Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini gets dumped — on Instagram

TV presenter Elisa Isoardi with interior minister Matteo Salvini. Photograph:( Instagram )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 06, 2018, 11.36 AM (IST)

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s girlfriend dumped him Monday on Instagram. The pair had been together for three years.  

Elisa Isoardi, 35, a former model who hosts the Italian version of Ready Steady Cook, announced the end of their relationship with a photograph of the couple in bed. 

"It’s not what we gave each other that I will miss but what we still could have given each other… With enormous respect for the true love that was, thank you, Matteo," Isoardi captioned the picture. 

Salvini is currently in Ghana for talks on migration and prevention of West Africans from trying to reach Europe via Libya.

Salvini responded on his own Instagram and Facebook account by posting a picture of himself with his arms outstretched, captioned: "I never made public my private life, and I won't start doing it now... I loved, I forgave, surely I also made mistakes, but I believed it all the way. Pity someone had other priorities."

The reason for the couples break-up remains unclear. 

Salvini has been an ardent user of social media, using Facebook and Twitter to announce policies, criticise opponents and garner support.

He has more than 900,000 followers on Twitter and 3.3 million followers on Facebook.

Last Friday, a poll showed that most Italians viewed Salvini as the real head of government, with just one in six casting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in that role.

He has essentially managed to double national support for his party, the anti-immigration League, from 17 per cent to 34 per cent.

Story highlights

TV presenter and former model Elisa Isoardi, 35, did not say why she was dumping Salvini. Isoardi hosts the Italian version of Ready Steady Cook.