Nicola Sturgeon denies scurrilous internet gossip that she’s a ‘secret lesbian’
Nicola Sturgeon denies scurrilous internet gossip that she’s ‘secretly lesbian’ – saying she has LAUGHED about it with female French diplomat she supposedly had an affair with, but the rumours were ‘maybe part of the reason’ she quit as First Minister
- Ms Sturgeon said online gossip had prompted her to want more anonymity
- She shot down many claims, including that she owns a global property portfolio
Nicola Sturgeon has claimed extraordinary internet rumours about her personal life were ‘part of the reason’ she stepped down as First Minister.
Speaking about her renewed quest for privacy in the wake of her shock resignation, Ms Sturgeon yesterday said scurrilous social media gossip had prompted her to want more anonymity.
In particular, she shot down online claims that she was the proud owner of an expensive global property portfolio, as well as being a ‘secret lesbian’.
In one remarkable account often repeated on the internet, users say she engaged in an extra-marital relationship with a female French diplomat.
Some of the rumours allege the pair bought tennis legend Judy Murray’s old house in Bridge of Allan to use as a secret love nest.
Nicola Sturgeon yesterday said scurrilous social media gossip had prompted her to seek more privacy
Nicola Sturgeon, pictured with husband Peter Murrell, shot down online claims that she is a ‘secret lesbian’
And other wild claims have suggested Ms Sturgeon is able to withhold the ‘truth’ from the public by virtue of a court-imposed ‘super-injunction’.
But speaking on a new BBC podcast, the former First Minister has debunked the outlandish cyber theories, saying: ‘I read accounts of my life on social media and I think, ‘you know, it is so much more glamorous sounding and so much more exciting’. You know I’ve got houses everywhere if you believe social media.’
Asked by BBC Scotland’s Political Editor Glenn Campbell: ‘Which French diplomat are you having an affair with?’ she laughed and responded: ‘I’ll tell you off camera which one it is supposed to be but whichever one it is we’ve actually had a laugh about it.’
Taking a more serious tone later in the interview, Ms Sturgeon did admit that perhaps the gossip had got to her.
Saying it is ‘maybe part of the reason’ that she is stepping down, she said: ‘I’m not naïve, I’m not of the view that I will step down one day and be completely anonymous the next day, I understand the realities of what I have done and I’ll still be in parliament, but I want to have a bit more privacy, I want to have a bit more anonymity and I just want to protect some of what people take for granted in their lives that I’ve forgotten to have.’
Ms Sturgeon added she was looking forward to going out for coffees, while one friend that spoke to the podcast suggested she may continue to enjoy hill-walking – something that while she was First Minister, she could not do without three security guards accompanying her.
In her final TV interview today before stepping down, Nicola Sturgeon said she felt a ‘bit sad’ but still confident she has made the right decision
The former SNP leader also used the second episode of BBC Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon series to share how ‘painfully shy’ she is, an attribute she claims is actually a ‘secret superpower’.
In the interview she added: ‘I carry with me a fairly healthy dose of self-doubt even now…
‘I suppose I’ve equally always had within me a sort of fire in the belly, a drive and a determination to overcome all of that.
‘So I’ve never made all of that go away but I have worked really hard to overcome it and I’ve come to the conclusion – sure, there’s downsides to being like that when you’re in politics and some of the stuff people say about me, that I operate in a very tight inner circle and I’m not very clubbable, some of that is routed in the shyness.
‘It also probably has over the years led to me having a more sort of austere and severe persona that might not otherwise have been the case but I’ve come to the conclusion that actually it’s been my secret superpower because that need to constantly overcome any shyness – self doubt – becomes a need to prove yourself.’
She added she suffered what some would call ‘imposter syndrome’, adding: ‘ I’ve always felt the need to be the best version of myself, to work harder than everybody around me, to constantly prove that I’m up to the job…’
The second episode of the podcast series, called Nicola – The Person, will be available on BBC Sounds from 5am today, April 2.