Who Nigel Farage’s girlfriend Laure Ferrari is, and what she does for work

Nigel Farage has finished third on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, losing out to reality star Sam Thompson.

The former MEP made the final along with Thompson – who found fame on Made in Chelsea – and former professional boxer Tony Bellew.

After his third-place finish Mr Farage said: “I’m absolutely thrilled, not everyone likes the stuff I’ve campaigned for and stood for over the years, but we are all entitled to an opinion and I’m a human being like anyone else.

“I hope this programme has shown I’m as human as anyone else.”

Mr Farage was met by his girlfriend, Laure Ferrari, after leaving the jungle, making their first public appearance together as they posed for the cameras.

Who is Laure Ferrari?

Ms Ferrari is a French politician who was working as a waitress in Strasbourg when she met Mr Farage in 2007. She was living in the city while studying for an English degree.

She is 44 – 15 years younger than Mr Farage – and knew him for around a decade before they reportedly became involved romantically in 2017.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Ms Ferrari had moved into Mr Farage’s home, but only because she had needed somewhere to stay for a week.

She told the paper: “I have no trustworthy friends in London who could have hosted me. I asked and he accepted. He is just trying to be helpful.”

At the time Mr Farage said Ms Ferrari was someone he had “known well for a long time” but did not answer questions about their romantic involvement.

Later that year the couple were pictured dancing together at a Brexit anniversary party.

Ms Ferrari now works in politics and credits Mr Farage for her choice of career path, after he helped her get a job in European Parliament.

She worked as a parliamentary assistant and later as head of PR for the British delegation to the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group, which was co-chaired by Mr Farage.

She then became head of a Eurosceptic think-tank called the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe (IDDE).

Ms Ferrari’s right-wing politics are in line with those of her partner. In 2014, she ran for European Parliament for the far-right French party Debout la République.

She was also a founding member of The Mouvement, along with Mischaël Modrikamen and his wife Yasmine Dehaene-Modrikamen – a group joined by Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon in 2018.

What has Farage said since leaving the jungle?

Asked by Ant and Dec why he decided to enter the jungle, Mr Farage said: “I had time to do it and I’m 60 next birthday and going to reach an age where you can’t do it.

“This is very physical, bringing buckets of water, doing the challenges, so now was the right time to do it and I’m very pleased I did.

“I did my best to show no fear at all in the challenges.”

Asked about Brexit, he added: “It was interesting, obviously there were people there that took very different views on Brexit and other subjects and I never raised one political debate in there.

“Not one in the whole time I was there – others did with me, but I think I managed to persuade them that we should respect the right of the other person to have a different point of view.

“I had no screaming arguments; I mean Fred wanted to have screaming arguments, he kept on sort of poking me with a stick.”

Following the finale, Mr Farage defended his £1.5m fee in an appearance on Monday’s Good Morning Britain.

He told Susanna Reid: “I gave up a very successful career in the city of London. My friends are on the rich list and I live a modest life, I gave it up for a career in politics. Is this the biggest paycheck I have ever had? Yes, what’s wrong with that?”


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