Henry Bolton, the Ukip leader, last night revealed he had left his wife and the mother of two of his children for a model in her twenties.
The twice-married former army captain wrote to fellow party members, according to the Daily Mail, in which he came clean over the change in his relationship status.
Mr Bolton, 54, who took over the reigns of Ukip last September, confirmed he had started a relationship in recent weeks with model Jo Marney, a party member reportedly from Kent.
It follows an admission soon after becoming Ukip leader where the former policeman admitted the role had already put a strain on his relationship with his second wife, Russian-born Tatiana Smurova-Bolton, 42.
A series of photographs showing Mr Bolton and Ms Marney spending Christmas together have appeared on the 25-year-old’s social media profile, including one of them cuddled up in a bar on Boxing Day.
In his message to party members, father-of-three Mr Bolton stressed there was nothing “clandestine” about their blossoming romance.
He said: “In recent weeks, I’ve had a change in my relationship status.
“If you follow me on social media – and hopefully you all do – you will have already seen that recently I have spent time with somebody who has become increasingly important to me. This isn’t something that I’ve hidden.”
He went on to say members ought to be “confident that it in no way distracts me or our party from the vital mission we have ahead of us”, adding: “Whilst I fully accept that as a national political figure I can expect to be the subject of media attention, I also believe we’re all entitled to a certain degree of privacy. As such, I’ll be making no further comment on the matter.”
Miss Marney, who describes herself as a model, actor and journalist, has posted several photos on her social media of the couple together.
One, posted on December 16 on her Instagram, remarked how she had enjoyed a “fantastic Xmas dinner with our leader”.
Then a week ago on Boxing Day, another photo shared on the social media outlet shows them with their arms around each other in a bar.
The Sun visited Ms Marney’s family home where they reportedly found Mr Bolton, wearing slippers, at the door. After being asked if they were in a relationship, he told a reporter at the paper: “The answer is yes, I’m here just visiting for the moment.
“My wife is fully aware of what’s been going on and has been abroad since July.”
Last night, a friend told The Sun: “It certainly took us all by surprise, but Jo is one of the Ukip family now.
“She’s lovely and clever and wants to help and support Henry.”
It comes less than two years after Mr Bolton’s second wife, Mrs Smurova-Bolton, gave birth to their daughter, Victoria, on a train at London’s St Pancras station.
His eldest child, with his Danish first wife, is 32.
Mr Bolton also last night pledged to “ramp up” the party’s profile in a message to Ukip members, as the party has struggled to remain relevant following the Brexit vote and the departure of Nigel Farage as leader.
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