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Disgraced ex-president Wulff splits from wife
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Disgraced ex-president Wulff splits from wife

Published: 07 Jan 2013 12:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Jan 2013 12:59 GMT+01:00

A year after he resigned as Germany's president in disgrace after failing to shake off a string of corruption-related allegations, Christian Wulff has separated from his wife Bettina, it emerged on Monday.

The couple's lawyer Gernot Lehr issued a statement saying they had physically separated over the weekend, confirming a story in the Bild newspaper that the couple had split.

Bettina Wulff will remain in the family home in a village north of Hannover with their four-year-old son and her son from a previous relationship, the paper said.

It was the purchase of this house that created the first problems for Wullf when he was made president in 2010 - he had failed to declare a sweetheart loan of €500,000 from a regional businessman friend while he was state premier of Lower Saxony.

His reaction to initial reports of the story was ill-advised for the holder of such high office - he made aggressive phone calls to top editors Bild after the paper reported the story. Further revelations of free holidays he and his family enjoyed courtesy of other businessmen eroded any trust and support he had previously enjoyed in the post.

He lasted less than two years before resigning last February, a pasty-faced Bettina by his side as they faced the German media and he said he was stepping down.

Last September Bettina published a book "Beyond Protocol" in which she wrote about trouble in their marriage and what strain her husband's job had put on their relationship.

Now it would seem that these difficulties - and perhaps their airing in public - have led to its conclusion, and the former president has, according to Bild moved out of the family home and into a rented flat in Hannover.

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16:04 January 7, 2013 by maxbrando
A "previous relationship"?

We used to call that "a Bimbo boinking some guy who knocked her up".
17:06 January 7, 2013 by raandy
"Disgraced ex-president Wulff splits from wife",, It also could read wife splits from disgraced husband.

Bimbo Bonking???? thanks for the clarification max.
17:49 January 7, 2013 by gorongoza
It never rains, but pours for this man. He fell victim because of his endeavours to pioneering change in the German society.
18:27 January 7, 2013 by mitanni
Wulff is a strong proponent of political Christianity and Roman Catholicism and a member of several missionary Christian organizations. He even won a prize for being such a wonderful Christian-conservative role model to children. It's good to see he lives by what he preaches.
15:02 January 8, 2013 by franconia
yes that's right " a gold digging Bimbo boinking some Guy ! For @raandy
17:36 January 8, 2013 by Englishted
@gorongoza

It doesn't pour had enough for this corrupt fat cat still living on tax payers money even though he had to resign .Should have been in court but in Germany it never happens to the politicians,and the press don't chase for it .

Be interesting to see what state funds she will receive now ,bet it is not harts4 .
17:47 January 8, 2013 by raandy
@franconia I 'll keep a sharp eye for those Bimbo boinkers, thanks for the heads up.
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