Former UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has separated from his wife, Marina Wheeler, and is working on a divorce. Johnson confirmed this to the Press Association on Friday.
In a joint statement, Johnson and Wheeler, both 54, said they separated some time ago and divorce proceedings had started.
“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 under way.
“As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further,” the statement said.
According to The Sun which reported that the couple had been separated for more than four months, Marina, a lawyer, has thrown Boris out twice before – once in 2004 over his four-year affair with Petronella Wyatt, then again in 2010 when he was suspected of having a lovechild with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
Johnson is the favorite of Brexit advocates to take over from Theresa May as UK Prime Minister.
Johnson served as foreign minister under May for two years until July, when he quit in protest at her Brexit negotiating strategy, saying it would leave Britain as a “colony” of the European Union.
Since then, he has repeatedly criticized the strategy in parliament and through his regular newspaper column.