A spokesperson for Tony Blair on Friday flat-out denied that the former British prime minister is romantically-entangled with Wendi Deng, the soon to be ex-wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
The rep in response to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment stated, "If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no." Blair's rep later followed up and adamantly "made it clear" that there has "never been an affair" between Deng and Blair.
So why is it that "wendi deng tony blair" became such a fervently-searched term on Google, that Gawker penned a response to users' behavior Thursday adding, "Presumably, they're just trying to look up a column Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff wrote last year in the Guardian, headlined 'Tony Blair and the Murdochs: A Family Affair.'" The aforementioned piece revealed the dynamics between Blair and the Murdoch family: The former prime minister is close enough to the Murdoch's that he's godfather to Rupert and Wendi's two daughters, Grace and Chloe.
The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston, who has close connections to Murdoch's camp, tweeted Thursday afternoon, "Am also told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for watching to know what they are."