The Boston Globe opens this rumor succinctly: “No, it apparently isn’t an April Fool’s joke.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin is dating Wendi Deng, the ex-wife of billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Us Weekly, which isn’t famous for breaking news involving the heads of state, says Putin, 63, and Deng, 47, are “serious.”
Putin was married for 30 years to Lyudmila Putina, with whom he has two grown children. It’s not clear exactly when the couple separated, but the Kremlin confirmed their divorce in 2014.
Deng, meanwhile, was married to Murdoch from 1999-2013. They split amid reports that she was getting too cozy with former British prime minister Tony Blair. (A spokesperson for Blair later denied the affair.)
The 85-year-old Murdoch didn’t stay single long. After Deng, who was his third wife, the media mogul started dating — and has since married — Jerry Hall, the former model who was Mrs. Mick Jagger from 1990-99.
Got all that? Us Weekly says Deng and Putin have “yet to be spotted looking romantic.”
What’s the Russian word for “canoodle”?
(The Russian word for canoodle is ласкаться (laskatsya), meaning “to caress.” The More You Know™.)
This will more than likely be laughed off by most media agencies as nothing more than tabloid-like rumors and hoaxes. After all, the Boston Globe noted, Deng was rumored to be interested in Tony Blair as well.
If, by some odd twist of reality, this were true, what happened to Putin’s previous girlfriend, gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who was one of the six torch bearers during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? The next year, in early 2015, there were rumors that she was pregnant with Putin’s child, which the Kremlin immediately denied.