Tony Blair has denied rumors that link him with an affair that caused the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng. The allegations after there were unfound suggestions that tied the former PM with Deng, a close friend.
The allegations continued on Twitter by BBC business editor Robert Peston — who has close links with News Corporation insiders — that he had been undisclosed reasons for the Murdoch divorce.
The rumors are understood to have been emphatically rejected by Blair aides as untrue and also as highly defamatory.
“If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no,” a spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. The spokesman said the former PM would not be making a public comment on the divorce himself.
With no explanation forthcoming from the Murdoch camp, rumors started flying within hours of the news on Thursday that the 82-year-old media tycoon had filed for divorce in a New York court.
It is no secret that Deng and Blair are close friends. He is godfather to Grace, her oldest child.
Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff described him as “one of Wendi’s first official social conquests” and suggested that Blair had seen her as a key link in his efforts to woo her politically powerful husband.