Certain parts of the world reeled yesterday upon finding out that Rupert and Wendi Murdoch are getting a divorce. What happened? They seemed so happy, so perfect for one another. But despite their seeming wedded bliss, there were apparently problems. What sort of problems? Well that's what everyone is speculating about.
The Hollywood Reporter has weighed in on the matter, with a headline saying that Wendi was "blindsided" by the divorce filing. The actual article, though, speaks of a relatively longstanding distance between Rupert and Wendi, so it maybe wasn't as much of a surprise as the headline implies. The article then goes into detail about the theory that the marriage deteriorated because of Wendi's "socializing and friendships with a series of men." Which, read in a certain way, could be construed as more than a little sexist. But! There have been rumors for some years now that Wendi has gotten a bit too friendly with various movers and shakers. And they are some pretty bold-faced names.
The boldest one is former British PM Tony Blair, a relationship written about by Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff, who said that Blair was one of Wendi's "first official social conquests." Wolff has a vaguely dishy Guardian piece about the split up at the moment, but he doesn't mention anything about Blair or the other rumored affairs. Though maybe "affair" is too strong a word — the implication, at least with the Blair thing, seems more to be that she had a too-cozy working relationship with him, not necessarily a romantic one. For his part, a spokesperson for Blair, who we should add is married to British barrister Cherie Blair, issued a strong denial to THR: "If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no."