Matt Hancock reportedly told his wife of 15 years, Martha, that their marriage was ‘over’ the night before his affair with a married aide became public.
According to sources, the former Health Secretary was made aware that The Sun would leak images of him in a ‘steamy clinch’ with Gina Coladangelo on June 24, so he made the decision to confess all to his spouse.
Martha is said to have been left heartbroken by the revelation, as she’d presumed they were in a ‘happy’ and ‘stable’ relationship, reports The Sunday Times.
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To make matters worse, the mum-of-three is reportedly battling long Covid after she contracted the virus from her husband.
Hancock is believed to have had ‘obvious chemistry’ with his aide since at least 2019.
The adulterous couple originally met when they both studied at Oxford University.
Coladengelo then went on to marry Oliver Tress, the founder of fashion brand Oliver Bonas, who she has three children with.
Despite having been friends for quite some time, a friend of Hancock has insisted that their affair is ‘recent but serious,’ reports Sky News.
Since news of the relationship has broken, Hancock has confirmed he will be quitting his role as Health Secretary.
In a video on Twitter, he stated: “I’ve been to see the Prime Minister to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
“I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, that you have made, and those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded to his resignation, saying he believes Hancock ‘should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us’.
He added: “I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.”
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