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Italian PM wants teenage lingerie model to be MP

world Updated: May 10, 2009 21:50 IST
Italian PM wants teenage lingerie model to be MP

The teenage lingerie model who appears to have brought Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the brink of divorce, says the Italian leader wants her to be an MP.

"Papi [Daddy] Silvio will fix it," Noemi Letizia was quoted as saying in an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica.

Berlusconi's wife Veronica Lario, an ex-actress, complained publicly about her 72-year-old husband's appearance at Letizia's 18th birthday celebrations before announcing last week she was divorcing him after 19 years of marriage.

But Letizia said: "Papi brought me up. He's always been kind to me. One year he gave me a little diamond; another time, a small necklace. I adore him."

"He calls me, he tells me he has some free time and I join him in Milan or Rome. I stay there listening to him. That's what he wants from me. Then we sing together," she was reported as saying.

The prime minister also told her dirty jokes, the paper reported, according to The Times of London.

Asked whether she hoped to stand in forthcoming regional elections, she replied: "No. I'd prefer to stand for the lower house of parliament. Papi Silvio will fix it."

She also denied rumours that she was Berlusconi's illegitimate daughter.