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 theGuardian 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.