AN Italian showgirl who was propelled into politics under the patronage of Silvio Berlusconi now feels "abandoned" by the former prime minister.
Nicole Minetti used to call the tycoon the "love of my life" but now says he will not even take her phone calls.
Mr Berlusconi (76) is reportedly preparing to relaunch his political career and contest elections in the spring, despite being embroiled in sex scandals and corruption trials.
Miss Minetti (pictured) was controversially made a councillor in Lombardy's regional government, despite having no political experience, but now says she is disenchanted with Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
She is relaunching her career as a model and has posed for a lingerie company. (© Daily Telegraph, London)