Jennifer Arcuri publicly admitted to a four year affair with Boris Johnson for the first time yesterday, in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror.
While there had been rumour and innuendo about the nature of their friendship – it’s the first time the American tech entrepreneur has gone on the record with full details of their relationship.
She revealed they had sex for the first time just hours before the then-London mayor appeared in public at the 2012 Paralympics.
And she told the Mirror how Mr Johnson would make “desperate” pleas for racy photos during overseas trade trips, paid for with public money.
And Ms Arcuri said she had sex with Mr Johnson, now Prime Minister, in the home he shared with wife Marina Wheeler, while she was at work.
Here are the most explosive revelations from Jennifer Arcuri’s world exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror.
1. The affair lasted four years
Ms Arcuri told the Mirror her affair with Mr Johnson – then Mayor of London – lasted four years.
She says they met up once a week at the height of the affair, she sent arty topless pictures and admits: “I loved him. I adored him.”
Jennifer reveals a mutual “physical and intellectual attraction”. They shared a love of Shakespeare, she codenamed him Alexander the Great, and she says he loved her body and mind and “couldn’t keep his hands off me” on their first tryst.
But ultimately, she says, he was a “cowardly wet noodle” for not standing by her in the row over her presence on foreign trade trips.
Jennifer says her romance with PM Boris – who was Mayor of London at the time – lasted from 2012 to 2016.
It was his second term of office and he was married to now ex-wife Marina, mother of their four children.
She added: “We were in an intimate relationship for four years. I loved him, and with good cause. But the man I thought I knew doesn’t exist any more.”
2. They first had sex just hours before the Paralympic opening ceremony
Jennifer says the first time she slept with Boris was on August 29, 2012 – just before the Paralympics ceremony.
She says he turned up at her flat on London’s trendy Shoreditch High Street in mayoral suit with Olympics badges.
Jennifer says: “I was completely in control. I could tell this man was so excited beyond words to see me. It gave me the upper hand.”
That evening, 11million people tuned in to the Paralympics opening ceremony where Boris was pictured alongside Princess Anne, Prince William and his wife Kate.
But even as the night wore on, Jennifer says Boris was texting and calling her. She adds: “He was in contact all night. I did see him on the television. It was bizarre.”
3. He then had to hunt for his sock
After sex, she said Boris didn’t want to leave and she had to shove him out of the door. But first she had to find his lost sock.
She says: “He didn’t want to leave, very clearly. It was awkward – you’re supposed to be on stage and on TV in a few hours.
“Now, I’m pushing you out the door with all of your mayoral bric a brac, the lanyard with the big badge, and the lapel pins.”
She added: “He was very clearly distraught because he wanted to stay. I think I couldn’t even find his sock – it was just the most bizarre experience.
“There is always the awkward afterwards. I remember teasing him. I told him I’d write a book with a chapter – My Affair With The Mayor. I would let the women of London know. He said, ‘You would never do that’. I said, ‘Let’s just hope you never ignore me’.”
4. He requested racy images of her – and gave a very Boris Johnson response
Jennifer says they exchanged sexual messages. She sent an “arty” picture of her topless – which Boris described as “enough to make a bishop kick through a stained-glass window”.
Most of the pictures were from professional shoots and Jennifer sent them whenever Boris said he was desperate to see her.
She said: “That was one of my really very sexy photos. I had some topless ones I took by a fireplace. You don’t see me topless, but you see the silhouette of my breast. It’s a pin-up kind of look. I went to the polo and I won a photoshoot.
“That’s when I did other photos for him – vignette, black and white, totally tasteful, topless. One of the guys who did all my tech events asked to do a photoshoot with me.
“That’s where the photo with the pearls and the fur coat in the stairwell, that’s where that came from. When I did a shoot, he might say I’m desperate, or I miss you, and I’d respond with a photo.”
5. He begged her for an intimate picture on a publicly funded foreign trip
Messages seen by the Mirror show at least one request was made while he was on a taxpayer-funded trade mission to Israel as Mayor of London.
During the fourth year of their affair, the pair were both on an official trade mission to Tel Aviv.
Ms Arcuri says Mr Johnson was dejected after Palestinian officials cancelled a string of meetings after he criticised a boycott of Israeli goods.
Texts seen by the Mirror show they discussed meeting at the King David Hotel, where Johnson was a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
But as Jennifer, 35, was in the Dan Panorama in Tel Aviv – an hour away – their plans were thwarted.
Undeterred, Johnson wanted to see pictures of Jennifer, texting: “Photo x.”
She asks playfully: “Is that a statement or a request? ;-)”. Johnson replies: “It is a desperate request xxx.”
Jennifer says she obliged by sending him a raunchy photograph.
6. When Arcuri said she wouldn’t kiss him on the street, he said “This is my city, I don’t care”
On one date – a meal at Ciao Bella on Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury – Jennifer says Boris complimented her on a Union Jack bow in her hair.
She says: “He gave me a hug in front of everyone. It just felt so natural. We had red wine, I had a nicoise salad and he had fish and chips and then ate off my plate.
“He was very forthright. He said, ‘I can’t stop thinking about you, I want to date you, I really like you’. I said, ‘I’m not someone you play games with.
“You are always honest with me and you respect me and my time. If you don’t want to see me, you just tell me’. He said, ‘I’m not one to fall for American women’. I responded, ‘I’m not one to fall for politicians – we’re going to have to play this very slow’.
“This is where I got to see a little bit of the man for the first time and I’d be lying if I was to say I didn’t love who I was seeing.” She says Boris stroked her leg under the table and, outside, begged to go home with her.
Jennifer says: “He screamed, ‘Kiss me!’ And I said, ‘Mr Mayor, I do not kiss politicians on the street’. He said, ‘This is my city, I don’t care’.” Boris also posed for selfies with members of the public outside.
Jennifer recalls: “He was very much wanting to take me home that evening. I refused to give in. He got very frustrated and biked off in a huff.”
7. They had sex on the family sofa in Johnson’s marital home
Ms Arcuri says the pair had sex on the family sofa in Johnson’s marital home in 2016.
“We were discussing some of the latest chapters from his book.
“He said, ‘I have a complete writer’s block. I need to figure what I’m trying to say but I want you to hear it. I really need you, baby, I really need you.’
“We moved on to reading Macbeth, which was a kind of foreplay routine we had. I said, ‘Let’s skip to the good stuff’. He said, ‘I love that about you, you just want to get to the good part.’
“After we made love… I felt conflicted being there in his family home and seeing him like this but I couldn’t help but love the feeling of being desired.”
Mr Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler, a QC who it’s said was working at the time, arrived home just minutes after his lover left.