EXCLUSIVE: ‘Rupert and Ann-Lesley met in November…they are very happy’: Rupert Murdoch is spotted vacationing with the widow of a country music legend
- The 91-year-old billionaire was seen soaking up the sun in Barbados
- He was with former police chaplain Ann-Lesley Smith
- Less than six months have passed since his divorce from fourth wife Jerry Hall
It has been less than six months since his divorce from his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, was finalized.
But media baron Rupert Murdoch has been spotted vacationing with a new girlfriend.
The 91-year-old billionaire was seen soaking up the Barbados sun with Ann-Lesley Smith, 66, a former police chaplain and widow of American country music star Chester Smith.
The couple, who met in November, dined on a public beach with Ms Smith wearing a yellow halter bikini and matching sarong with a large diamond crucifix pendant. They would spend time on the Caribbean island at the invitation of British billionaire Anthony Bamford, chairman of JCB.
Sunbathing: Rupert Murdoch and Mrs Smith vacation together in the Caribbean
Ms Smith graduated from college in the 1970s and before she married the singer – who also owned 13 TV stations in California and Oregon – was in an abusive first marriage which she said the led her to find God and become a volunteer police chaplain in Marin. County, California.
Now a local radio presenter, she told the American Christian Broadcast Network, “As I began to walk with God, the things of the world just seemed unnecessary to me.”
She and Smith released an album, Captured by Love, in 2005. Three years later, he died of a heart attack at the age of 78.
Devout Christian: Ann-Lesley Smith on the Beach
Ms Smith wears a yellow halter bikini and matching sarong with a large diamond crucifix pendant
Making Music: Ann-Lesley with singer Chester Smith in 2005
2016: Murdoch marries former flame of Mick Jagger
Mr. Murdoch has been divorced four times. He was married to former flight attendant Patricia Booker from 1956 to 1967 and journalist Anna Torv from 1967 to 1998. He later married Chinese-born entrepreneur Wendy Deng, 38 years his junior, but filed for divorce in 2013.
Mr Murdoch married Ms Hall, former longtime partner of Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger, two months after their surprise engagement was announced in The Times in 2016.
The former model, 66, filed for divorce in July last year. Last night a friend of Mr Murdoch said: ‘He seems very happy.