Bill Johnson, a former Republican official who nearly became Alabama’s governor in 2010, has fled the country to focus on his “obsession” with sperm donation, his wife told a New Zealand newspaper on Saturday.
Johnson’s wife Kathy told The New Zealand Herald that her husband, who’s fallen off the U.S. political radar since being outed in December as the father of numerous children through sperm donation, has become “obsessed” with fathering other women’s children and opted several months ago to move overseas and be with them.
“He wants me to move over there,” she reportedly said. “He’s not coming back.”
“I will not chase him to the other side of the world so he can be a part-time father to children he created with other women,” she added.
Confronted in a diner by a Herald reporter, Johnson said that his wife was unable to get pregnant and that being a father is “a need that I have.” The newspaper said three New Zealand women were pregnant with Johnson’s children, and at least nine received sperm donations from him.
“This is a really, really difficult time for our family,” his wife reportedly explained. “I’m still in disbelief and very hurt, and our family has a lot of healing to do.”
Johnson, who formerly led Alabama’s office on economic and community affairs, lost his bid for the governorship in 2010 to current Governor Robert Bentley, who defeated Johnson in the Republican primary.
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