Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler are living apart after she accused him of cheating on her once again, it was claimed last night.
The former Foreign Secretary has reportedly split from his lawyer wife, both 54, and they are no longer seen in public as a couple.
His daughter Lara, a fashion journalist, is claimed to have said that Mr Johnson’s wife was ‘finished with him’ and would ‘never take him back now’ after his latest fling.
The 25-year-old told friends at a party that Mr Johnson was a ‘selfish b******’,The Sun reported. Sources close to Mr Johnson refused to comment on the story.
Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler (pictured together on polling day in the 2016 mayoral campaign) are living apart after she accused him of cheating, it was claimed last night
It is not the first time the Johnsons’ 25-year marriage to Miss Wheeler – who does not use Mr Johnson’s surname – has been unsettled by his flings with other women.
In 2009, father-of-four Mr Johnson fathered a daughter after an affair with arts consultant Helen Macintyre.
Five years earlier he was fired as a Tory frontbencher by then-leader Michael Howard after lying over an affair with writer and socialite Petronella Wyatt that resulted in her having an abortion.
Mr Johnson had previously described reports of an affair as an ‘inverted pyramid of piffle’. Nicknamed ‘Petsy’, the pair met while he was editor of the Spectator and she was a columnist.
It was also claimed in 2006 that he had been in a relationship with journalist Anna Fazackerley, which he did not deny.
In a 2016 article, Miss Wyatt said: ‘He is inordinately proud of his Turkish ancestry and is views on matters such as monogamy are decidedly Eastern.
Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson with his wife Marina and his daughter Lara Johnson as she voted for the first time in 2012 when he won a second term
‘I find it genuinely unreasonable that men should be confined to one woman,’ he has grumbled to me, and cannot understand the media’s reaction to his personal affairs.’
Ms Wheeler, mother of Boris’s other three children Milo Arthur, 23, Cassia Peaches, 21, and Theodore Apollo, 19, took him back after his previous affairs.
She is a senior human rights lawyer and qualified as a QC in 2016.
The Johnsons are understood to have parted around the time they left the grace and favour mansion at Carlton Gardens last month following Boris’s resignation as Foreign Secretary.
One of the politician’s closest friends said: ‘They were fine last Christmas but there’s been strain since then.
‘I don’t think being in the Foreign Office helped – all that travel. Marina wasn’t at their daughter Cassia’s birthday party this week. In fact, she has not been evident for a while.
‘She’s been writing a book and that probably hasn’t helped either because she is no longer doing as many cases as a barrister.
‘And yet I know they will always be incredibly close. I wouldn’t say their marriage is over until there’s a divorce. He doesn’t do anything politically without consulting her. She’s highly intelligent and very pro-Brexit.’
Another friend said: ‘He hates the children knowing this stuff but there’s no getting around the fact that his living arrangements have changed. It’s all very painful to watch.’
He took his four children to his father Stanley’s holiday villa on Greece’s Pelion peninsula last week without Marina.
Mr Johnson has previously had affairs with Helen Macintyre (left) and Petronella Wyatt (right)
The former Foreign Secretary, who, has reportedly split from his lawyer wife, resigned in July in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans. He is pictured in Westminster on Thursday
Mr Johnson was previously married to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, whom he met at university, between 1987 and 1993. He married childhood friend Ms Wheeler in 1993.
In 2013 the Appeal Court ruled that the public had a right to know about Mr Johnson’s philandering past.
It rejected claims by Helen Macintyre, with whom the ex-Mayor of London had an affair, that the birth of their daughter Stephanie had to remain secret.
Speculation over the paternity of Stephanie, who has a wild mop of flaxen hair and instantly recognisable features, surfaced the summer after her birth in November 2009.
A High Court judge said the press was justified in publishing stories about the illegitimate child because of the politician’s ‘recklessness’ in conducting extramarital affairs.
Mr Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in July in protest at the Brexit proposals which had emerged from the Cabinet meeting at Chequers.
Boris Johnson with Marina Wheeler after casting his vote in the EU referendum in June 2016
The former London mayor has been pushed by some furious Tory MPs to challenge Mrs May to dump her Chequers plan for a softer Brexit.
He savaged the plan in his newspaper column on Monday, claiming it would see Britain handing over £40billion in divorce payments for ‘two-thirds of diddly squat.’
Downing Street hit back at the claims, saying that despite his criticism he had ‘no new ideas.’
Before the marriage split news emerged last night, Mr Johnson extended his lead as Tory members’ preferred next party leader.
A regular poll on the ConservativeHome website revealed he now has the backing of 35 per cent of members and holds a 20-point lead over Home Secretary Sajid Javid in second place.
Before he resigned in July, he was languishing way behind Mr Javid in fourth place. Boris was seen emerging from lunch in Westminster yesterday with Tory Chief Whip Julian Smith.