Womanising Boris Johnson has a string of failed relationships to his name.
The philandering MP embarked on at least five extra-marital flings and got at least two of his mistresses pregnant.
When his affair with Carrie Symonds came to light last September, he and his long-suffering wife Marina Wheeler filed for divorce.
The philandering MP (left) embarked on at least five extra-marital flings and got at least two of his mistresses pregnant. When his affair with Carrie Symonds (right) came to light last September, he and his long-suffering wife Marina Wheeler filed for divorce
Their daughter Lara Johnson, 26, who is daughter to Marina (pictured), reportedly branded her father a ‘selfish b******’
Their daughter Lara Johnson, 26, who is only five years younger than Miss Symonds, reportedly branded her father a ‘selfish b******’.
Mr Johnson – who once dismissed reports of his cheating as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’ – married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987, but they divorced in 1993 after he cheated on her with Marina.
In 2004, his four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt, the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public.
She later told how she had an abortion and suffered a miscarriage.
Mr Johnson was sacked from his role as shadow arts minister by then-Tory leader Michael Howard for lying about the relationship.
Mr Johnson – who once dismissed reports of his cheating as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’ – married Oxford University sweetheart Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 (pictured), but they divorced in 1993 after he cheated on her with Marina
In 2004, his four-year affair with journalist and society author Petronella Wyatt (pictured), the daughter of Labour grandee Lord Wyatt, became public
Mr Howard’s spokesman said at the time the issue was one of ‘personal morality’.
Two years later, the News of the World reported an affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley, saying Mr Johnson had been seen leaving her London flat.
At the time Miss Wheeler threw her husband out of their home, but the couple later patched things up.
The following year he fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
It is understood Miss Wheeler again kicked him out of the family home.
Mr Johnson fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre (pictured). It is understood Miss Wheeler again kicked him out of the family home
In 2016, Miss Wyatt said: ‘He is inordinately proud of his Turkish ancestry and his views on matters such as monogamy are decidedly Eastern.
‘I find it genuinely unreasonable that men should be confined to one woman,’ he has grumbled to me, and cannot understand the media’s reaction to his personal affairs.’
City lawyer Miss Wheeler, 54, a Cambridge-educated QC and the daughter of veteran BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler, put up with her husband’s infidelity for years.
City lawyer Miss Wheeler (pictured), 54, a Cambridge-educated QC and the daughter of veteran BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler, put up with her husband’s infidelity for years
But last September was the final straw for the mother of the MP’s four older children – Lara, Milo Arthur, 23, Cassia Peaches, 21, and Theodore Apollo, 19.
Since then, Miss Symonds and her boyfriend have kept a low profile, and been photographed together on only a handful of occasions.
Mr Johnson owns a home in Oxfordshire but has moved into the flat in south London which Miss Symonds bought last year for a little over £650,000 with the help of a mortgage.
The beginning? Carrie and Boris at a fundraising ball, February 2018. Despite the age gap, the pair are seen in some quarters as the dynamic duo of Tory politics
At New Year they jointly hosted a discreet party there for close friends, at which they were reported to appear ‘very much in love’.
Miss Symonds is nicknamed ‘Flotus’, short for ‘First Lady of the United States’, the acronym used for the US President’s wife.
Mr Johnson has reportedly been trying to speed up his divorce so he can move her into Downing Street if he wins the leadership contest.
Miss Symonds and Mr Johnson met in 2012 when Miss Symonds was seconded from Tory HQ to work on Mr Johnson’s campaign to be re-elected London Mayor.
Carrie Symonds, a former Tory Party PR and Boris’s girlfriend of 18 months
Later, their paths crossed when she worked for Sajid Javid and Michael Gove.
The couple became close when she was promoted to director of communications for the Tories in June 2017, a role which led to her being named as Britain’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine.
It is not known when their affair began, but they were spotted dining together at Rules restaurant in Covent Garden on Valentine’s Day last year.
At a wedding of a Tory colleague, Miss Symonds showed off text messages from the then Foreign Secretary.
When the reports reached Downing Street, Theresa May took a dim view, and in the August it was announced Carrie was going to work for the financial company Bloomberg.
But the relationship with Carrie is viewed as the real deal by his friends despite the age gap.
The new couple divide their time between her flat in south London and his home in Oxfordshire, but friends expect Miss Symonds to move into No 10 if Mr Johnson wins the leadership race.
Pictured: Boris Johnson at GQ Men of the Year 2013
Those who know her best say Miss Symonds – a former director of communications for the Conservative Party – is playing a far greater role in Mr Johnson’s bid for power than many realise.
She suggests ideas for his speeches and his weekly newspaper columns and has persuaded him to support a series of liberal issues – such as campaigns against plastic pollution in the oceans and female genital mutilation.
Friends say Miss Symonds makes Mr Johnson, who is 23 years her senior, blissfully happy, and has brought a new sense of calm to his sometimes boisterous and restless nature.
The couple relax by spending their evenings painting together, a passion that Mr Johnson’s political hero Winston Churchill also enjoyed.
Some of their paintings hang on the walls of her flat in south London.
They both also share a passion for cycling and, for her birthday in March, Mr Johnson bought Miss Symonds a classic £645 hand-made Pashley bicycle complete with wicker basket on the handlebars.
While both are smitten, friends insist some of the more colourful stories about them are false.
‘Those stupid nicknames ‘Bozzie Bear’ and ‘Little Otter’ are utter nonsense,’ said one.
‘They’ve never called each other that. I know Miss Symonds would find that incredibly cringeworthy.’
Lean machine: Boris cuts a much slimmer, smarter figure under the influence of Carrie Symonds. Left: Boris in 2013. Right: In 2019
Sources say Miss Symonds’s ability to effortlessly combine the intense focus required to win a fiercely fought leadership campaign with a playful sense of fun has rubbed off on Mr Johnson, bringing a competency that his political operation once lacked.
Her fine-tuned social skills appear to have also rubbed off on her partner.
Criticised in the past for having few too few meaningful allies on the back benches, Johnson has devoted time to wooing the parliamentary colleagues that he needs to win.
He has also dramatically changed his appearance, sporting a ‘trendy’ haircut, lost weight, quit alcohol and ‘late-night binges of chorizo and cheese’, as well daily bike rides.
These have largely been attributed to Miss Symonds.