In a recent interview on the talk show ‘Domenica Live’ on his Canale 5 TV network, the former Italian prime minister revealed to the host that he was engaged to Francesca Pascale, his 27-year old girlfriend.
“Finally I feel less lonely. I am engaged to a Neapolitan, it’s official. She is 27-years-old, with very solid values, beautiful on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside,” he said.
“There is a 49 year age difference between us. She is a beautiful girl on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside, of solid moral principles, she is very close to me, she loves me and I feel the same way.”
However, the politician does not appear to have let his second marriage get in the way of his Sunday’s announcement.
He has five children from two marriages and he’s still in divorcing process with Veronica Lario, The Telegraph reminds.Recent media reports claimed that no agreement has been reached yet.
His first wife was Carla Elvira Dall’Oglio, who he was married to from 1965 to 1985. He married Ms Lario 12 years ago.
The rumors about his latest relationship have been circulating for months until the two were spotted together while watching Berlusconi’s football team, AC Milan.
The romance was later confirmed by one of Berlusconi most vocal supporters, Daniela Santanche, an MP in his People of Freedom (PDL) party.
A former shop assistant, Francesca Pascale occupied the post of a provincial councillor in Berlusconi’s centre-Right PDL party until she stepped down in July.
She was one of the founding members of a tycoon support group called “Silvio, we miss you”.
“Little by little she worked in my political organisation, then close to me,” he said. “She is a great friend of Marina’s.” Marina, 46, is the oldest daughter of the former Italian prime minister.
Berlusconi’s girlfriend has confessed that her life is devoted to three things – her family, politics, and him – and is said to be jealous of other women in his inner circle.
Berlusconi has recently announced that he intends to launch his fourth bid to be prime minister in the next year’s elections unless the current Prime Minister Mario Monti decides to run for office.
The billionaire didn’t miss a chance to lash out at the Milan trial where he is fighting charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old prostitute, Karima El-Mahroug, better known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer”. Berlusconi and she have denied the charges.
When asked about the so-called ‘bunga bunga’ parties, he replied: “It was a time when I felt very lonely. I had just got divorced, my sister had died. Then someone said: ‘Why don’t we organise some soirées?’ I was tricked.”
Describing the Ruby trial as an “incredible machination,” he went on, adding: “It was an excuse to put in place a giant operation for defamation against me and against the Italian government, including on an international level.
“Politicians get used to all kinds of slights after 20 years in politics. But there is one thing that cries out for vengeance before God and before man. I have been sentenced by a panel of judges in Milan!”