Boris Johnson today finally admitted that he is the father of six children and told US TV it is ‘a lot of hard work’ and claimed that he ‘changes a lot of nappies’.
The Prime Minister, whose second child with his new wife Carrie is due at Christmas, is notoriously reluctant to discuss his often colourful private life but let down his guard on American television today.
In an interview with NBC on his trip to New York, Mr Johnson admitted for the first time that he has a six children – although there has been some suggestion that there may be a seventh.
The PM has a son, Wilfred, with third wife Carrie Johnson and four with his second wife Marina Wheeler. He also has a daughter from an affair in 2009 with journalist and art critic Helen Macintyre.
He has never previously agreed put a figure on the size of his personal brood. Speaking to the Today morning show, he was asked if he was a father of six, replying, ‘yes’.
Asked what it was like being a father to a young child while in power he added: ‘It’s fantastic. It’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you that much. But I love it, I absolutely love it. I change a lot of nappies.’
The Prime Minister is notoriously reluctant to discuss his often colourful private life but let down his guard on American television today as he said he had six children
The PM has a son, Wilfred, with third wife Carrie Johnson (above) and four with his second wife Marina Wheeler. He also has a daughter from an affair in 2009.
Boris, pictured with his four children from his marriage to Marina, right, pictured together in London when she became a QC in 2016
Mr Johnson has wed three times, with both previous marriages ending in divorce after he had an affair with his future wife.
The PM – 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 Wheeler.
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.
The following year he fathered a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre but again was reconciled with his then wife.
They finally announced plans to divorce in 2019 year after his relationship with Carrie came to light.
Boris Johnson defends US decision to leave Afghanistan after 20 years ahead of his first White House meeting with Joe Biden TODAY – but admits the chaotic pullout that left nation in the hands of the Taliban could ‘maybe’ have been handled better
The Prime Minister said Washington was entitled to believe ‘enough is enough’ after its forces spent 20 years propping up the country in the face of an Islamist insurgency.
In an interview with US network NBC he admitted the chaotic withdrawal last month, which allowed a swift extremist takeover could ‘maybe’ have been handled better.
But he suggested it was time for the Afghan people to run their own country instead of relying on the West.
President Biden’s administration has faced widespread criticism for its rapid pull-out from Afghanistan, which left the country in the hands of one of a brutal theocratic regime.
But speaking in New York after visiting the UN he told the broadcaster: ‘America has been there for 20 years and it is a respectable argument to say that enough is enough.
‘You can’t endlessly subcontract the government of your country to other people. There has got to be some sort of system by which they get back on their feet.’
Asked if he agreed with the withdrawal, he added: ‘Could we have done it a bit differently? Maybe we could.’
Eight months into his presidency, Biden has been out of sync with allies on the chaotic ending to the US war in Afghanistan
President Biden planned to use his first address before the UN General Assembly to reassure other nations of American leadership on the global stage and call on allies to move quickly and cooperatively to address the festering issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses.
Biden, who arrived in New York last night to meet with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of today’s address, offered a full-throated endorsement of the body’s relevance and ambition at a difficult moment in history.
The president, in brief remarks at the start of his meeting with Guterres, returned to his mantra that ‘America is back’ – a phrase that’s become presidential shorthand meant to encapsulate his promise to take a dramatically different tack with allies than predecessor Donald Trump.
But the president was facing a healthy measure of skepticism from allies during his week of high-level diplomacy.
The opening months of his presidency have included a series of difficult moments with friendly nations that were expecting greater cooperation from Biden following four years of Trump’s ‘America first’ approach to foreign policy.
Eight months into his presidency, Biden has been out of sync with allies on the chaotic ending to the US war in Afghanistan.
He has faced differences over how to go about sharing coronavirus vaccines with the developing world and over pandemic travel restrictions. And there are questions about the best way to respond to military and economic moves by China.
Biden also finds himself in the midst of a fresh diplomatic spat with France, the United States’ oldest ally, after announcing plans – along with Britain – to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The move is expected to give Australia improved capabilities to patrol the Pacific amid growing concern about the Chinese military’s increasingly aggressive tactics, but it upended a French defense contract worth at least $66 billion to sell diesel-powered submarines to Australia.
President Biden’s administration has faced widespread criticism for its rapid pull-out from Afghanistan, which left the country in the hands of one of a brutal theocratic regime (Kandahar pictured today)
Mr Johnson has met the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in New York
Boris Johnson has met the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in New York.
The Prime Minister said ‘thanks for all your help with everything on Afghanistan’, referring to the evacuation flights leaving Kabul airport and landing in Qatar.
Mr Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the emir to Glasgow for Cop26 and compared securing finance towards the 100 billion dollar (£730 million) a year fund to tackle climate change to a rugby game.
‘We need to now start moving like in rugby, start binding everyone together for the final scrum,’ the PM said.
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