London, July 26 As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walked into 10 Downing Street, his girlfriend Carrie Symonds was not by his side.
Boris becomes the first unmarried couple to inhabit the residence. Most new prime ministers usually pose for photos with their partners outside the house, but Johnson left his other half standing outside with his staff.
It has been suggested that not having the 31-year-old stand next to the new PM was a deliberate move so she wouldn’t “overshadow” his moment.
Johnson’s colourful personal life, with two marriages, an alleged love child, and being soon set to marry a woman who is a few years older than his eldest daughter, has evoked much attention.
Johnson is in the process of a divorce with his wife of 25 years, Marina Wheeler, a well-known barrister who is half Indian and with whom he has four children.
Johnson and Symonds bought a 1.3 million pound mansion in south London, after he sold his pound 3.7 million pound marital home.
Johnson’s first wife was Allegra Mostyn-Owen, who he married in 1987 when they both were in university and just 23 years old.
When she met Johnson in the 1980s, she had already graced the cover of Tatler magazine. She is the daughter of Italian writer Gaia Sevadio and art historian William Mostyn-Owen and grew up in Scotland.They divorced after six years of marriage. They did not have any children.
Johnson married Marina Wheeler, whose mother is Indian, allegedly 12 days after his divorce to Allegra.
Marina is the eldest daughter of BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler and Dip Singh, who had earlier married late journalist-author Khushwant Singh’s youngest brother, Daljit Singh.