you babe hope you have enjoyed your day of piece and quite x x x." Jools is a loving mother to five children - daughters Poppy, 17, Daisy, 16, and ten-year-old Petal and sons Buddy, nine, and River, three - all of whom she shares with Jamie.

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Last month, Jools told her followers she was going to cherish every moment with her children before they grow up into adults. Sharing an Instagram photo of Petal going to a ballet class, the doting mum wrote: "These days I shall miss the most when she grows up. I remember going through the ballet phase with each of my girls (and Bud for that matter)!!"

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"I loved getting there slightly earlier to pick them up so I could catch a glimpse of them dancing and I loved walking home with them, hand in hand discussing all the important things in their little world," she added. "With Pops off to Uni next year I will cherish these moments always xxx."

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Jamie and Jools have an incredibly strong unit and work hard to ensure that their children have a normal upbringing - despite growing up in the public eye. However, Jools admitted in the past that it has been hard for her eldest children at school. She told Red magazine: "I don't want them to be aware of anything, but it's too late: they are. They're not stupid."

Jools continued: "I think they find it quite hard at school. It can be a bit awkward if the other kids say, 'Can I get your dad's autograph?' My eldest [Poppy] doesn't like it. If Jamie comes to pick her up, it's just too embarrassing for her. So I do all that."

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