CAROLINE OVERINGTON - Barnaby Joyce: wife Natalie reveals devastation over split
The deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce’s wife Natalie Joyce has shared her “devastation” at learning that her estranged husband is now expecting a child with a young woman who once worked in his office.
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In a scorching rebuke to the man by whom she has stood for more than two decades, Mrs Joyce said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that my husband is now having a child with a former staff member. I understand that this has been going on for many months and started when she was a paid employee,” said Mrs Joyce.
“This situation is devastating on many fronts. For my girls who are affected by the family breakdown and for me as a wife of 24 years, who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life.
“Our family life has had to be shared during Barnaby’s political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our homes and into our lives. Naturally we also feel hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved.
“The situation for myself and the girls will be made worse by the fact that this will all be played out in public so at this time, I would ask that the girls and I are given some privacy and time to come to terms with the consequences and take steps to plan our future.”
Media is currently camped outside Mrs Joyce’s home in the country town of Tamworth.
The Daily Telegraph reports this morning that Mr Joyce is expecting a baby in April with a younger former member of his staff and confessing to friends that “he is madly in love.”
Mr Joyce is a conservative who campaigned on family values in New England. He opposed same-sex marriage and abstained from the vote in Parliament.
He has four children.
Mr Joyce is yet to speak about his new relationship with former media adviser Vikki Campion, 33.