Recently, the rumor that Wendi Deng, the ex-wife of the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has probably hooked a new sweetheart has gone viral in Western media. It's nothing new about Deng's love affairs, but she's dating Putin this time.
Absolutely right! It's Putin, the President of Russia, who's good at both flying a plane and riding a horse.
The news, no matter whether it's true or not, has become a hot topic. People would have considered it a Fool's Day prank, if the heroine is NOT Wendi Deng. Does it make you recall Deng's affair with the British ex-PM Tony Blair? The pairing of Deng and Putin sounds acceptable.
However, the Kremlin press office replied the media with "groundless":
But, that claim didn't quench their curiosity about whether Deng has hooked Putin. Let's take a look at how the Western media covered the affair.
US Weekly: Pupert Mudock's Ex-Wife Wendi Deng Is Dating Vladimir Putin
The rumor circulating around the corridors of power – from Washington, D.C., to Europe and Asia – is that Vladimir Putin and Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, are dating. One insider close to the powerful leader tells Us Weekly the relationship is "serious".
Deng has yet to be spotted looking romantic with the Russian leader, but was seen boarding her pal Roman Abramovich's yacht in St. Bart's on Monday, March 28. Abramovich also happens to be friends with Putin.
Wendi Deng was spotted spending holiday on Abramovich's yocht.
Merely an April Fool's Day joke? But the date when the US Weekly exposed the news was March 31, not April 1.
In an emailed comment, April 4, an official from the Kremlin press office told The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no truth in the story published in US Weekly stating that the President of Russia is in a relationship with Wendi Deng."
Is that all? Too young too simple! More follow-ups appear in more presses.
Daily Mail: Wendi Deng rumored to be dating Vladimir Putin after magazine links the pair
Reuters: life…has maneater Wendi Deng hooked her most powerful conquest yet?
The Guardian: Wendi Deng with Putin? She's taking on Rupert Murdoch in a romantic arms race
Slate: Wendi Deng reportedly performs masterful bae upgrade with Vladimir Putin
hollywoodlife.com: Vladimir Putin dating Rupert Mudoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng – It's 'serious'
hollywoodlife.com：普京约会默多克前妻邓文迪 – ‘认真的’
OK: April Fools? Or is Vladimir Putin really shacking up with Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng?
IB Times: Wendi Deng dating Vladimir Putin: Has Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife moved on with Russian leader?