Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is hoping his League Party – Lega – can capitalise on the wave of current populist support in the European elections with a big win tonight. The Minister of the Interior might have his hands full with politics but that does not mean his personal life is any less colourful. Speculation has been rife in recent days that the Eurosceptic’s relationship to Francesca Verdini, daughter of the politician Denis Verdini, may be over. Mr Salvini, 46, had only been dating the 26-year-old brunette beauty from Florence for a short time.
He split from Italian TV presenter Elisa Isoardi after three years in November last year.
Is Matteo Salvini still dating Francesca Verdini?
Mr Salvini appeared to quash talk his new relationship was over by posting a picture of him and Ms Verdini looking loved up on Twitter.
The Italian politician shared a smiling picture of himself receiving a kiss from his girlfriend on May 22 taken against a beautiful sunny backdrop.
He captioned the selfie: “Kiss all of your friends from me and Francesca, we love you”.
Mr Salvini is a regular user of social media.
He often updates his hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram with snippets from his private life.
Has Matteo Salvini been married?
Matteo Salvini was previously married to journalist Fabrizia Leluzzi.
They wed in 2001 before having their son Frederico two years later but their marriage was not to last.
Following their divorce, the League leader had a daughter Mirta by partner Giulia Martinelli in 2012.
He was with Italian TV presenter Elisa Isoardi for almost three years before their split at the end of last year.
She announced their break-up on Instagram alongside an intimate picture of the two of them together.
She quoted a line from poet Gio Evan, which read: “It’s not what we have given each that I miss, but what we still had to give to each other.”
She added: “With immense respect for the true love that was, thank you Matteo.”
The celebrity presenter added their break-up was caused by their demanding work schedules and the distances keeping them apart.