It was headline news when, in September 2021, Boris Johnson said how many children he had for the first time.
The then-prime minister, known to have had a turbulent private life, had become notorious for repeatedly refusing to answer this simple question.
But in an interview with US broadcaster NBC, he finally gave a number: six.
That became seven three months later when his third wife, Carrie, gave birth to their second baby.
Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie, has announced she is pregnant with her third child.
Posting to her Instagram, Mrs Johnson said: “New team member arriving in just a few weeks.
“I’ve felt pretty exhausted for the last eight months, but we can’t wait to meet this little one.
“Wilf is [very] excited about being a big brother again and has been chattering about it non-stop. I think Romy has yet to learn what’s coming… She soon will!”
Mr Johnson, who resigned from his post in 2022, has plenty of practice with newborns; the latest edition is his eighth child.
A Look into His Family
He has four children with his ex-wife Marina Wheeler and one with former mistress Helen Macintyre.
However, his exact number of children remains doubtful, as a possible eighth child was once alluded to in court documents.
The Standard looks at Mr Johnson’s past relationships and what his children are up to now.
Lara Lettice, 27, is the oldest of Boris Johnson’s four children with his barrister ex-wife Marina Wheeler. The pair married in 1993 after his divorce from his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen.
Lara was educated at Bedales School, accompanied by the University of St Andrews, where she collected a Latin and Comparative Literature degree.
She became a successful fashion and arts journalist, working as a features editor at SHOWstudio and later writing for Tatler and Vogue.
Carrie and Boris Johnson have announced that they’re having a third child together. In an Instagram post published moments ago, Carrie revealed she is eight months pregnant.
‘New team member arriving in just a few weeks,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘I’ve felt pretty exhausted for the last eight months, but we can’t wait to meet this little one. Wilf is [very] excited about being a big brother again and has been chattering about it non-stop. I don’t think Romy has a clue what’s coming… She soon will!’
Discovering Boris Johnson’s Children
It was only in 2021 that Boris and Carrie Johnson announced that they were expecting a second child together after suffering a miscarriage at the beginning of the year. Carrie opened up about her rainbow baby at the time – a term used when a child is born after a loss – telling her followers, ‘I perceive incredibly blessed to be pregnant again, but I’ve also perceived like a bag of nerves.’
The couple has received many congratulations from colleagues and peers about their latest news – but it has yet to go without some questions. Carrie’s pregnancy announcement has caused a rise in searches for Boris Johnson’s other children – of which there are many. According to Google Trends, ‘How many children does Boris Johnson have?’ is a breakout search term.
The confusion stems because, just like the public, reporters need clarification on exactly how many kids Boris has fathered. You will see ‘at least’ repeated in many articles on the topic because while there is a public record of Boris having multiple children with different women – Boris has refused to explicitly state how many kids he has, increasing speculation that there are more than the public knows of.
From what we do know, Boris has at least seven children – four with his second wife Marina Wheeler named Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches, and Theodore Apollo. He then had another child with arts consultant Helen MacIntyre, a daughter named Stephanie. He denied being her father until a court battle in 2013 revealed he had sought an injunction to prevent the public from knowing of her existence.
Updates on Boris Johnson’s Children
In 2020, he had his first child with his third wife, Carrie, named Wilfred, and then a second in 2021, a daughter called Romy, bringing his total brood to seven. By April then, he will have fathered eight children.
The number of children he has often comes up for debate on social media, not just because he refuses to state precisely how many children he’s brought into this world. A woman who had experienced his career trajectory would be treated differently if she had multiple children by different partners. Boris, of course, faces a certain level of mockery for his choices, but nowhere near the extent a woman would as a politician – and every day, you need only view the amount of trolling someone like Katie Price receives to understand.