Berlusconi (76) is in a steady relationship with Francesca Pascale, who at 27 is nearly a third his age, supporters of the former PM said. There had been rumours of the relationship for months, and the pair was photographed together recently while watching Berlusconi’s football team, AC Milan.
But the romance was confirmed by one of the media tycoon’s most vocal cheerleaders, Daniela Santanche, an MP in his People of Freedom party, as well as the Italian press, with one newspaper describing the young woman as Italy’s new ‘first lady’.“Berlusconi introduces her as his girlfriend, and for me it is a beautiful thing. I know her as his girlfriend,” said Santanche. “Let’s say she is a person who is very close to him,” said Licia Ronzulli, a Euro MP in his party. “She’s more than a friend.”