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Fact Check-Image shows Austrian singer Conchita Wurst with a business leader, not the Prime Minister of Luxembourg “with his wife”

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.

The photo was posted in various forms on Facebook (here and here) and on Twitter (here), where it has been shared over 740 times.

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.

Other versions can be seen on Facebook here, here, here and here.

Replies to the widely circulated tweet seem to suggest that people believe the image depicts Bettel “with his wife” (here, here, here and here).

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).

Xavier Bettel’s social media posts on the same day and subsequent days make no reference to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg attending the event (Twitter bit.ly/3y7BhBjinstagram here and 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.

Complaint has been handled by other outlets here, here and here.

VERDICT

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.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Learn more about our fact-checking work here.