Rupert Murdoch admitted in a recent interview with Fortune magazine that it was Wendi Deng’s alleged affair with former British PM Tony Blair that prompted the couple’s divorce last year, while also confirming the existence of Deng’s notorious ‘steamy, lovelorn missive’, a confession of sorts penned by Murdoch’s ex-wife describing her attraction to Blair and his “good butt”.
Murdoch, the 83-year-old CEO of News Corp, said he was “shocked” by the diary entry which was shown to him after he filed for divorce from Deng, 30 years his junior, following a 14-year marriage.
Excerpts of the note written by Deng expressing her attraction to Tony Blair in broken English were published in a Vanity Fair profile back in February:
“Whatever why I’m so so missing Tony. Because he is so so charming and his clothes are so good. He has such good body and he has really really good legs Butt . . . And he is slim tall and good skin. Pierce blue eyes which I love. Love his eyes. Also I love his power on the stage . . . and what else and what else and what else . . . ”
“I regret the whole Vanity Fair thing,” Murdoch said to Fortune. “I wish we just could have got divorced quietly.”
He added that the marriage took a turn for the worse after the magazine alleged that Deng and Blair had a little rendezvous at Murdoch’s ranch in California.
“I don’t really want to go into this. But then I was told two pretty circumstantial things about the ranch,” he said.
“I was in Australia. When I got back, I naturally asked the staff, and it opened up. That’s the story. And then, you know, a week later I filed [for divorce]. As soon as I could find a lawyer.”
Vanity Fair’s February profile also drew on witness accounts in the household claiming that Murdoch was subjected to elder abuse at the hands of Deng while they were together, which he did not elaborate upon. Poor (insanely rich) Rupert.