Silvio Berlusconi announces engagement to 27-year-old

Updated: December 17, 2012, 9:32 PM IST

Rome: Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he is engaged to a woman almost 50 years junior to him. He further said, "Finally I feel less alone."

The media baron said on Sunday that his engagement to 28-year-old Francesca Pascale, who is part of a support group called "Silvio, we miss you", is official.

Berlusconi also apologised for his now-infamous 'bunga bunga' parties, saying he was lonely after having split from his second wife. Veronica Laria left him in 2008, citing alleged dalliances with young women.

Newspapers described Berlusconi's appearance on Canale 5, one of his television networks, as an attempt to boost falling approval rates ahead of an election expected in February. No date for the vote has been set yet.

His center-right party, which has dominated Italian politics for the last two decades, is showing a 15 per cent approval rating.

First Published: December 17, 2012, 9:32 PM IST

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