Miliband and Balls dated same woman
Published 09/07/2013 | 12:22
He said there was "a long time apart" between their relationships with the journalist, who is now the BBC's Economics Editor.
The Labour leader also said he was fighting a "battle of the bulge" to beat middle-age spread and described wife Justine Thornton as "the rock of my life".
In a highly personal interview with Now magazine the Labour leader was asked whether it was "weird" that he and Mr Balls had dated the same woman. He said: "We did both date her but there was a long time apart between me and Ed. Stephanie and I don't have any problems running into each other now."
Mr Miliband said he was a "late developer" when it came to romance.
"I was quite square and serious. Girls came a bit later - university and after", he said.
Asked if he had a fitness regime, the Labour leader acknowledged he had to be careful about what he ate and saw a personal trainer twice a week.
He said: "It's the battle of the bulge. It's so easy to be a man in your forties and to put on weight, it really is. I try to be careful with what I eat - I don't eat lots of desserts and bread with my meal. I see my personal trainer a couple of times a week - he gets me running. There are unflattering pictures to show for it."
The MP and Ms Thornton called each other "sweetie", Mr Miliband said, and added: "I really feel so lucky. She's so much the rock of my life. It sounds a bit corny. But I wouldn't be doing this job and I wouldn't be happy without her."
But Mr Miliband acknowledged she probably had a "long list" of things about him which annoyed her, including reading his BlackBerry at dinner time. He added: "I think it was Justine's idea to stop taking my phone on holiday. We have her phone and it means people are less likely to ring."