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Are Wendi Deng & Vladimir Putin Dating?

Are Wendi Deng & Vladimir Putin Dating?

Rumors are flying that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is dating Vladimir Putin.

Deng is currently on vacation with her family in St. Barts and was spotted enjoying some R&R on Roman Abramovich's yacht. Abramovich is a friend of Putin's, while Deng is close friends with Abramovich’s partner Dasha Zhukova.

Us Weekly claims that Wendi and Vladimir’s rumored relationship is “serious.” The two, who have not been spotted together, have not commented on the rumors.

In 2013, Putin split from wife Lyudmila after 30 years of marriage, while Deng and Murdoch ended their 14-year marriage the same year. After his divorce, the Russian president was linked to Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who eventually became pregnant. Many claimed he was the father of her baby, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the reports. He told Forbes Russia in March 2015, “Information that a child has been born to Vladimir Putin is not true. I am planning to appeal to people who have money to organize a competition for best journalistic hoax.”