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A 'secret' wedding and a string of affairs: Inside Boris Johnson's complicated family life.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tied the knot to his fiancé Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony on Saturday.

The 56-year-old married Symonds, 33, in Westminster Cathedral alongside a small group of family and friends. 

The wedding was kept under wraps, with guests invited at the last minute and senior members of Johnson's office unaware of the wedding plans.

It comes after the couple welcomed their first child together, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in April last year. 

Watch: BBC announces the birth of Boris Johnson’s baby boy. Post continues below.


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Johnson and Symonds announced they were expecting a baby back in March last year on Instagram: "We've got a baby hatching early summer," Symonds wrote. 

Wilfred is Symonds' first child and is believed to be Johnson’s sixth. That said, he continuously refuses to confirm how many children he has.

Johnson had finalised his divorce from his second wife, barrister Marina Wheeler, in November 2020.

Here’s a look at the 56-year-old's very complicated family life.

Johnson’s marriage to Marina Wheeler and a string of affairs.

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Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler in 2009.
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The Prime Minister married Wheeler in 1993, just weeks after divorcing his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen.

Five weeks into their marriage, Wheeler gave birth to their first child Lara Lettice.

The couple would go on to have three more children: Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches and Theodore Apollo.

But seven years into their marriage, Wheeler became aware that Johnson was having an affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.

In November 2004, tabloids discovered that Wyatt had an abortion a month earlier confirmed by her mother. Johnson denied the affair, calling it "complete balderdash". It was later found to be true and his lies cost him his post as shadow culture minister at the time.

Then came news of another affair 18 months later.

The News of the World reported that Johnson was having another affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley. The paper had hacked her phone and hired a private investigator to follow her.

In 2009, Johnson fathered a daughter named Stephanie with arts consultant Helen MacIntyre.

Listen: The Mamamia Out Loud team discuss the fact that Boris Johnson won't reveal how many children he has. Post continues below.

In 2012, Britain's High Court ruled the media was justified in publishing stories about the child "because the mayor’s 'recklessness' in conducting extramarital affairs, which has resulted in two children being born, called into question his fitness for public office," The Times reported.

The court case claimed Johnson had fathered a sixth child, but there has never been any public information about this, so the exact number of his children remains unconfirmed.

In 2018, he was wrapped up in yet another affair - this time with Symonds.

Just weeks later, Johnson and Wheeler announced they had begun divorce proceedings after 25 years of marriage.

Johnson's relationship with Symonds.

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Johnson and Symonds announced their engagement back in February 2020.

The year before, the couple's relationship made headlines when police were called to an alleged altercation at Symonds' south London home, after Johnson and Symonds were believed to be fighting.

In a recording made by neighbour Tom Penn, Symonds is heard telling Johnson to "get off me" and "get out of my flat," The Guardian reported.

Johnson has repeatedly refused to speak about the incident.

The couple are now living in Downing Street together with their one-year-old son, Wilfred.

On May 29, 2021, they married in a low-key ceremony planned in strict secrecy.

The pair exchanged vows in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday in front of a small group of close friends and family.

Initially, Downing Street would not comment on reports of the wedding but, on Sunday morning, a spokesman said: "The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

"The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer."

They are said to have sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for the celebration on July 30, 2022.

It is understood Symonds will take her husband's surname and be known as Carrie Johnson.

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A picture issued by No 10 of the couple in Downing Street's garden after the wedding saw them gazing at each other with the bride wearing a long white dress and a floral headband and the prime minister a dark suit and blue tie, with a white flower in his buttonhole.

The ceremony meant Johnson became the first prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.

Weddings in England are currently subject to strict coronavirus restrictions with ceremonies permitted for up to 30 people in COVID-secure venues.

Wedding receptions are also allowed for up to 30 people in a COVID-secure venue or outdoors.

The wedding came at the end of a difficult week for the prime minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him unfit for office.

Cummings said Carrie Symonds had been desperate to oust him from his role as Johnson's right-hand man, and had sought to put her own friends in key positions.

Cummings also claimed that in February 2020, when the pandemic was becoming a major global crisis, Johnson was "distracted by finalising his divorce, his girlfriend wanted to announce being pregnant and an engagement, and his finances".

This article was originally published on April 29, 2020, and was updated on May 30, 2021.

-With AAP.

Feature Image: Getty/Mamamia. 

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