Image of Mdloni, her partner and young daughter from happier times. the Italian PM announced her separation from the father of her daughter today

Meloni splits from partner of 10 years


Premier Giorgia Meloni splits from her partner, who is also the father of her daughter. The PM made the anonouncement today.  Giambruno had been secretly recorded making sleazy comments on threesomes and foursomes to a female colleague and seemingly admitting to an affair.

Meloni, 46, and TV presenter Andrea Giambruno, 42, have been together almost 10 years and have a seven-year-old daughter, Ginevra.

In off-air recordings, broadcast by a satirical TV show Thursday night, Giambruno is heard telling a woman that “you have to f**k to get into our working group” and referring to “threesomes and foursomes”.

He is also heard apparently admitting to an affair with another female colleague.

Meloni splits from partner announcement

In her announcement, Meloni said: “My relationship with Andrea Giambruno, which lasted almost ten years, ends here”.

“I thank him for the wonderful years we spent together, for the difficulties we went through, and for giving me the most important thing in my life, which is our daughter Ginevra.

“Our paths have long since parted, and the time has come to take note of this,’ added Meloni. She also warned, “All those who hoped to weaken me by hitting me at home should know that however much the drop may hope to dig into the stone, the stone remains stone and the drop is only water,” referring to a common expression about resilience.

Facebook message from Giorgia Meloni about her separation
Meloni’s Facebook announcement of her separation

Messages of solidarity with the right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader came in from across the political spectrum. However, some leftwing parties said it was time for the right to stop harping on about the virtues of the traditional Christian nuclear family.

Giambruno, a host on a Berlusconi channel, was also criticised when he recently said that young women shouldn’t get drunk if they didn’t want to be raped. Further insensitive comments included describing migrant flows as “transhumance”, and when he appeared to deny the human role in climate change.

Italian media have identified the woman to whom Giambruno reportedly directed his sleazy remarks as Viviana Guglielmi, 26, a former local sports reporter in Liguria who joined the Berlusconi Mediaset empire several years ago.  According to the media accounts, she didn’t deign to reply and did not look at him.

Giambruno’s off-air remarks were broadcast by another Mediaset show, Striscia La Notizia. Striscia’s creator Antonio Ricci said, “In the long run we’ll find out that I did her (Meloni) a favour”.

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