BBC newsman Frank Gardner, 57, and mystery woman are seen ‘snogging like two teenagers’ in south London pub after split with wife of 21 yearsSecurity correspondent Frank Gardner pictured with a woman in a London pub The father-of-two, 57, was gunned down by Al Qaeda sympathisers in 2004 Last year BBC journalist separated from wife Amanda after 21…
BBC newsman Frank Gardner, 57, and mystery woman are seen ‘snogging like two teenagers’ in south London pub after split with wife of 21 years
- Security correspondent Frank Gardner pictured with a woman in a London pub
- The father-of-two, 57, was gunned down by Al Qaeda sympathisers in 2004
- Last year BBC journalist separated from wife Amanda after 21 years of marriage
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner has reportedly been seen with a mystery woman ‘snogging like teenagers’ in a London pub.
The 57-year-old journalist and author was reportedly spotted with the woman in Putney, south west London.
Mr Gardner was gunned down by a group of Al Qaeda sympathisers as he finished a television report in Saudi Arabia in 2004, leaving him with a severed spine and partly paralysed in the legs.
The father-of-two last year separated from his wife Amanda, after 21 years of marriage.
Frank Gardner (pictured leaving the BBC after filming for The Andrew Marr Show in February 2017). Mr Gardner was allegedly seen with a ‘mystery woman’ in a south-west London pub
Mr Gardner with his wife Amanda at the London Film Festival in October 2007. The pair have two daughters aged 19 and 20. They split last year after 21 years of marriage
Mr Gardner met his wife Amanda Jane Pearson when she gatecrashed a party he was throwing in Bahrain and the couple went on to have two daughters, Sasha, now 20, and Melissa, 19.
The pair got married in 1997 and Mr Gardner praised his wife in previous interviews for supporting him when he was receiving treatment in hospital and later, confined to a wheelchair.
While his website states he is still married, his agent told MailOnline the couple split last year.
One onlooker at the pub told The Sun Mr Gardner and his companion were ‘literally all over each other.’
The witness added: ‘They were like two teens snogging away. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other.’
Mr Gardner worked in the oil business and as a banker specialising in Saudi Arabia before he joined the BBC in the Nineties.
He became security correspondent in 2002 and went on to become a bestselling author with four books to his name.
In 2004, Gardner and his cameraman Simon Cumbers were working in Saudi Arabia. They were gunned down by a group of Al Qaeda sympathisers
In 2004, Gardner and his cameraman Simon Cumbers were working in Saudi Arabia, finishing a piece for television.
They were shot six times at close range by a group of Al Qaeda sympathisers and Cumbers was killed while Gardner was left for dead.
His legs have minimal sensation from the knees down, while above the knee he can feel them but can ‘barely move them’.
Despite his injuries, Mr Gardner returned to work and was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 2005.
He continued to cover stories in danger zones around the world, including Afghanistan and Colombia.
Adel Al-Dhubaiti, the man who murdered his colleague, was later caught and sentenced to death, and executed in Saudi Arabia in January 2016.
The BBC declined to comment. Mr Gardner’s agent declined to comment but confirmed he and his wife separated in 2018.
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