Johnson’s 25-year marriage has been going through a rough patch: first in 2004 due to a four-year affair and then in 2010, over the suspicion of a love child from another woman. Both times his wife Marina took Boris back. This family conflict may be an exception, as his daughter Lara told The Sun that her mother “will never take him back now.”
The couple reportedly parted the same time Boris resigned as foreign secretary. Uncredited sources said at the time that as a Cabinet member Johnson had started to give his police protection officers the slip for illicit liaisons.
This breakup could be damaging not only for Johnson’s personal life but for his political future too, as Marina was one of his closest political advisers. Johnson had credited her with being the key influence in his decision to eventually back the Brexit campaign during preparations for the 2016 EU referendum.
A regular poll on the ConservativeHome website shows that Johnson has the backing of 35% of the party's members to succeed Theresa May as the party head. Johnson’s earlier family scandals, however, didn’t prevent him from getting elected London mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.