Giorgia Meloni and Andrea Giambruno, a television journalist, had maintained their relationship for a decade and share a seven-year-old daughter.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, in a public statement on Friday, revealed her decision to separate from her partner, Andrea Giambruno. This move follows mounting criticism directed at Giambruno for his sexist comments.
Meloni and Andrea Giambruno, a television journalist, had maintained their relationship for a decade and share a seven-year-old daughter. Giambruno found himself embroiled in controversy due to his inappropriate comments and conduct during a satirical current affairs television program.
Taking to her social media accounts, Giorgia Meloni expressed, “My relationship with Andrea Giambruno, which lasted almost 10 years, ends here. Our paths have diverged for some time, and the time has come to acknowledge it.”
The separation coincides with the Italian Prime Minister’s one-year anniversary in office, leading a right-wing coalition government. She reaffirmed her determination not to be sidetracked by personal challenges, stating, “All those who hoped to weaken me by striking me at home will have no success.”
In a prior statement, Giorgia Meloni had clarified that she should not be held accountable for Giambruno’s remarks and would no longer entertain questions regarding his behavior.
The couple’s initial meeting occurred in 2014 at a TV studio. Andrea Giambruno, aged 42, serves as the presenter of a news program broadcast by Mediaset, part of the MFE media group owned by the heirs of the late Silvio Berlusconi, a former prime minister and an ally of Meloni.
Video clips from one of Giambruno’s programs depicted his use of offensive language, inappropriate behavior, and advances towards a female colleague. Additional audio recordings also surfaced, further underscoring his controversial statements and attitudes.