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It's official: Silvio and Veronica call it quits PDF Print E-mail
May 12, 2010 at 02:37 PM

Image Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his estranged wife, Veronica Lario, have reached an agreement on the terms of their legal settlement, and what terms they are!!!!! The former Signora Berlusconi (well, actually, for now they are still married; divorce still takes five years in the home of the Vatican) gets to live forever in the luxurious Villa Belvedere in the Maccherio suburb of Milan that she has inhabited - together with Eleonora, Luigi and Barbara, the thee children she had with Berlusconi,ever since informally separating from him several years ago. In addition, she will get a monthly stipend of €300,000 to enable her and her family to live in the style to which she is accustomed. Sounds like a lot, right? But Berlusconi, the second richest man in Italy, has so much money that probably it is only fair that Veronica gets so hefty a chunk.

Veronica and Silvio met in 1980 when, struck by her beauty and talent, he called on her at her dressing room in Rome's Teatro Manzoni where she was starring in a production of the 1921 play, The Magnificent Cuckold (how fitting!). Who knows if it was love at first sight but Berlusconi left his first wife, the mother of his first two children, Marina and Pier Silvio, and in 1984 Barbara was born. In 1985, Berlusconi's divorce from Carla Dall'Oglio became final and the rest is (was) history.

Veronica and Berlusconi had been living separately for a few years when his wife became enraged by several events and announced her anger publically. Once was when Berlusconi said on television that if he could he would marry Mara Carfagna, a young attractive former TV starlet who is now a cabinet minister, and second when it became known that last March that he had attended the birthday party of an 18-year old Neapolitan girl. On May 3, Veronica announced she was filing for divorce, asking for a monthly stipend of three million euros. That she did not get but she certainly cannot complain.

By the way, it may interest my Catholic readers that a few weeks ago many eyebrows (but apparently not the papal ones) were raised when Berlusconi, in church for some occasion, lined up at a church service to take communion and received it. As I understand it Roman Catholics who are separated or divorced they should not be given that sacrament but the officiating prelate mayhave been too embarrassed to refuse.

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