Boris Johnson defends his dad Stanley as ‘heroic’ regardless of breaking spouse’s nostril

Boris Johnson has hit out at a brand new Channel 4 documentary insisting his father Stanley is “heroic” – regardless of as soon as breaking his spouse’s nostril.

New collection The Rise And Fall Of Boris Johnson begins tonight and inside it the childhood of the previous Prime Minister is mentioned. Boris’ father, Stanley Johnson, has confirmed for the primary time he broke the nostril of Boris’ mom Charlotte, in an announcement through his legal professionals to the programme.

On display on the finish of episode one, it says: “Although Stanley Johnson admits he once struck his wife and broke her nose during an altercation, he says this was accidental and a one-off incident. He categorically denies any suggestions of domestic violence.

“In this context his 4 kids have issued a joint assertion: ‘For the report, we because the 4 kids don’t in any means recognise this characterisation of our mother and father’ marriage. He was a heroic father (nonetheless is) and what we did see first-hand was an enormous and unwavering quantity of affection between them’.”

The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson is on Channel 4 tonight

The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson is on Channel 4 tonight

In the documentary, pals of the Johnsons, John and Sally Weston discuss being near the household after they lived in Brussels, with Boris a small boy being introduced up by his mother and father; Stanley and first spouse Charlotte Johnson Wahl. Sally says Charlotte was “worn out” and seemed “exhausted” by the youngsters – Boris, Rachel, Jo and Leo – as Stanley pressed on together with his dream of being an MEP.

Asked how Stanley coped, John replies: “I mean, Stanley was Stanley. I mean, he was rushing from A to B to C to D, all in one gulp. Over revving a lot of the time. And nothing was enough. He had to go somewhere else and then somewhere else. “Fatal to anyone else who’s near him. And I feel Charlotte, you realize, she took it on the chin on a regular basis. What else was she anticipated to do?”

The pair then speak about the situation becoming too much for Charlotte and her spending time in the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital in South London in 1974 where they visited her. Sally added: “Well, clearly I felt actually deeply sorry for her. It was fairly apparent her life was an enormous pressure. I mentioned to her, anyone who’s married to Stanley is certain to be unwell.” John said: “I imply, was he, am I proper in remembering that in on at the least one event he really struck her.” And Sally said: “Well, that is what she advised me, love. But, um, I, I am unable to say any extra about that.”

Journalist Andrew Gimson in The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson

Journalist Andrew Gimson in The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson

Author and journalist Andrew Gimson tells the documentary: “Charlotte had a profound influence on Boris. She went into the Maudsley hospital, which occurred when he was only about 10 years old. And that was the separation from his beloved mother. And her suffering was really agony I think, and he was the oldest of the four children. And then his parents got divorced. His childhood was in many ways, extremely painful.”

After his mom’s time in hospital, Boris was despatched to boarding faculty and Stanley and Charlotte cut up up.

The documentary is the primary time Stanley Johnson has commented on breaking the nostril of his first spouse Charlotte. The remark got here through his legal professionals. The allegation was first printed within the Boris Johnson 2020 biography The Gambler by Tom Bower, however Stanley declined to remark when approached on the time by reporters.

Charlotte, who died in 2021 advised the creator: “He broke my nose. He made me feel like I deserved it. I want the truth to be told.”

When this allegation was put to him in 2020 exterior his residence in North London in regards to the contents of Tom Bower’s e-book, Stanley mentioned: “I haven’t read it. I don’t want to comment.”

  • Four half collection The Rise And Fall Of Boris Johnson airs on Channel 4 and is obtainable on demand.