Quote of the day: ‘If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no’

Following the announcement on Wednesday that Rupert Murdoch is to split from wife Wendy Deng, rumours have been doing the rounds on twitter of third-party involvement.

Following the announcement yesterday that Rupert Murdoch is to divorce wife Wendy Deng, rumours have been doing the rounds on twitter of third-party involvement.

One of the names being bounded around is ex-PM Tony Blair, prompting his spokesperson to issue a denial:

When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, the rep said:

“If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no.”

The rumours, however, are probably based on a misreading of this from Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff, which he wrote in the Guardian last year:

Blair becomes one of Wendi’s first official social conquests, in her developing role both as Murdoch social emissary and social power player. Wendi Murdoch becomes a curious wrinkle in the power equation – a way for Blair to see himself as having control of Murdoch, of joining with Wendi to handle him.

It is Wendi Murdoch who, in 2008, when I am writing about her husband, urges me to speak to Blair; she personally sets up the appointment.

 

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