Boris Johnson ‘branded “utterly selfish s***” by own family over Carrie affair’
The Prime Minister’s own family labelled him “utterly selfish” and a “s***” for leaving his wife for Carrie Symonds, a new exposé claims.
Boris Johnson’s family was reportedly livid over his affair with the much younger woman said to have split his marriage with the mother of some of his children, Marina Wheeler.
Explosive new biography The Gambler, charting the rise of the Johnson clan, lays out claims that scathing remarks were made by one of the family members at a tense dinner party last year.
The PM had held the dinner at Chequers to mark Stanley Johnson’s 79th in August 2019, just weeks after becoming Prime Minister.
“He’s a s***. He’s utterly selfish. He’s destroyed the family,” one of the Johnsons allegedly said as tempers flared at the dinner – which was snubbed by the newly-minted PM’s own children, according to author, Tom Bower.
The comments have been laid bare in an excerpt from Bower’s new book, serialised by the Mail on Sunday.
The family member, who was not named in the story, was said to have made the remark as staff served dinner to the Johnsons in a dining room at Chequers, a countryside mansion used by Britain’s Prime Ministers.
Rachel and Jo, Boris’s younger sister and brother, were both said to be present at the birthday meal, along with their spouses and children.
Leo, the fourth Johnson sibling, was reportedly on holiday in Greece.
But according to the book, Stanley was disappointed that Boris’ and Marina’s four children – Lara, then 26, Milo, 24, Cassia, 22, and Theo, 20 were not present.
According to the author, the PM’s children had rejected an invite to the dinner party.
It was held around a year after Mr Johnson, 56, split from his 56-year-old wife of 25 years, despite the marriage weathering years of humiliating revelations of Mr Johnson’s adultery.
Shortly after news of the split became public, his new relationship with Ms Symonds had emerged.
The former Tory party communications chief and PM’s fiancee, now 32, has since given birth to the couple’s first child, baby Wilfred.
But at the dinner party early on in the new affair, the Johnson children were reportedly furious about their grandfather shaking Ms Symonds’ hand at a public meeting, and were at that point refusing to speak to their father.
According to the book, Boris Johnson was unperturbed – buoyed by his political triumph – and continued to joke and entertain throughout the dinner party.
But the next morning his brother and sister reportedly left Chequers instead of staying for their father’s birthday lunch – saying they had other appointments to get to, according to the book.
Boris’ family had sided with his ex over the split and there remains lingering discomfort within their ranks over his new relationship, according to The Gambler.
Boris’ behaviour towards his ex, Marina, had fostered “intense hostility towards him and deep sympathy for her” among some in the Johnson inner circle, it claims.
The episode is among the book’s sensational new claims – including that Boris’ father Stanley Johnson broke his wife Charlotte Johnson Wahl’s nose in an altercation in the 1970s.
He has declined to comment on the allegations, but confidantes have claimed he “deeply regretted” the incident.
Charlotte is reported to be quoted as saying: “He broke my nose. He made me feel like I deserved it.”
She is also reported to have told the author: “I want the truth to be told.”
Last night, family friends confirmed the story to the Mail on Sunday but insisted that the incident had been a one-off when Charlotte had “flailed” at Stanley, who broke her nose when “flailing back”.
The book goes on to claim that Boris’ behaviour with women was in response to his father’s example.
He is said to have sought out the company of women over men, as a reflection of his own discomfort over Stanley’s actions during his marriage to his mother.
The book also claims to reveal the “truth” behind a fight between Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds’ Camberwell flat.
It says the noisy argument in which screams and shouts were recorded by neighbours was over a spilt glass of red wine.
Ms Symonds could reportedly be called accusing the leader of being “spoilt” in the fracas, around a month before he became PM.
Downing Street advisers have declined to comment on the book, while a spokesman for Number 10 offered no comment to the Mail on Sunday.
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