Who is Carrie Symonds?
Carrie Symonds is the girlfriend of Boris Johnson, the current prime minister of the UK and the leader of the ‘Conservative Party.’ Boris assumed office on July 24, 2019. The two began dating while Carrie was working on his political campaigns. However, Carrie keeps from commenting anything much on her relationship, and they rarely make public appearances together. Boris is still married and wants to divorce his wife as soon as possible, to be with Carrie. Sources reveal that the two might get married soon. Carrie is the former director of communications of the ‘Conservative Party’ and has majorly worked on policies related to the environment and animal welfare. She presently works for the 'Bloomberg Foundation’s ‘Vibrant Oceans Initiative.' Carrie currently lives in London.
Childhood & Early Life
Carrie was born in 1988, to Matthew Symonds and his wife, Josephine McAffee. She is from East Sheen, South London.
Carrie joined 'Godolphin and Latymer School' in Hammersmith, West London, in 1999. She then graduated from the 'University of Warwick' in 2009, with a major in theater studies and history of art.
Carrie did internships at companies such as 'Fishburn Hedges,' 'Mulberry Marketing Communications,' 'Publicasity,' and 'Doner Cardwell Hawkins.'
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In July 2009, Carrie started working as an account executive for 'Mulberry Marketing Communications.' She then joined 'Lansons Communications' as a public affairs trainee executive in October 2009.
From September 2010 to February 2011, Carrie worked as a campaign and marketing director for Zac Goldsmith under the 'Richmond Park Conservative Association.' In December that year, she joined Boris’s office as a political press officer. This marked her beginning in politics.
Carrie joined the ‘Conservative Party’ as its political press advisor and then became its head of broadcast. In May 2015, she began working for British ‘Conservative Party’ politician and former UK government minister John Whittingdale. Carrie was hired as a special advisor to the department of culture, media, and sports.
She next worked under ‘Conservative’ politician Sajid Javid at the department of communities and local government. In May 2017, she became the campaign advisor for the reselected ‘Conservative Party’ candidate of Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith. That year in June, Carrie was made the director of communications for the ‘Conservative Party.’ Carrie currently works with 'Bloomberg,' leading their ecological initiative called ‘Vibrant Oceans.' She manages all communications related to the 'Save the Oceans, Feed the World' initiative, an awareness campaign to advocate against the use of plastics. She is also part of the initiative’s international marketing communications team.
Relationship with Boris
Carrie first met Boris in 2012, when she was working on the campaign for his run for the London mayor. According to sources, the two began dating in 2016. Boris was then married to barrister Marina Wheeler. On September 7, 2018, he announced that he wished to divorce Marina and that they were already separated for several months. On Valentine’s Day in 2018, Carrie and Boris were spotted at London’s oldest restaurant, 'Rules,' in Covent Garden. Earlier that year, she attended a speech Boris delivered at the ‘JCB’ head office in Staffordshire.
Later, in March 2018, Carrie threw an “alcohol-fuelled 30th birthday bash.’’ The pictures from the party were all over social media. Boris and his colleagues, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid, attended the party. In another instance, when Boris and Carrie hosted a champagne and canape New Year party, the pictures of the two getting intimate circulated on all major social-media platforms.
In July 2019, during Boris’s speech on becoming the leader of the ‘Conservative Party,’ Carrie maintained a low profile, as she did not want to become a distraction to him on the most important day of his life. She also did not want to project her relationship much in the media, since Boris is yet to divorce his wife.
Family & Personal Life
Carrie’s father, Matthew, is the co-founder of the British online newspaper 'The Independent.' Her mother is a lawyer.
In 2007, Carrie had a horrific experience when serial rapist John Worboys offered her a lift in his car while she was waiting at a bus stop on King’s Road in West London. He even quoted a lesser fare. Back then, John worked as a black cab driver and often picked up his victims while at work.
John offered Carrie a glass of champagne, which she drank. He then stopped the cab and joined her in the backseat, challenging vodka shots for £50. He also offered her a free lift to her home. Carrie accepted everything John offered that day, as she just wanted to reach home. She still does not have any memory of what happened next. Carrie, however, later revealed in one of her interviews that it was stupid of her to accept drinks from a stranger.
Carrie later found out that John had assaulted only those women who had expressed outrage. Since she did not remember anything about that incident, it did not affect her much. She continued her studies at 'Warwick.'