THE man who was set to marry Barnaby Joyce’s lover just months before she fell pregnant with the Deputy Prime Minister’s child has spoken for the first time of their heartbreaking split.
Journalist turned media consultant John Bergin told news.com.au that he and former journalist Vikki Campion were due to marry on November 5, 2016.
The wedding was set to take place before a celebrant at a venue in Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, but sadly the pair broke up three months before they could exchange vows.
“We split in August 2016 and we haven’t spoken to each other since,” Mr Bergin said.
Ms Campion was hired by the Nationals in 2016 to assist the party at a federal level, working on the federal election campaign and quickly becoming Mr Joyce’s right-hand woman.
In February 2017 — less than three months after Ms Campion was due to have married Mr Bergin — she was photographed in a Glebe bar with Mr Joyce.
That April, according to Miranda Devine, Mr Joyce’s wife of 24 years, Natalie, confronted Ms Campion in a Tamworth street, calling her a “homewrecker”.
“Friends say the office stopped telling her what was in his diary and a wife’s intuition kicked in,” Devine wrote.
“She stormed up to Vikki in Tamworth and tore strips off her, a furious little pocket rocket facing up to a frightened gazelle.
“She called Vikki a ‘homewrecker’ in front of witnesses.”
Asked if he believed his break-up with Ms Campion had anything to do with her burgeoning relationship with Mr Joyce, he said he would “rather not comment on such matters”.
“I’m just a spectator in this, like everybody else,” he said.
News.com.au contacted Mr Bergin after rumours started circulating on social media about Ms Campion’s so-called jilted husband.
A screenshot of Mr Bergin and Ms Campion’s wedding gift registry on Amazon started circulating over the weekend after it was posted by Twitter user BubblingRivers, who said: “Bergin had a VERY lucky escape it would seem. Bit rough on him this whole shitty affair.”
Later, pictures of Ms Campion’s engagement ring popped up on Twitter, along with claims that she had refused to return it to Mr Bergin.
“That is not true. That is not the case,” Mr Bergin told news.com.au. “It seems that some people feel like they can just make things up.”
Before becoming a political staffer, Ms Campion worked for eight years as a journalist with the Daily Telegraph, where she was on the newsdesk for seven months until July 2014.
Months before it was reported that Ms Campion was pregnant with Mr Joyce’s baby, she began withdrawing from public view.
On December 7, the Nationals leader used the parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage to confirm he was no longer with Natalie, the mother of his four daughters.
Mr Bergin also denied claims made on social media that he was “suicidal” after breaking up with Ms Campion. “The break up was amicable. I’ve moved on,” he told news.com.au.
Mr Joyce and Ms Campion are living together in Armidale at a residence owned by a local millionaire, who is reportedly not charging them rent.
The baby, believed to be a boy, is due in April.
Nationals senator Nigel Scullion has told Sky News he has ‘no idea’ who approves the staff transfers within his party. Labor is demanding to know whether Mr Joyce approved transferring his now-partner Vikki Campion to two highly paid positions with the Nationals. The prime minister says Mr Joyce has not breached ministerial standards, which bans MPs from employing their partners within their or another’s office.
‘No idea’ about Barnaby’s staff transfers: Nationals senator
Originally published as Barnaby’s lover’s cancelled wedding