Asked if he had six children, the Prime Minister told NBC “yes” – after previously refusing to be drawn on the subject in the 2019 election
Boris Johnson today finally appeared to confirm how many children he has after years of speculation.
Asked by NBC’s Today show on a trip to New York if he has six children, the Prime Minister replied: “Yes”.
He added: “It’s fantastic, it’s fantastic, it’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you that much, but I love it, I absolutely love it. And I change a lot of nappies, in case anybody… I do.”
Mr Johnson has six children who are public knowledge: Lara, Milo, Cassia and Theodore with ex-wife Marina Wheeler; Stephanie after an affair in 2009; and Wilfred with his new wife Carrie. A seventh child by his wife Carrie is on the way.
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Unusually for a Prime Minister, Mr Johnson and his allies had previously carefully avoided saying how many children he has.
Asked directly how many children he had before the 2019 election, the Prime Minister told LBC: “I love my children very much but they are not standing at this election and I’m not therefore going to comment on them.”
Mr Johnson married lawyer Marina Wheeler in 1993 and they split 25 years later.
But he has had multiple affairs, including the one with Petronella Wyatt which led to a pregnancy that was terminated.
And a 2013 court ruling said the public were entitled to know about claims that one affair – with art consultant Helen Macintyre – resulted in a daughter who was his.
The child’s family had sought to stop the father being named. But the Court of Appeal said: “The core information in this story, namely that the father had an adulterous affair with the mother, deceiving both his wife and the mother’s partner and that the claimant, born about nine months later, was likely to be the father’s child, was a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office.”
The daughter, Stephanie, was later named as family this month in the death notice for Mr Johnson’s late mother.
This breaking news story is being updated.