The teenager at the heart of the Italian PM’s marital woes has denied any responsibility for the break-up of his marriage in a TV interview.
“It is a big scandal, but the reality is different,” said Noemi Letizia, 18, breaking silence for the first time since news emerged four months ago of her alleged love affair with Silvio Berlusconi, when she was still a minor.
“I would like to correct it because there is so much disinformation,” added Ms Letizia in the interview to be aired on the Sky Italia satellite TV channel.
“It would be better if people used their brains and thought a little bit.”
What Italians call “the Noemi affair” began in May when Mr Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario, said she was seeking a divorce, citing her 72-year-old husband’s presence at Ms Letizia’s 18th birthday party on April 26 as the final straw.
“Nobody did anything wrong,” the teen said.
“My family and his family have been upset by all the stories. They (journalists) invented stories about our relationship and made it look unhealthy. All of us feel disappointed.”
The blonde lingerie model’s interview with syndicated celebrity interviewer Daphne Barak – who wrote about the conversation in Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper – marked the first time she has spoken out about the furore.
Referring to the prime minister and media tycoon by his first name – “Will I vote for Silvio? Of course” – Ms Letizia played down Mr Berlusconi’s presence at her coming-of-age bash.
“Anyone can see I am not the reason for the divorce,” she said.
“How can a 18-year-old’s birthday party ruin a marriage? If this is the case, what kind of marriage could it be? I have nothing to do with it.”
The teenager added: “What Veronica said does not bother me. These are her own family problems. I should not be blamed for them.”
Ms Lario had said she could not live with a man who hung out with underage girls – a claim rejected by Mr Berlusconi, who said Ms Letizia was just the daughter of friends, and the “affair” a concoction of the Italian left-wing opposition ahead of European Parliament elections in June.
Barak wrote in the Mail on Sunday that the hour-long interview would also be telecast on the CBS television network in the US this coming week. –Herald Sun