BARNABY: I MIGHT NOT BE THE DAD
DISGRACED former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce says he is unsure if he is the father of the baby being carried by his partner Vikki Campion because he was travelling in Europe at the time of the child’s apparent conception.
The bizarre claim by Mr Joyce — who resigned his leadership of the National Party after the pregnancy of his lover and former staffer was revealed — comes after a month in which he lashed out at the media and rival politicians for taking an interest in his “private family matter”.
In an interview with Fairfax Media published today, during which Ms Campion was at times present, Mr Joyce said the child’s paternity was “a bit of a grey area”. He did not suggest who else the father might be, but added he had no intention of getting a paternity test.
It is believed the child is due in April.
The latest claim comes after Mr Joyce said this week: “It’s mine. On the record, there it is. And can I say, even if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t care, I’d still go through this, I’d still love him.”
But he attacked The Daily Telegraph for publishing a page-one picture of Ms Campion under the heading “Bundle of Joyce”.
He said: “How could they know? They never even asked if it was ‘Joyce’s bundle’.”
But before those photographs were published, The Daily Telegraph directly asked Mr Joyce’s chief of staff if Mr Joyce was the father. He did not reply. The Sunday Telegraph repeatedly approached Mr Joyce, Ms Campion and the Prime Minister’s office over recent months requesting interviews about the pregnancy and were refused.
Mr Joyce has not previously denied paternity.
Mr Joyce’s furious wife Natalie appears in no doubt, saying in February: “I’m deeply saddened that my husband is now having a child with a former staff member.”
Joyce and Campion.