SILVIO Berlusconi latest girlfriend has said her life revolves around just three things – her family, politics and Mr Berlusconi.
Francesca Pascale, who at 27 is nearly 50 years his junior, is a former shop assistant from Naples, and served as a provincial councillor in Mr Berlusconi's centre-Right party until she stepped down in July.
The romance was confirmed by Daniela Santanche, an MP in Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
"Berlusconi introduces her as his girlfriend... I know her as his girlfriend," said Miss Santanche.
Berlusconi (76) is embarking on an audacious campaign to become prime minister of Italy for the fourth time.