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Italy's Berlusconi demands apology from his wife

 FILE -  In this Friday June 24, 2004 file photo, Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and his wife Veronica Lario wait for President George W. B...
 FILE -  In this Friday June 24, 2004 file photo, Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and his wife Veronica Lario wait for President George W. B...
 FILE - This March 21, 2007 file photo shows Veronica Lario, wife of Silvio Berlusconi, as she attends at the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni's show ...
 FILE - This June 4, 2004 file photo shows Veronica Lario, wife of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at Rome's Villa Madama on the occasion of the vi...

ITALY BERLUSCONI'S WIFE

FILE - In this Friday June 24, 2004 file photo, Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and his wife Veronica Lario wait for President George W. B...

ITALY BERLUSCONI'S WIFE

FILE - In this Friday June 24, 2004 file photo, Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, and his wife Veronica Lario wait for President George W. B...

ITALY BERLUSCONI'S WIFE

FILE - This March 21, 2007 file photo shows Veronica Lario, wife of Silvio Berlusconi, as she attends at the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni's show ...

ITALY BERLUSCONI'S WIFE

FILE - This June 4, 2004 file photo shows Veronica Lario, wife of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at Rome's Villa Madama on the occasion of the vi...

A peeved Premier Silvio Berlusconi has demanded a public apology from his wife, who announced she was seeking a divorce from the billionaire media magnate because she was fed up with his roving eye for younger women.
Going on the counterattack, the 72-year-old, perma-tanned conservative premier, who in recent years has had hair transplants and plastic surgery around the eyes, appeared more intent on saving his wounded pride than his foundering marriage.
"Veronica will have to publicly apologize to me. And I don't know if that will be enough," the Corriere della Sera daily on Monday quoted Berlusconi as saying in a long chat with its editor-in-chief.
Veronica Lario, a 52-year-old former actress, confirmed Sunday she wants a divorce from her husband just a week after publicly venting her rage over Berlusconi's frequent flirtations.
When Corriere asked Berlusconi if he was thinking of patching up the couple's nearly 30-year-long relationship, the premier replied: "I don't believe so. I don't know if I want to this time."
The couple, who met in a backstage dressing room in 1980 after the love-struck Berlusconi saw Lario perform in a Milan theater, have been married since 1990 and have three grown children.
But the two have lived largely separate lives for many years _ easy to do when a family owns several villas, apartments and vacation getaway spots in Milan, Sardinia and abroad.
Particularly grating to Berlusconi was Lario's insinuation that he was so infatuated with an 18-year-old in Naples that he went to her birthday party while failing to ever show up for the coming-out bashes of their own three children.
"I supposedly hang around with, as my wife said, 17-year-old girls," Berlusconi was quoted as saying as he let off steam in a chat Sunday with La Stampa's editor-in-chief. "That is something I cannot put up with. I am the friend of the (girl's) father and nothing more."
Custody won't be an issue since their children are legally adults. But questions over how to carve up Berlusconi's business empire for his five adult children in any divorce deal consumed the Italian media Monday.
"Silvio-Veronica, a divorce with a figure of nine zeros" after it, headlined Rome daily La Repubblica.
No longer Italy's richest man as he had been for years, Berlusconi and his family now rank No. 2 in the country, after sweets-maker Michele Ferrero. He's 70th in Forbes' world rankings, with $6.5 billion (almost


Updated : 2021-04-14 14:12 GMT+08:00