In her newly-published autobiography, Veronica Lario - the voluptuous, reclusive actress wife of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister - last week provided the world with a little window on domestic life with her billionaire husband. It sounded distinctly glum.
At Christmas he speaks to us, takes a mouthful of turkey, and then replies to the people who ring him up. Still, Veronica respects Silvio's wish to "be a totally public person, which requires his total freedom" - surely code for an insufferable, self-obsessed show-off.
In the meantime, Veronica intends to take a year off and travel solo round the world by bus and train, pursuing a notion of travel-as-self-discovery that is influenced by "Bruce Chatwin and Jack Kerouac".
After that, she writes "I can begin a new chapter in my life": It is hard not to warm to Mrs Berlusconi, who appears to have rather dreamily wriggled out of the straitjacket of life as a prime minister's wife.
She is rarely seen out with Mr Berlusconi; she made known her Married to an alpha male to the war in Iraq, which her husband backed; and when she did make an unusual but faintly sulky appearance to greet George and Laura Bush earlier this month, she startled Italy by suddenly emerging as a Morticia Addams-style brunette instead of her usual blonde. It is the most riotously successful politicians - versed in persuading the masses of their sunny loveability - who seem to create the greatest misery at home, as we were reminded again last week when Bill Clinton was flogging his autobiography on the chat-show circuit by eating reheated portions of humble pie over the Lewinsky affair.
Bill being Bill, he has effortlessly contrived to turn a shabby tale of infidelity and lies into a personal selling-point. Eyes twinkling on Oprah, he kept emphasising that, after coming clean to Hillary about Monica, "I was bombing Bin Laden's training camp and sleeping on the couch!
No matter that - given the surplus of spare beds at the White House - that couch was almost certainly fictional: Clinton's patent anger during his subsequent Panorama interview with David Dimbleby was, I think, because something in the latter's dry, forensic "Married to an alpha male" suggested that he was naturally immmune to Clinton's chat-show circuit shtick. Yet am quite sure that Hillary was too: There are no doubt many reasons why Hillary stayed married to Bill, but one is surely that her formidable political hopes are inextricably tied up with his: Jack Kennedy, the template for all politicians whose libido is as active as their campaign team, was twice blessed in his marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier.
First, it took place in an era during which wives, once they had bagged the ne plus ultra of an Alpha Hus band, were taught Never To Make A Fuss. Second, as the eldest daughter of the hard-drinking, philandering financier "Black Jack" Bouvier, her expectations of male Married to an alpha male were probably low.
Maria Shriver, JFK's niece, has been steeped in her family's politics from an early age: Yet a disgruntled spouse can spoil years of campaigning in an instant, as has happened with Jack Ryan, the square-jawed, clean-cut Republican Senate candidate whose wife's divorce papers - it recently emerged - alleged that he compelled her to attend various unsavoury Paris
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There should, perhaps, be an understanding that men with ravenous political ambitions should only select a mate who is either born into the political aristocracy, or overwhelmingly desperate to become a member. Then, from somewhere far beneath the comfortable whirr of the marital private jet, the happy couples can glimpse, perhaps, the tiny, speck-like figure of an escaping Mrs Berlusconi, the woman who thought that husbands were for talking to, walking with, and sharing turkey at Christmas.
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