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Rumor Mill: Rupert Murdoch’s Ex Dating Putin

Wendi Deng said to be 'serious' about Russian leader, per very loose rumor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2016 3:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's maybe not the "who's dating who" news any of us expected this week, but it certainly is the most … interesting. Per Us Weekly, whispers are circulating that Wendi Deng, the ex-wife of News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch, has a new beau who enjoys shirtless horseback riding, pumps iron, and harbors a bit of a man crush on Donald Trump. Yes, Vladimir Putin is rumored to be Deng's new guy, with one insider source telling the magazine the couple is "serious" about each other.

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No one knows whether Deng is hooking up with the Russian leader to get back at her ex for marrying Jerry Hall, because she's mesmerized by Putin's weird gait, or whether the rumor is even true at all (it's supposedly been out there since their respective divorces a couple of years back). No one's actually spotted the two cozying up together, though Deng reportedly boarded the yacht of friend Roman Abramovich—also said to be close to Putin—earlier this week in St. Barts. Besides that, the only other possible nod to a romance between Putin and Deng is the latter's seeming fascination with high-profile men in power: She's also been linked to ex-British PM Tony Blair and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, per Vanity Fair. (Another woman who says she has an "interesting" relationship with Putin: Hillary Clinton.)

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