Cleggs’ secret of a happy marriage

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Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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The secret of Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez’ marriage is “laughing a lot and having big arguments”.

The Deputy Prime Minister has had a number of spats with his coalition colleagues in Government, and his wife said that rows play a part in their domestic life too.

In a joint interview with Red magazine, Mr Clegg said he would not use the popularity of his wife to help improve his public image.

“We’re husband and wife,” he said. “I don’t think of Miriam as some sort of PR seesaw. It would literally never occur to me.”

The pair have been married since 2000 and have three sons. Explaining the success of their relationship, Ms Gonzalez Durantez said: ” I think the secret is laughing a lot and having big arguments. If you can get over that before you go to bed, that’s fine.”

The pair met when they were students in Bruges and, according to Mr Clegg, it was “total thunderbolt stuff” – even though they had to communicate in French as they did not speak each other’s language.

Mr Clegg said she was wearing “this dark green velvet thing” while he was “this pimply Brit, trying to impress her”, but Mr Clegg did not speak his wife’s native Spanish at the time, and “how can I put this politely – Miriam’s English was not very, strong, at this point”.

Both the Deputy Prime Minister and his wife, an international lawyer, share childcare duties for their three sons Antonio, Alberto and Miguel, b ut Mr Clegg admitted: “I’m afraid equality does not prevail in the kitchen.”

Ms Gonzalez Durantez, a partner with law firm Dechert, said: “I believe that every single woman can choose what they do with their lives – as men do – and not have to give explanations to society about what they have chosen. That’s that.”

She is involved with the Inspiring Women campaign, which sends successful female role models in to secondary schools in an effort to encourage teenage girls to think about their career options.

Reflecting on her work and the experiences of previous generations of women in Spain she said: “I’ve become much more practical. I sometimes get tired of all the talk. I do think it is important, talking, don’t get me wrong. But we need to match it with some actions.

“I feel terribly indebted to the previous generation of women in my country. They couldn’t have a current account, couldn’t travel without the permission of their husbands. It was my mother’s generation that jumped forwards. Things that I take for granted in my life didn’t happen by chance; they happened because many people made an effort.”

Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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  • Kevin Marshall

    ”Cleggs’ secret of a happy marriage” ? Never needing a food bank…..

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