Gladys Berejiklian downplays relationship after declaring they have been in love


The Premier’s feedback come after an interview within the Sunday Telegraph on the weekend in which she said she was in love with Mr Maguire.

Ms Berejiklian informed 2GB she had “completely” shed non-public tears over the connection’s finish and was now “doubting” she and Mr Maguire had the identical feelings throughout their relationship.

“Which is excruciating to speak about however I admire the general public curiosity,” she added.

The Premier stated she shifted her view of the connection to a compassionate friendship after she was pressured to fireplace Mr Maguire in 2018 as a consequence of his embroilment within the Canterbury Council corruption scandal. Nonetheless, though the pair didn’t converse “for a very long time” after that, it was seemingly he nonetheless believed the pair have been collectively this yr.

“He would have been underneath the impression one thing may have occurred, sure.”

The Premier informed Fordham that Mr Maguire by no means performed himself in a method that made him query his character and none of her colleagues in Parliament raised suspicions about his behaviour.

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“We thought he was somebody of integrity: rightly or wrongly MPs are allowed to … do property offers supplied they’re disclosed within the acceptable method.”

Requested particularly about tapped cellphone conversations between Ms Berejiklian and Mr Maguire, together with one wherein the Premier said she “didn’t need to know” about one of Mr Maguire’s possible business deals, Ms Berejiklian repeated feedback made to the ICAC and the media final week that she was seemingly not listening whereas on the cellphone name.

“It didn’t cross my thoughts that there was something untoward,” she stated, including that she didn’t do any favours for Mr Maguire throughout his time in workplace.

“Each MP lobbies you for issues of their voters, and he was no completely different.”

Receiving calls from quite a few sympathisers and supporters on the conservative talkback station, the Premier stated she was “going okay”.

“I am simply grateful for members of the general public and my colleagues who’ve stored me going,” she stated.

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