Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are getting ready to be public, as we reveal that they share passion for ambition
For passersby they must have looked like any other amorous couple that, in the grip of an intoxicating new romance, simply could not love each other.
Although he was wrapped up against the cold of winter – he with a cap pulled over his instantly recognizable lock of hair – she was completely smiling while playfully squeezing his buttocks in a very frank display of affection in a street in London.
Her face, framed by a swishing blond ponytail, was an image of youthful joie de vivre. He, meanwhile, could be forgiven for looking like the cat that got the cream.
Five months after the close friendship & # 39; from 54-year-old Brexiteer Boris Johnson with former editor-in-chief Carrie Symonds, a political storm arose and allowed him to admit that his marriage ended. It seems that discretion can no longer compete with passion.
Although he is not yet separated from his second wife of 25 years, Marina, the scene described above – as seen in blurry photo's of the late evening published in a tabloid on Sunday – has the strongest indication to date that Boris and Carrie are preparing to become public with their relationship.
Gregorious, intelligent, ambitious, strong and attractive, Carrie quickly made a name and earned professional and more personal admirers. Pictured: Carrie outside her apartment in London on Thursday
Carrie Symonds, pictured with Guido Fawkes editor Paul Staines, was photographed while squeezing the bottom of Boris Johnson
The pair was paired five months ago, leading to a political storm that ended Boris's 25th wedding anniversary with Marina Wheeler. On the photo: the couple at the black and white ball in London
According to reports, he moved to a flat with a £ 1 million love nest with Carrie, 30, where the couple organized a pre-New Year's party for close friends, who witnessed "kissing and cuddling everywhere."
Indeed, Boris is so bored with Carrie – who is 24 years younger, and only four years older than his daughter Lara Lettice, who gives her father a selfish b ***** d & # 39; after her mother accused him of cheating – sources say he plans to make her the third Mrs. Johnson.
& # 39; They are very loved & # 39 ;, told a source to the Mail. It is completely sincere in both parts, and I would not be surprised if they would finally marry once his divorce is settled. & # 39;
He might also notice some Westminster observers in person, because if Boris ever succeeded in a leadership attempt to replace Theresa May, how else would Carrie Symonds fit into number 10 in his future life?
Last September, Boris and his wife Marina, a lawyer and mother of his four adult children, issued a joint statement, in the aftermath of the furore over the friendship, in which they confirmed that they had been separated a few months earlier and were divorcing.
Carrie stopped her post as director of communications at the headquarters of the Conservative Campaign after eight years and went to the ground before taking on a role with media giant Bloomberg, who led her ecological initiative, Vibrant Oceans.
Instead of letting the friendship cool down, their feelings seem to have deepened over the past five months, apparently in something very serious during a New Year's holiday in the Greek villa of father Stanley of Boris, where Boris was spending his holidays with his children last summer.
It lies, with spectacular sea views, amidst olive groves on the Aegean peninsula of Pilion. The loving couple was seen in the area and enjoyed a romantic meal in a tavern.
Intriguingly, Boris stopped Twitter updates during their romantic getaway – although business Carrie, known in Westminster for her network skills, continued to send regular updates on her environmental campaigns.
One source claimed that Carrie Boris, pictured last month on the Andrew Marr Show, had put on a diet after seeing how much he had recently lost
An insider said: "He is lucky to have Carrie. They would not have experienced all this if they were not serious. & # 39; On the photo: the duo in London for the Oxford and Cambridge University boat race in 2012
The holiday marked a new development for the couple, who have taken the trouble not to be seen or photographed together since the Johnsons announced that their wedding was over last year.
Last month, Boris reported that he would attend the annual dinner of Zac Goldsmith for the Richmond Park Conservatives with Carrie as his guest – their first public outing – but it is said that she had withdrawn due to fear of media attention. They can, as friends say, be in love. But Johnson's ambition to become unhappy PM is both strong political operators and acutely aware of the implications of how they deal with their relationship and their public perception.
Well, have these fears, in view of their public expression of affection, withdrawn? I think Carrie loves him, as straightforward as that, & # 39; told a friend about the Mail.
But that is the perception of the behind-the-scenes influence of Carrie on Boris – an arch critic of the Brexit deal from Theresa May and presumably that he maneuvered himself for a leadership offer – she would have already put on the nickname FLOTUS, as in & # 39; First Lady of the United States & # 39 ;, the acronym used by the staff of the White House for the wife of the president.
& # 39; Carrie works him in shape. FLOTUS is a reference to her level of importance in his life and his ambitions for the leadership of the Conservative Party, & # 39; told a well-placed informer to the Mail. & # 39; They are quite similar people. She is incredibly political, ambitious as he is, and I am sure she will advise him professionally about the leadership and what she will do next.
& # 39; They are a real power couple. It is clear that they do not want to show off their relationship with the not yet decided divorce, but it is what it is, and they have to find a way to navigate it.
It was all pretty serious from the beginning, not a sort of dalliance, and Carrie talked openly to friends about being together with Boris. & # 39;
Despite messages that the couple split shortly before Christmas – their relationship drowned under the critical gaze of the spotlight – the Mail can reveal that the friendship on the contrary has remained red-hot.
When Carrie attended the price of the Parliamentarian of the Year event at the Rosewood Hotel in London in November, Boris noticed his absence.
But a guest told the Mail: "Carrie looked very radiant. She talked openly about Boris and made no secret of the fact that they were very close together. She looked absolutely like a loving woman. & # 39;
Similarly, it has been reported that he has been described by some in the neighborhood as a & # 39; puppy & # 39; around her. Observers have noticed some positive changes in their lifestyle that they suspect are the result of Carrie's influence.
"He talked about how much he has recently lost, and I think Carrie has put him on her diet.
"She certainly advises him and I think that's one of the reasons she left her job because she felt more loyal to him than the party," says an observer. Last month, the former foreign minister announced that he had lost 12 lb in two weeks on the advice of a French doctor.
In The Spectator he wrote that he had renounced alcohol and "late in the evening binges of chorizo and cheese" promised to get into shape for the Brexit (and a possible leadership contest).
The couple took a new year's holiday in his father's villa in Greece, where he spent his holidays with his children last summer
It seems indeed unlikely that without a younger girlfriend to keep pace, let alone the rapid pace of Brexit politics, the Boris of yore would have been willing, as he wrote in the viewer, to have breakfast like a Georgian hermit. on porridge with a luxurious sprinkling of nuts, or 'guzzle water & # 39; on shorts.
They met in 2012 when Carrie was one of four civil servants seconded from Tory HQ to work on his campaign to re-election of the Mayor of London.
The daughter of Matthew Symonds, a founder of the Independent newspaper, and Josephine Mcaffee, one of the newspaper's lawyers, grew up in East Sheen in south-west London and attended the private £ 15,000-a-year Godolphin & Latymer School .
After obtaining a first-class honors degree in theater and art history from Warwick University, she joined the conservative headquarters in 2009 as press officer.
Gregorious, intelligent, ambitious, strong and attractive, Carrie quickly made a name and earned professional and more personal admirers.
When Boris was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2016, Miss Symonds had to be a logical choice to work with him on the Stemverlof campaign.
"Carrie is very fun", says an observer. Like many political operators, she is very intelligent, very charismatic, lively and flirtatious. . . she likes gossiping. & # 39;
She knows how the world works and she is ambitious for herself, but I do not think she fell in love with Boris because she sees it as a route to the top.
"Boris is incredibly charismatic, he is a great companion and possibly a very powerful man. He is influential in Westminster, he is a man of ideas and they are very suitable. & # 39;
A former colleague from Westminster, however, offered a less flattering assessment of Miss Symonds' blond ambition. Carrie wants to reach the top & # 39 ;, was his opinion. & # 39; She is not interested in the slow lane; she wants to be there yesterday. She is a force of nature. & # 39;
Rumors of a close friendship between them began when the couple saw last year at Valentine's oldest restaurant Regels in Covent Garden, accompanied by bodyguards sitting at a discrete distance at a nearby table.
In March, Boris once again socialized with his adviser as a guest at a house party to celebrate Carrie's 30th birthday. Reportedly, he burned the dance floor flamboyantly to the sound of ABBA's biggest hits, trying to impress her.
When photos of people coming outside the Black and White Ball of the Tories at the Natural History Museum appeared early last year, many noticed that they seemed to share an unmistakable chemistry at a single glance.
Once again, at a private meeting for Brexiteers last fall, they reportedly arrived and left together and spent the whole evening talking.
They must have discussed a lot, whether it was their future together or its political ambitions that formed the subject of discussion.
Six months before their close friendship came to light, Westminster insiders allegedly claimed Boris and fellow Brexiteer that Michael Gove came in to save Carrie's job as the PR leadership of the party after other ministers had addressed her.
& # 39; Like Boris, Carrie is passionate about Brexit & # 39 ;, says a well-placed observer. "Boris is campaigning against May's Brexit deal, which he thinks is a nightmare – I think he said it's worse than staying indoors.
& # 39; If May goes, there will be an all-powerful battle fight for the leadership. If Brexit has not happened at that moment, many Tory members will look for someone to give them guidance on Brexit, and he wants to be one of the candidates. & # 39;
Another addition: Carrie really wants Boris to be the leader. & # 39;
Whether or not he gets the best job, friends believe that – in contrast to Boris' earlier highly published dallies – the couple is really in love and he & # 39; it does not want to mess up & # 39 ;.
Famous, the twice-married former London mayor and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was fired from a shadow-ministerial role in 2004 by the then conservative leader Michael Howard because he reportedly suffered an affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt – something he denied, and described It's like a & # 39; reverse pyramid of piffle & # 39 ;.
His marriage to the lankpe Marina was overshadowed by alleged unfaithfulness, while his first marriage to Oxford University, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, was lifted in 1993 after six years when he met him and fell in love with Marina.
In 2009 Boris would have conceived a child with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
Could this relationship give a more favorable start?
An insider reportedly said this weekend: "He is lucky to have Carrie. They would not have experienced all this if it was not serious. It is not seedy – these are two people who are in love and want to be together. & # 39;