Boris Johnson insists he ‘changes a lot of nappies’ ahead of arrival of new baby

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Boris Johnson Insists He ‘Changes A Lot Of Nappies’ Ahead Of Arrival Of New Baby
Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie. Photo: PA
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By Geraldine Scott, PA Political Correspondent

British prime minister Boris Johnson has said “it’s a lot of work” raising children in Downing Street, as he prepares to welcome his second child with wife Carrie Johnson, and become a father for at least the seventh time.

Speaking to NBC during his trip to the United States, Mr Johnson was asked about being a father while running a country.

And he said: “It’s fantastic. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you that much, but I love it, I absolutely love it and I want you to know I change a lot of nappies.”

Mr Johnson was also asked if he currently had six children, after the birth of his youngest in April 2020, and he said: “Yes.”

There has been confusion about the number of children Mr Johnson has fathered.

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He has four children with ex-wife Marina Wheeler, but he also has a child, born in 2009, as a result of an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

At first he denied paternity and even sought an injunction in 2013 to prevent her existence being discovered during a court battle.

But the confusion sprang from the proceedings where it was alleged that Mr Johnson may have fathered two children as a result of the affair.

The judgment read: “What was material was that the father’s infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions.”

But Mr Johnson has repeatedly said he would not discuss his private life, and during the 2019 election campaign said he would not be discussing his children.

British prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie stand in Downing Street. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA

Last year, Mr and Mrs Johnson welcomed son Wilfred, and Mrs Johnson announced in July this year that she was pregnant again, with a poignant message about miscarriage.

The former Conservative Party communications director, who said the new baby would be arriving “this Christmas”, said she wanted to share the personal news about her miscarriage to “help others”.

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She added: “Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.

“I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.”

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