Billionaire former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, has announced his engagement to his 27-year-old girlfriend Francesca Pascale.
The three-times former Prime Minister has announced he will marry for a third time. Berlusconi's second wife Veronica Lario, from whom he is separated, announced her intent to divorce him for consorting with minors in 2009, though the couple have yet to agree on a divorce settlement.
Berlusconi, who recently announced his intention to run for the Italian leadership again in the spring, spoke with great emotion of his new fiancée.
The Telegraph reported he gushed: "Finally I feel less lonely...She is 27 years old, with very solid values, beautiful on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside. She is very close to me, she loves me very much and I feel the same."
The Italian press have already taken to referring to Francesca Pascale as Italy's new "first lady." Pascale is said to be jealous of other women in Berlusconi's circle, She has openly stated her life revolves around just three things, her family, politics and Silvio Berlusconi.