Barnaby Joyce’s new relationship hits front page, fellow politicians defend his right to privacy

Barnaby Joyce's new relationship hits front page, wife 'devastated'

As Barnaby Joyce’s political colleagues and opponents defend his right to privacy, his wife has released a statement expressing her family’s devastation on receiving news about his new relationship.

Key points:
Daily Telegraph published photo of Deputy PM’s new partner, who is pregnant
Natalie Joyce released statement expressing family’s “devastation” at the news
Adam Bandt, Chris Bowen, Darren Chester all defend right to privacy
The Daily Telegraph published an article today with a photo of the Deputy Prime Minister’s new partner, his former press secretary, who is pregnant.

Last month, Mr Joyce confirmed in Parliament that he had separated from his wife, but he made no other public comments about his new relationship.

“Private lives are just that: private,” Mr Joyce’s spokesperson told the ABC today.

His wife Natalie Joyce later released a statement to The Australian, saying she was “deeply saddened” by the news and that the situation was “devastating” for the couple’s four daughters.

via Barnaby Joyce’s new relationship hits front page, fellow politicians defend his right to privacy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)