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Boris Johnson and wife Marina Wheeler divorcing after 25 years of marriage

07 September 2018

The former foreign secretary and Marina Wheeler, a human rights barrister, both 54, are living apart, according to sources.

Johnson and Marina Wheeler said in a joint statement Friday that they separated "several months ago" after 25 years of marriage and have now chose to divorce.

FILE PHOTO: Former London Mayor Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler arrive to vote in the European Union referendum, at a polling station in north London, Britain June 23, 2016.

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"Several months ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided it was in our best interests to separate", the statement read. They made the announcement in a joint statement after a story appeared in the Sun on Friday detailing claims that Johnson was unfaithful.

'We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is under way.

Other leading advocates of Brexit have named him as the man who should succeed May and he is popular with the party's grassroots.

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Commentators are speculating that the news may have an adverse affect on Mr Johnson's aspirations to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.

The pair are believed to have split around the time that they left the Carlton Gardens grace and favour house, following Mr Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary in July over Theresa May's Chequers Brexit proposals.

Since then, he has repeatedly criticized the strategy in parliament and through his regular newspaper column, establishing himself as the leading advocate of a more radical break with Brussels. "She will never take him back now", she reportedly told a friend.

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Boris Johnson and wife Marina Wheeler divorcing after 25 years of marriage