Boris Johnson and wife Marina Wheeler to divorce after 25 years of marriage over cheating claims

Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler, who have four children together, confirmed their separation by issuing a joint statement to the United Kingdom Press Association.


                            Boris Johnson and wife Marina Wheeler to divorce after 25 years of marriage over cheating claims

Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday confirmed that he and his wife Marina Wheeler have decided to separate after 25 years of their marriage and are currently going through a divorce, according to reports.

Johnson and Wheeler, who have four children together, confirmed their separation by issuing a joint statement to the United Kingdom Press Association.

"Several months ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided it was in our best interests to separate. We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is underway," the statement read.

"As friends, we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further," it added.

According to The Sun, which first reported the split, the pair decided to separate after Wheeler accused Johnson of cheating. The news outlet had claimed that the pair's 25-year-old fashion journalist daughter, Lara, was overheard telling her friends that he "is a selfish bastard. Mum is finished with him. She will never take him back now."

London Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Johnson enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Johnson enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.

The former Foreign Secretary resigned from the UK government in July after attacking Prine Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy. Johnson had campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union two years ago in 2016 and has always supported a "hard Brexit," contrary to May's approach towards the process.

The pair decided to separate after Wheeler accused Johnson of cheating (Getty Images)
The pair decided to separate after Wheeler accused Johnson of cheating (Getty Images)

There are also reports that Johnson could soon launch his bid to run for the leader of the Conservative Party and unseat May as Prime Minister.

There is, however, an independent investigation ongoing against Johnson for likening Muslim women who choose to wear veils to "bank robbers" and "letterboxes." He had made the controversial remarks last month in a newspaper column.

The investigation into the case has been launched to examine whether Johnson's comments breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct as they drew worldwide condemnation, and also sparked accusations of Islamophobia.