As his di­vorce pro­ceeds, Boris ‘is like a puppy dog’ with girl­friend

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

BORIS JOHN­SON has started di­vorce pro­ceed­ings and is in a ‘se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship’ with girl­friend Car­rie Sy­monds, ac­cord­ing to friends.

The for­mer Bri­tish for­eign sec­re­tary’s for­mal split from sec­ond wife Ma­rina be­gan four months ago.

Mr John­son, 54, has been dat­ing for­mer Tory spin doc­tor Ms Sy­monds, 30, since the sum­mer.

A friend of Mr John­son told the Mail on Sun­day: ‘Boris and Car­rie are in a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship.’ The friend added that de­spite the huge in­ter­est in their love life, the cou­ple were try­ing to stay tight-lipped. How­ever, it emerged last week that they en­joyed a ro­man­tic break over the New Year in a villa on the Pe­lion penin­sula in Greece. They were recog­nised by an ex­pat as they dined out in a tav­erna.

Mr John­son is said to be so in love that he be­haves ‘like a puppy dog around her’.

A friend said: ‘He wants to get en­gaged. He’s com­pletely in thrall to Car­rie. To­tally loved-up.’

It emerged in Septem­ber that Boris and his wife Ma­rina were plan­ning to di­vorce af­ter 25 years of mar­riage.

It came amid re­ports that fa­ther-of-four Mr John­son had be­gun a re­la­tion­ship with Ms Sy­monds, a for­mer Tory Party com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief who is now an ad­viser to fi­nan­cial firm Bloomberg.

It is un­der­stood that Ms Sy­monds has yet to meet Mr John­son’s chil­dren.

‘PER­FECT’: Car­rie Sy­monds. Top right: The cou­ple last year

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