Just days after Louisiana fundraiser Jennifer LeBlanc insisted she and Rudy Giuliani were not an item, the former New York mayor has revealed that they are, in fact, dating.
The 74-year-old lawyer for President Trump told the New York Daily News that their romance had been blossoming over the past three weeks.
‘We are dating, however not that advanced yet,’ he said.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (L) has admitted he’s dating Jennifer LeBlanc (R) – pictured arriving with her to the White House on May 30, 2018 in Washington
Rudy Giuliani, attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, wipes his brow as he attends the White House Sports and Fitness Day event with guest Jennifer Leblanc who initially claimed they weren’t dating
Giuliani’s wife Judith Nathan filed for contested divorce in New York City on April 4 after 15 years of marriage.
She had claimed her husband had been having an affair with another woman, 53-year-old Maria Rose Ryan, a doctor and hospital CEO and the mother of Vanessa Ryan, Giuliani’s assistant. Giuliani denied the affair.
Now, just two months later, he has confirmed he’s back in the dating game.
Giuliani insists that his latest relationship had no impact on his marriage.
‘My ex-wife doesn’t know Jennifer. Judith doesn’t know Jennifer, wasn’t until two months after legal separation that we met again, so should be no issue,’ he said.
He added that he hadn’t seen LeBlanc for ten years util he ran into her three weeks ago. The lawyer said they’d been out three times or so since then.
Leblanc served as Giuliani’s finance chair for his failed 2008 presidential campaign
‘It was a pleasure and an honor to go,’ Leblanc said of the White House event
Giuliani brought the fundraiser to the White House earlier this month, where she was seated next to him and photographed walking alongside him at the event.
‘It was a pleasure and an honor to go,’ LeBlanc said of the White House event.
She said she attended ‘by invitation of the mayor, and I had some other business there,’ though she said it was a personal trip. The pair were photographed holding hands on the way to the White House last week.
But when DailyMail.com questioned whether she and the former mayor were an item, she replied ‘No.’
She also was spotted with Rudy attending a production of ‘Camelot’ on what apparently was not quite a double date with Giuliani’s son Andrew and his new wife, Zivile Rezgyte.
The Washingtonian, who had a reported sat behind the couple, reported that he got repeated shoulder rubs from Leblanc that the publication described as ‘sympathetic.’
Giuliani’s third wife, Judith Nathan, 63, (left and right with him) filed for divorce on April 4. She filed a contested divorce, citing their assets as the source of dispute
On Monday, Giuliani announced he would be taking a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana, where LeBlanc lives, to attend a rally for congressional candidate Josh Guillory – who employs LeBlanc.
His attendance was a surprise for many however as Guillory’s opponent Clay Higgins is a Trump supporter.
LeBlanc was the Louisiana finance chair for Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign. She is a partner at LeBlanc & Associates, where she and her partner provide fundraising and consulting advice to clients in the state as well as to some prominent Louisiana officeholders in D.C.
She serves as finance director for Guillory’s congressional campaign in southwest Louisiana and for the state’s agriculture commissioner.
LeBlanc inherited substantial business assets after the death of her husband, Pat LeBlanc, a Lafayette, Louisiana businessman. He died in a plane crash at 53 while under investigation for an alleged bribery scandal for a Leblanc company that provided concessions services to Texas prisons.
They proclaimed their innocence and were never charged.
Giuliani is divorcing his third wife, Judith Nathan, after 15 years of marriage.
Their romance famously began when Giuliani was still married to his second wife, Donna Hanover.
He met Nathan in a cigar bar in 1999 while he was still mayor.
Rudy Giuliani was accused of having an affair with 53-year-old hospital CEO Dr Maria Ryan (seen left in pink) who he is pictured with above on March 29 at her hospital in New Hampshire. After this visit, which was filmed by local news stations, the pair decamped to a mountain resort where staff say they were seen entering the suite Giuliani had rented together
Rudy Giuliani boasted to friends that he was dating a big-breasted woman before it was claimed on Tuesday that he was having an affair with Dr. Maria Rose Ryan who accompanied him to Israel last week with her daughter Vanessa (in white). She is pictured in black standing behind him on June 7. During one hospital tour, she was introduced as his partner
In 2000, he announced at a press conference that he was leaving Hanover, the mother of his two children.
She was unaware of it beforehand and later participated in her own press conference where she claimed he’d had a previous affair with a different woman.
Giuliani’s first marriage, to Regina Peruggi, was annulled in 1982 because they were second cousins.
The break up with Nathan comes amid claims he had an affair with another woman – Ryan.
Page Six reported that he had boasted to friends that he was sleeping with a woman who had ‘big boobs’ before the identity of his rumored mistress was revealed, according to the Page Six.
Giuliani, 74, said he and Maria Rose Ryan were ‘just friends’ and that even if they had spent the night together at a New Hampshire hotel before his divorce to wife Judith Nathan was underway, it happened when he was ‘in effect, separated’.
Nathan, who married the politician in 2003 after starting her relationship with him when he was married to his second wife, however dismissed his denial of infidelity.
She came out swinging, saying: ‘My husband’s denial of the affair with the married Mrs. Ryan is as false as his claim that we were separated when he took up with her.’
It has since been claimed that Ryan accompanied him to Israel earlier this month and attended an event where she was introduced as his ‘partner’.
On June 7, he and Ryan visited the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.
The group issued a press release afterwards which read: ‘Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his partner, Dr. Maria Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire, visited Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem today to get an update on Hadassah’s management of terror events.’
Giuliani was pictured at the hospital but Ryan was not.
‘She however received a ‘comprehensive tour’ along with the former mayor.
On March 29, Giuliani visited Cottage Hospital where Ryan is the CEO. Local networks filmed Giuliani’s visit at the time.
He said he was there to look at the hospital’s cyber security equipment which was of interest to one of his businesses, Giuliani Security and Safety.
Afterwards, they drove an hour to the hotel where staff said Giuliani was treated like a ‘VIP’.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, signed on in April as one of President Trump’s personal lawyers to defend him against claims by Stormy Daniels, a porn star who alleges she was paid $130,000 by the president’s lawyer to keep quiet about their 2006 alleged affair
On the night in question, he, Ryan and two other men had dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Afterwards, he and Ryan went back to his room, the $524-a-night Summit Suite.
Giuliani has denied having an affair with Ryan, who is married to a former marine, but said they were friends.
He also admitted having dinner with her at a hotel in March but said they dined with others and that there was ‘no proof’ they had had sex.
‘I do know Dr. Ryan. She is a friend of mine, so is her husband Bob. She’s a PhD and a very, very fine woman.
‘I was in effect separated by then,’ he said.
Pushed on whether or not the pair had a romantic relationship, he said: ‘I never spent the night with her. There’s no proof.
‘There can’t be because we never did anything.’
The visit on March 29 came a week before Nathan filed for divorce on April 4.
He has since started dating LeBlanc.
RUDY’S FAILED ROMANCES
Giuliani’s first wife is his second cousin, Regina Peruggi. They were married from 1968 to 1982
Rudy Giuliani married his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, in 1968.
They were together officially until 1982 when they had the marriage annulled. By then, Giuliani had taken a job in the Attorney General’s office in Washington DC and had launched his political career.
They had been separated for seven years beforehand, parting ways in 1975. In 1982, he met Donna Hanover who would become his second wife.
Before they could tie the knot, he and Peruggi had to have their marriage dissolved. It was both dismissed by a court and annulled by the church and the pair claimed that they did not know they were related despite growing up together.
He and Hanover married in 1984 and had two children together.
They were together, seemingly happily, until the mid nineties when it was reported that Giuliani, by then the mayor of New York City, was having an affair with his press secretary, Cristyne Lategano.
The pair denied it fervently.
Giuliani’s second wife, Donna Hanover. She discovered their marriage was over when he announced it at a press conference in 1999
Hanover alleged that Giuliani had been having an affair with his press secretary, Cristyne Lategano-Nicholas, which he denied
In 1999, at a stunning press conference, he announced his diagnosis along with the news that he was leaving Hanover for Judith Nathan who he described, like he did Ryan on Tuesday, as a ‘very, very fine person’.
Wife number 3: Giuliani and Nathan married in 2003
Hanover gave her own press conference afterwards on the steps of Gracie Mansion where she alluded to his alleged affair with Lategano.
‘Today’s turn of events brings me great sadness. I had hoped to keep this marriage together. For several years, it was difficult to participate in Rudy’s public life because of his relationship with one staff member,’ she said.
Giuliani later said that his prostate cancer diagnosis meant he wasn’t having sex with anybody.
‘Psychologically, too, if someone tells you you have cancer, the last thing you think about is sex, and then later on, it comes back,’ he told Howard Stern in 2002.
He said he regained his strength ‘within six months to a year’.
Donna refused to leave Gracie mansion and filed a restraining order to keep Nathan out of it.
In 2003, Giuliani and Nathan married in 2003 and, despite Donna’s attempts, continued to live in Gracie Mansion. Giuliani beat his cancer in 2002.
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