EXCLUSIVE: “Rupert and Ann-Leslie met in November… they are very happy.” Rupert Murdoch was spotted relaxing with the country music legend’s widow.
- The 91-year-old billionaire was spotted soaking up the sun in Barbados
- He was in the company of Ann-Leslie Smith, a former police officer
- Less than six months after his divorce from his fourth wife, Jerry Hall
Less than six months after his divorce from his fourth wife, Jerry Hall.
But media baron Rupert Murdoch has been spotted enjoying a holiday with a new girlfriend.
The 91-year-old billionaire was seen soaking up the sun in Barbados with Ann-Leslie Smith, 66, a former police officer and widow of US country music star Chester Smith.
The couple, who met in November, dined on a public beach with Ms Smith wearing a yellow bikini and matching sarong with a large diamond crucifix pendant. They were said to be spending time on the Caribbean island at the invitation of British billionaire Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB.
Rupert Murdoch and Mrs Smith vacation together in the Caribbean
Ms. Smith graduated from college in 1980 and was in a first marriage before marrying the singer, who also owned 13 television stations in California and Oregon, which she says led her to find God and become a volunteer police chaplain in Marin County. , California.
She is now a local radio host for the American Christian Broadcasting Network. “When I started walking with God, the things of the world just seemed meaningless to me.”
He and Smith released the album Captured by Love in 2005. Three years later, he died of a heart attack at the age of 78.
A devout Christian. Anne-Leslie Smith on the beach
Ms Smith wears a yellow bikini and matching sarong with a large diamond crucifix pendant
Create music. Anne-Leslie with singer Chester Smith in 2005
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Mr Murdoch has been divorced four times. He was married to former flight attendant Patricia Booker from 1956 to 1967 and to journalist Anna Torv from 1967 to 1998. He then married Chinese entrepreneur Wendy Deng, 38 years his junior, but filed for divorce in 2013.
Mr Murdoch married Ms Hall, a former long-term colleague of Rolling Stone’s Sir Mick Jagger, two months after their surprise engagement announcement in The Times in 2016.
The 66-year-old former model filed for divorce in July of last year. A friend of Mr Murdoch said last night: “He seems very happy.”