Matt Hancock has said that telling his ex-wife Martha Hoyer Millar about his affair before it was made public was the “worst conversation” of his life.
The former health minister, who resigned after his affair with aide Gina Coladangelo became public, recalled the fallout that followed after he was told details of the extramarital relationship would be made public in The sun.
Photos of Hancock hugging Coladangelo at her workplace, at a time when social distancing guidelines were still in place, caused a major uproar as people accused him of breaking his own rules.
In a series of “pandemic diaries” for the Daily MailHancock wrote that he received a call The sun Editor Victoria Newton told him they would publish the photos.
The deputy – who recently appeared on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! – said he “knew immediately what I had to do”.
“I had to tell Martha right away because it had to come from me and no one else,” he wrote. “I also knew I had to tell the kids — it was going to be incredibly painful, but I couldn’t hide from them forever.”
Hancock added that his family “deserved” to know about his affair before it was published in the newspaper.
“Having the health secretary as a husband or father during a global pandemic has been incredibly tough on the family and I feel miserable,” he admitted.
The politician also denied breaking social distancing rules during his relationship with Coladangelo because “nothing happened between us until May after legal restrictions ended”.
After speaking with former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hancock claimed he was in “complete turmoil” when he returned to the house he shared with Martha to speak to her.
“It was – and remains – the very worst conversation of my life,” he wrote.
Hancock, who was suspended for joining as an MP i am a celebrityHe recently said that falling in love with Coladangelo meant his “political judgment had lapsed.”
He hoped the British public would forgive him for a “human error” in starting his affair that was a “failure of leadership”.
This week, Hancock also accused infected care home workers of bringing the Covid virus to their workplaces, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly people during the pandemic.
In an earlier entry of his diary for the Daily Mailhe wrote that only a small proportion of cases were caused by his decision to discharge patients from the hospital without testing.