The UK’s new Prime Minister is full of surprising facts.
Boris Johnson may have only been the Prime Minister of the UK for two days, but he’s already stirring the pot with his unconventional lifestyle.
Dubbed Britain’s very own Donald Trump, Johnson has thrown the nation into the global spotlight, often for his controversial actions and opinions.
Here are 5 surprising things you may not know about the newly appointed Prime Minister, who replaced Theresa May on 24 July 2019.
Johnson’s girlfriend is much younger
The British PM dated his staffer
Boris isn’t his real name
He has two ex-wives
Johnson has a large family
Johnson was sacked as a journalist
While it is unknown whether Carrie Symonds will take on official ‘First Girlfriend’ duties or even move into number 10 Downing Street with her beau, we do know Symonds is roughly 24 years his junior.
Symonds used to work for Johnson before entering a romantic relationship with him. The young woman was the Director of Communications at the Conservative party until August 2018, but reportedly resigned once the relationship was leaked to media.
Boris means business. With the sun beating down, and his girlfriend #CarrieSymonds looking lustrous and shyly proud among a group of supporters, he had no time for playful metaphor. It was straight down to what every person in the land is talking about in the pub…#BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/vk9i2Pyz77
— Dana Schmidt (@IsraeligirlDana) July 24, 2019
Although he’s known as Boris Johnson, the 55-year-old was born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson in New York, US.
The US national has been divorced twice; once to Allegra Mostyn-Owen (they were married between 1987 and 1993) and to his childhood friend Marina Wheeler (their marriage lasted from 1993 to 2018).
The UK’s newest Prime Minister has five children (four to his former wife and one to a mistress) and is the eldest of four.
In late 1987, Johnson began working as a graduate trainee at The Times . However, he was fired after the editor discovered he fabricated a quote. Johnson also worked at The Daily Telegraph where his colleagues were sceptical of his stories as they believed many were ‘fake journalism’.
His journalism career spanned two decades and included work as a political columnist, car columnist for GQ and television guest appearances on shows including Top Gear and Question Time.