An image shared online shows Austrian singer Conchita Wurst with her business manager Andre Karsai, not Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel “with his wife”. Bettel is married to a man named Gauthier Destenay.
Each of the posts claim the photo shows the Prime Minister of Luxembourg with his wife apparently attending a black tie event, one of them in a black suit and the other in a white dress.
However, the picture shows Austrian singer and bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst – the stage name of Thomas Neuwirth – attending the 2019 Vienna Opera Ball with her business manager Andre Karsai.
It has been attributed to Austrian photographer Jeff Mangione (www.jeffmangione.com/) and the Austrian newspaper Kurier (here and here) in articles published on February 28, 2019 — the day of the event — and March 1.
On February 28, 2019, Conchita posted a photo on Instagram of herself wearing the same dress seen in the image currently circulating online, along with a caption stating that she would be attending the prom. Vienna Opera (here). Karsai also posted on Instagram about the pair attending the event (here).
Bettel is also not married to a woman. His wife is a certain Gauthier Destenay. Photos of the pair can be found in this Reuters report here and on the PM’s official Instagram account herewhich reveal that the pair don’t look like Conchita or her business manager.
Wrong caption. The image does not show the Prime Minister of Luxembourg with his wife. He captured Conchita Wurst attending the 2019 Vienna Opera Ball with her business manager.
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