The tangled personal life of Boris Johnson

Conservative party leadership candidate Boris Johnson during the first party hustings at the ICC in Birmingham.

He's the frontrunner to become the next Conservative Party leader, and Prime Minister but Boris Johnson has led a complicated life.

Born in New York and educated at Eton and the European School of Brussels, he has served as Mayor of London and an MP and become one of the most colourful characters in British politics - and not always for the right reasons.

His dishonesty has cost him jobs. From being sacked for lying to former Tory leader Michael Howard over an affair, he was also sacked by The Times newspaper over allegations he fabricated a quote.

After leaving the Times, Mr Johnson was employed by The Daily Telegraph, working as Brussels correspondent where many of his articles used 'Euromyths', which is believed to have helped fuel the anti-EU sentiment in the party.

He was recorded offering to disclose details of a journalist who wrote a story exposing an associate - he has often fallen foul of society's moral compass.

But just how tangled is his private life?

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks to London Mayor Boris Johnson during the Beijing Olympics Team GB reception at Buckingham Palace in London.
Boris Johnson watches the election results with his wife Marina (L), at the count in Watlington, Oxfordshire, after winning the Henley seat for the Conservatives in the 2001 General Election. The seat was Michael Heseltine's, who has stepped down at this election.
Spectator editor and Conservative MP Boris Johnson (left) chats to former Tory Chancellor Lord (Norman) Lamont at a party to mark the Spectator's 175th anniversary, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London. Among those also in attendance at the party were Home Secretary David Blunkett, broadcasters David Dimbleby and Andrew Neil, and TV chef Nigella Lawson.
Boris Johnson, Conservative MP and editor of The Spectator magazine, at a party to mark The Spectator's 175th anniversary, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London. Among those also in attendance at the party were Home Secretary David Blunkett, broadcasters David Dimbleby and Andrew Neil, and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble. 16/10/2004 The Spectator editor Johnson, has been ordered by Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool to apologise for an article in his magazine accusing its people of 'wallowing' in their 'victim status'. Mr Johnson, who is also the Conservative shadow minister for the arts, said he would be travelling to the city next week in a 'spirit of complete humility' to apologise in person for the offence caused.
Shadow Arts Minister Boris Johnson campaigns for donations from delegates at the Conservative Party Annual Conference in Bournemouth. 15/10/2004: Tory MP Boris Johnson who edits The Spectator magazine where a leading article has accused Liverpudlians of wallowing in what they regard as their "victim status" over the murder of Ken Bigley and the Hillsborough football disaster in 1989.
Conservative Party MP Boris Johnson sits through a series of speeches during the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth.
Boris Johnson MP (centre) and editor of the Spectator at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts during a visit to the city to apologise for remarks made in his magazine about beheaded hostage Ken Bigley and the Hillsborough tragedy. But council leaders called on the people of Liverpool to ignore the "Boris Johnson show". The Tory MP for Henley created a storm of protest after the publication of a leader written in the Spectator, which suggested Liverpudlians were "hooked on grief".
Boris Johnson MP and editor of the Spectator magazine arrives at Claridges Hotel in London, where he is hosting the 'Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year' Awards. 13/11/2004 Boris Johnson who was Saturday November 13 2004, sacked from the Conservative frontbench amid fresh allegations about his private life, a spokesman for Tory leader Michael Howard said.
Boris Johnson arrives at his house in north London, after going for an early morning jog. The former Shadow Arts Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, was relieved of his position by party leader Michael Howard, after revelations about his private life were published in a tabloid newspaper.
Boris Johnson, MP for Henley and Conservative spokesman on Higher Education, opens a footpath at the Environments Agency in Wallingford, Oxon, Friday April 7 2006. He later started a race between a car, a cyclist, runners and walkers to promote green travel. Watch for PA story.
England's Boris Johnson and Germany's Maurizio Gaudino shake hands at the end of the game
England's Boris Johnson (L) tackles Germany's Maurizio Gaudino during the Legends match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.
Shadow education spokesman Boris Johnson MP, attends the final day of the Conservative Party's Annual Conference in Bournemouth.
Boris Johnson MP addresses a group of sixth form students from schools across London after being handed a petition against plans to scrap the last remaining ancient history A-level outside the House of Commons, London.
Boris Johnson (left) joins the Save our Services campaign against health cuts at St, Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, Kent.
Candidates for Mayor of London, Labour's Ken Livingston (left), Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick (centre) and Boris Johnson of the Conservative party, appear together on television debate.
Conservative candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson launches the final phase of his mayoral campaign at Bounces Road Community Hall, North London today.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron congratulates Boris Johnson on becoming London Mayor at Tory HQ in central London.
Newly elected London Mayor Boris Johnson wears a policeman's hat in Trafalgar Square, central London during the Sikh New Year Festival celebrations of Vaisakhi.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson waves the Olympic Flag during the handover ceremony as President of IOC Jacques Rogge (centre) and Mayor of Beijing Guo Jinlong look on at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China.
Retired Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen (right) and current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton (left) join Mayor of London Boris Johnson in backing an anti-drink-drive campaign at Potters Fields Park in London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (2nd Left) celebrates St Georges Day in Leadenhall Market in the City of London today where he saw a festival of English food and drink.
Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron (2nd right) with Mayor of London Boris Johnson (2nd left) as they celebrate St George's day in Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
Boris Johnson and TV star Kelly Brook launch the Mayor of London's Skyride, Peter's Hill steps, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson with a sculpture of a blue cockerel as he unveils the next two commissions for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, which includes the cockeral (pictured) by Katharina Fritsch and a boy on a rocking horse named Powerless Structures by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.
Boris Johnson pictured with members of the Genesis Mas band, who will be performing at the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, at Potters Fields in central London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) with Prime Minister David Cameron during the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron in Trafalgar Square, central London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson boards one of the first trains of the new London Overground extension connecting Clapham Junction with Canada Water. ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 10 2012. The new service will be London's first new orbital Journey times from south and east London. See PA story RAIL Link. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Actor Brian Blessed (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson sell poppies in Liverpool Street Station in central London with they collected money from commuters including nine year old Arthur Crowley (centre) from Salisbury.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) swings from a bus as Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers (left), Northern First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell (second right) look on during a visit to Wrightbus Chassis plant in Antrim.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (left) and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during a press conference following their meeting in Moscow.
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He's not always been faithful...

Aside from being sacked for lying over an affair when he was reported to be having an affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt. The relationship resulted in two terminated pregnancies, and Johnson's sacking from his role

At first he called the claims "piffle" but once proven he was asked to resign by then Tory leader Michael Howard, when he was refused he was sacked.

His second marriage, to lawyer Marina Wheeler, broke down when it emerged he was having an affair with former Tory head of press Carrie Symonds, to whom he is now engaged.

What about the family?

Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson arrives at BBC Broadcasting House in London for a Live TV debate with Tory leadership hopefuls.

He's been married twice, and is currently divorcing his second wife.

Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987 but they divorced six years later and had no children.

Very shortly afterwards he married high-flying barrister Marina Wheeler - who was already pregnant with their first child Lara Lettice, now 26.

The couple went on to have three more kids - Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20.

He also fathered a daughter following a short-lived fling with Helen Macintyre, the wife of a property developer, in 2009.

Stanley Johnson introduces himself to Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.

Stephanie - said to be the spitting image of Boris - was born later that year.

Ms Macintyre sued a newspaper which reported on Boris' love child, but lost as judges ruled the public had a right to know about the issue.

But they split last year after Ms Wheeler finally got fed up with her husband's cheating when details emerged of his affair with Ms Symonds.

And the children?

It can't be easy having your father's misadventures so widely reported.

Following his affair with Ms Symonds his daughter Lara was heard calling her father a "selfish b******" and adding: "Mum is finished with him. She will never take him back now."

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to employees during a visit to Reid Steel, Christchurch, Dorset, ahead of the June 23 referendum.

Still, he's settled down now?

At the weekend newspapers reported how one of Johnson's neighbours called police after hearing a disturbance at the home he shares with Ms Symonds.

Police were called and a woman was heard screaming "Get off me".

He later refused to answer questions about the incident and on Monday a photograph of him and Ms Symonds apparently enjoying a tender moment featured on the front of the London Evening Standard.

Has he tried drugs?

He's admitted previously using both cannabis and cocaine.

What about his friendships?

Boris fell out of favour with David Cameron after backing Vote Leave during the referendum, and peddled inaccurate information about the NHS.

In 2016 Michael Gove was to be his campaign manager in his Tory leadership bid, but he famously shafted Boris by entering the race himself and dropping Johnson's campaign.

And Chris Patten, former governor of Hong Kong, said Johnson was "one of the greatest exponents of fake journalism" following spells at the Telegraph and the Times in the 1990, where he fabricated a number of stories about EU policy.

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