In November 2019, Jennifer Arcuri said that she had “a very special relationship” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he served as mayor of London, but declined to comment on whether her connection with Johnson was, in fact, an affair.
In an interview with the Daily Mail on Friday, US businesswoman and former model Jennifer Arcuri admitted to having an affair with UK Prime Boris Johnson while he worked as mayor of London and was married to his then-wife Marina Wheeler.
When asked whether she loved Johnson, the 35-year-old said that she avoided thinking about it at the time.
In an apparent nod to Johnson, she added that “you’d have to be a fool not to get swept away by those avalanches of passion, especially when you’re singled out as a young woman in London”.
The interview comes after Arcuri told the UK news outlet ITV in November 2019 that she had “a very special relationship” with Johnson while he served as mayor of London, but that she is “not going to answer the question” on whether it was actually an affair.
Boris Johnson and Jennifer Arcuri speak on the campaign bus in 2012.
Earlier that year, the 35-year-old accused Johnson of treating her as “some one-night stand” ever since he assumed the office of the head of the UK government.
The scandal surfaced after The Sunday Times reported in late September 2019 that Arcuri had allegedly told four friends and a Tory activist that she was engaged in an intimate relationship with Johnson while he served as the mayor of London and was married to his erstwhile wife, Mariana Wheeler.
The reports were followed by allegations that the UK prime minister had engaged in misconduct by showing preferential treatment to Arcuri, including her in private trade talks and facilitating grants of up to £100,000 from state bodies.
Both the prime minister and Arcuri have repeatedly denied misusing public funds during trade missions she attended or on funding her startup. Johnson avoided a criminal investigation after a UK police watchdog found no evidence to confirm the allegations.
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