Did Tony Blair break up the marriage between 82-year old Rupert Murdoch and his 44-year old wife, Wendi Deng?
BBC financial correspondent Robert Peston, who is close friends with many of Mr Murdoch's key lieutenants, including News Corp CEO Robert Thomson, kicked the rumour frenzy off when he tweeted yesterday: "Am also told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for wanting to know what they are."
He added ominously: "Rumor about the big B is everywhere except in print."
He confirmed "B" was Mr Blair after Mr Blair's spokesman issued a denial to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Tony Blair has denied an affair with Wendi Murdoch, so open discussion officially begins," he tweeted.
It is no secret that Blair is close to Murdoch and Deng.
Mr Blair, who was British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, is godfather to their two children, Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9. He has been married to his wife Cherie for 33 years.
Ms Deng, 44, is reportedly close to several powerful men, including Mr Blair and Google chief Eric Schmidt.
Ever since she intimated to the New York Times last year that she and Mr Murdoch were living independent lives, speculation has mounted that their marriage was on the rocks.
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