Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken for the first time about his "strong" marriage to his wife of 13 years, Ffion - in a bid to stop "hurtful speculation".
The Conservative politician gave a highly personal statement designed to counter allegations that he had an affair with a male aide.
In it, Mr Hague revealed that the couple "would love to start a family" - but have been blighted by infertility problems.
"Sadly this has proved more difficult for us than for most couples," he said.
"We have encountered many difficulties and suffered multiple miscarriages, and indeed are still grieving for the loss of a pregnancy this summer."
The 49-year-old said that allegations that he'd had a relationship with special adviser Christopher Myers were "untrue and malicious".
His 25-year-old assistant had resigned in the wake of the allegations because of "the pressure on his family", said Mr Hague.
Speculation began when it emerged the pair shared a twin bedded hotel room on the election campaign trail.