Jennifer Arcuri says Boris Johnson ‘was my Henry VIII – I was his Anne Boleyn’
Jennifer Arucri has described herself as the Anne Boleyn to Boris Johnson 's Henry VIII – but has still declined to answer if the pair had an affair.
The former model and DJ also claimed she was Johnson's "muse" who could tell him when he was looking too "flabby", and claimed Johnson called her "the Mount Everest every man wants to climb".
In a interview with The Daily Mail , the US businesswoman said Anne Boleyn made Henry VIII "literally crazy for six years because she wouldn't give him her virtue".
"I was categorically clear that the moment I gave Boris my virtue, I would be cast out. That's why I made him my buddy," she said.
"I would say things like 'you don't want me, I'm high maintenance and very demanding'. He used to laugh and say 'I don't believe that at all.'"
She added: "He would say 'Jennifer, you're the Mount Everest every man wants to climb.'
But the last thing I wanted to be was the girl that showed up, sh***ed him and left."
Instead, she said it was "far more rewarding for me to have a friendship with Boris because he was charismatic and fun and a stimulating person."
The prime minister is now facing conflict of interest allegations and is being investigated by the London Assembly over his links to Arcuri when he was in office.
Her companies were awarded £126,000 in public money, and she accompanied Johnson on three overseas trade trips.
However, both Johnson and Arcuri have repeatedly refuse to confirm or deny if the pair had a sexual relationship.
Arcuri said: "I don't want to say there was no affair and I don't want to say there was an affair.
"I just want people to see there was a unique connection between me and Boris. We definitely got on."
She also repeated her insistence that all grants given to her company were "totally above board" and she had "every right" to be on the trade delegations as a businesswoman.
Arcuri, who said the pair were close from 2011 until 2016, admitted she was aware of the former Mayor of London's womanising reputation, but wasn't "sitting there, questioning his marriage. I didn't care."
However, it would appear that Johnson was less relaxed about Arcuri's private life, as she said he would ask her: "Are you driving men crazy? Are the men filling the streets with weeping tears? I saw a man sobbing earlier – please tell me you didn't break his heart".
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