Boris Johnson’s ex-wife Marina Wheeler ended ‘impossible’ marriage


Boris Johnson announced his divorce with Marina Wheeler in 2018 (Picture: REX)

The Prime Minister’s ex-wife has spoken out on why she decided to end their 25-year marriage.

Marina Wheeler, 56, lifted the lid on the end of her relationship with Boris Johnson as she talked about her cervical cancer diagnosis in 2019.

It comes just seven days since the PM married his fiancee Carrie Symonds at a secret ceremony in Westminster Cathedral.

Ms Wheeler, who has two sons and two daughters with Mr Johnson, married in 1993 before announcing their divorce in 2018 and finalising it last year.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping, the lawyer and author said: ‘The divine plan, it seemed, had gone awry.

‘My four children and I already had tough stuff to handle. My 25-year marriage had become impossible, so I ended it, but the whole business was grim.’


Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (5586224b) Marina Wheeler, QC Marina Wheeler at the High Court, London, Britain - 11 Feb 2016

Ms Wheeler, 56, said the business of her marriage and split ‘was grim’ (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

‘So why was I being doled out more? Of course, that’s not how cancer works. Nor does life.’

Ms Wheeler said two years on from her diagnosis that she could see she was ‘lucky’ and urged other women to attend their cervical screening appointments.

She added: ‘Because I was screened, the cancer was identified early – at stage 1 – and could be treated relatively easily.’

US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri claims she had a four-year affair with Mr Johnson between 2012 and 2016, while he was married to Ms Wheeler.


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: (Alternate crop of #1233183330) In this handout image released by 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses with his wife Carrie Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street following their wedding at Westminster Cathedral, May 29, 2021 in London, England. The secretly planned wedding took place in a small ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Johnson is the first Prime Minister to get married while in office in nearly 200 years. (Photo by Rebecca Fulton / Downing Street via Getty Images)

It comes seven days after Johnson tied the knot with Carrie Symonds, 33 (Picture: Getty Images)

She claims they began seeing each other while Mr Johnson was serving his second term as Mayor of London and that she had slept with him in his marital home.

The tech entrepreneur said PM would request racy pictures of her and she would reply with ‘arty’, professional topless shots.

He allegedly said one was ‘enough to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window’.

The Prime Minister has never denied having an affair but has a policy of not commenting on his private life.

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