Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has broken his silence after reports emerged yesterday that he was expecting a baby with one of his former staff members.
Mr Joyce appeared on The 7.30 Report on ABC on Wednesday night, where he said he was “incredibly hurt” by his private life being dragged into the public arena.
“So it’s a private matter and I don’t think it helps me, I don’t think it helps my family, I don’t think it helps anybody in the future to start making this a public discussion,” Mr Joyce told host Leigh Sales.
“As much as I can I will keep private matters private.”
The 50-year-old said he “can’t quite fathom why basically a pregnant lady walking across the road deserves a front page.”
“I think once we start going through this salami slicing of a private life, where does it end?” he said.
Mr Joyce confirmed in parliament in December that he had separated from his wife of 24 years.
During Wednesday night’s interview, he admitted the end of his marriage was “one of the greatest failures” of his life.
“That was a tumultuous time and everyone who has gone through a marriage breakup would understand that,” he said.
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The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Joyce is expecting a baby with his former press secretary in April.