We’re used to seeing news of illicit affairs and cheating scandals in the celebrity tabloids, but thanks to medial mogul Rupert Murdoch, 82, and his now ex-wife, 44-year-old Wendi Deng, the world of politics and business have just gotten a little juicier.
Just days after Murdoch and Deng finalized their divorce settlement, a shocking report was released claiming that the real reason for ending their marriage was because Deng was caught having an affair with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 60. According to the report in the Daily Mail newspaper, Deng and Blair had “multiple encounters” behind Murdoch’s back, and they even reportedly spent weekends together on Murdoch property.
Blair and Murdoch used to be close friends—Blair is even Murdoch’s daughter’s godfather—but the recent affair rumors have reportedly put a serious rift between them, even though Blair and his camp have denied that he ever had an affair with Murdoch’s wife. “Rupert Murdoch is putting out ridiculous stories about Wendi and Tony which are not true,” a friend of Blair’s told the paper. “It is the ravings of a sad old man.”
Insiders said Blair has tried incessantly to get in touch with Murdoch, but he is refusing to speak to him. “Rupert Murdoch will have nothing more to do with Tony Blair. Not ever,” said someone from Murdoch’s camp, adding, “If you think that Rupert made a decision to end his marriage and a long-term friendship without just cause, you are sorely mistaken.”
It’s possible that there’s absolutely no truth to these affair allegations, but it wouldn’t be too far-fetched considering Deng’s past. When she was studying in the U.S., she lived with an American couple who took her in, and she reportedly had an affair with the husband, who was 30 years older than she was. His wife left him and he eventually married Deng, but their relationship ended after he suspected that she was having another affair—but their marriage did last long enough for her to get her green card.
What do you think: Do you believe in the concept of “once a cheater, always a cheater?”
Garvey, M., et al., “Rupert Murdoch ex-wife Wendi Deng had possible affair with Tony Blair: report,” New York Daily News web site, November 24, 2013; http://goo.gl/Pez5Vi.
“Rupert Murdoch in rift with Tony Blair over claims of ‘multiple’ encounters with ex-wife Wendi Deng,” Irish Independent web site, November 24, 2013; http://goo.gl/aKWMBf.
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