MARINA Wheeler QC is the estranged wife of Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson.
A lawyer and mum-of-four, she married childhood friend Boris in 1993 – but the pair are in the process of divorcing after she accused Boris of cheating on her.
Who is Marina Wheeler?
Marina Wheeler was born in Berlin, Germany, and is of half English and half Indian descent.
She is the daughter of journalist and broadcaster Sir Charles Wheeler.
Marina was educated at the European School of Brussels, where she met her future husband Boris Johnson.
In the 1980s Marina then attended Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University where she wrote for the student magazine.
Her sister, Shirin Wheeler, is a spokeswoman for the EU.
What is Marina’s job?
After studying at Cambridge, Marina returned to Brussels and worked there for four years.
In 1987 she was called to the Bar and returned to London.
In her work as a barrister, Marina specialises in public law and human rights.
In February 2016, she “took silk” as a QC.
When did Marina marry Boris Johnson?
Marina married Boris Johnson in 1993 after they met again while he was working as a reporter for The Daily Telegraph.
The couple went on to have four children together, Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo.
Marina is Boris’ second wife.
His first marriage was to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, the daughter of the art historian William Mostyn-Owen and the Italian writer Gaia Servadio.
The marriage was dissolved in 1993, six years after they wed.
When did Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler split up?
On September 7, 2018, it was confirmed that the pair will divorce after 25 years of marriage.
The couple are living apart and Boris’ daughter Lara, a 25-year-old fashion journalist, has said Marina will “never take him back”.
In a joint statement, the pair said they separated “some time ago” and are now in the process of divorcing.
It also said that “as friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead”.
Boris is now dating Carrie Symonds, 31, and on July 22 it was reported they took out a joint mortgage together on a £1.3million home in South London.
After winning the keys to Downing Street, Boris could have Carrie move in to No10 with him as revealed by The Sun.
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BoJo’s former mistress Petronella Wyatt has claimed he is a “loner” who once moaned that “men should not be confined to one woman”.
She has previously written about how the larger-than-life ladies’ man is “inordinately proud of his Turkish ancestry” and claimed his “views on matters such as monogamy are decidedly Eastern”.
Petronella added that Boris will do “anything to avoid an argument” which often results in him lying to his loved ones.
Despite his alleged success with women, she claims Boris is not vain and “regards himself as rather ugly” relying on his charm to seduce the opposite sex.