February 25, 2018

Stop 'salami slicing' my life: Joyce breaks silence over pregnancy

08 February 2018, 09:37 | Darnell Patrick

Vikki Campion is reportedly pregnant and expecting a baby with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

Vikki Campion is reportedly pregnant and expecting a baby with Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce

In a statement released to media on Wednesday, Natalie Joyce said the news was "devastating", and she felt "deceived and hurt" by the actions of her husband and Campion.

News of the alleged pregnancy broke on Wednesday morning, with The Daily Telegraph reporting Joyce and Vikki Campion, 33, are "madly in love" and have moved in together.

"I acknowledge that I'm now separated, so that's on the record", Joyce told Parliament.

After winning the by-election Mr Joyce told federal parliament his 24-year marriage was over.

"The Labor Party has made no public statement about Mr Joyce's personal situation for the last six months - despite the fact it has been well known in this building - and we are not about to start today", Mr Bowen said.

"So it's a private matter and I don't think it helps me, I don't think it helps my family, I don't think it helps anybody in the future to start making this a public discussion".

The deputy prime minister's threat to put down Johnny Depp's dogs pales in comparison to the public controversy he is now facing over an affair with his pregnant press secretary.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian Magazine past year, his wife told the story of how the pair met.

The pair met while they were both in University.

"The first time we spoke was O Week", she said. "We have made sure that private matters remain private and anything on the - on a public account has been to do with my work as a politician", he said.

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'I don't really care who Barnaby Joyce or anyone else is sleeping with, ' he told Sky News.

In that same article the Nationals leader revealed how little time he spent at home with his family. In February and March a year ago, he only had two nights where he slept in his own bed. Daughters Odette, Caroline, Julia and Bridgette. He entered politics when the youngest, Odette, was only 18 months.

And he railed against the "salami-slicing" of MPs' private lives, delivering a robust defence of his conduct and arguing Australia should not go down the same path as the United States, where politicians' private lives are public fodder.

Joyce described feeling "guilt" over not always being there for his daughters. "I'm not proud of it but that is, you know, in essence the humanity of who we are". "They just don't think you're going to be there".

The pregnancy rumours have been swirling in Canberra since past year, when Mr Joyce was forced to re-run for his New England seat in a fierce by-election, after documents revealed he was a dual New Zealand citizen.

Joyce was also absent when her husband voted with his mother, and was nowhere to be seen when he was sworn back into Parliament.

During the campaign, Joyce was hounded by an individual, who he later dubbed a stalker, who raised his family situation at a pub sparking a heated verbal clash.

Joyce was clear upfront where he stood.

Rumours also plagued Joyce on the streets of his New England electorate during the byelection campaign he fought and won a year ago following his disqualification over dual citizenship.

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