Family & Pets
The "bombshell" Richard Wilkins claim that shocked Studio 10 viewers
Richard Wilkins is no stranger to public scrutiny, especially after having fathered five children by four different women.
And the modern-day Casanova found himself in the line of fire on Thursday when the cast of Studio 10 joked that he may have an illegitimate child no one knows about.
The mockery began after a segment aired about a famous singer who only recently found out that he has a long-lost child, which prompted comedian Merrick Watts to suggest Richard could be the culprit.
Angela Bishop began the segment by reporting that the famous celebrity was forced to take a paternity test under court orders.
She initially didn’t reveal the identity of the singer, but then later admitted that the man in question was Julio Iglesias.
In the middle of Angela trying to tease who the mystery man could be, Merrick joked: “It’s not Richard Wilkins, is it?”
Looking taken aback, Sarah Harris and Kerri-Anne Kennerley were visibly surprised by the suggestion, but couldn’t hold back their laughter.
“It’s a legitimate question!” added Merrick.
Richard has five biological children: Adam, 45, Rebecca, 35, Nick, 33, Christian, 23, and Estella, 14.
His girlfriend Virginia Burmeister has three children of her own from a previous relationship.
He welcomed his first child on his 18th birthday, who he shares with his ex-girlfriend Lynette, who at the time was 16-years-old.
Despite marrying within a year after giving birth, the two broke up and Richard moved to Australia from New Zealand to pursue a career in pop music.
The 65-year-old then married for the second time and had two more children, a daughter, Rebecca, and a son, Nick.
After that marriage ended, Richard had a number of flings before meeting his third and final wife Michelle Burke, whom he shares one son with, Christian.
His fifth child came after splitting from Michelle, a daughter Estella, with fashion designer Collette Dinnigan.
He has been dating Virginia Burmeister since October 2017.
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