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Bettina Wulff Bio

Meet Germany's New First Lady

Today Germany swore in its youngest post-World War II president — 51-year-old Christian Wulff. This generally would be of no interest to anyone outside Germany, as Chancellor Angela Merkel will remain the country's international face, except Wulff has a stylish, young wife: 36-year-old Bettina Wulff.

With a 5'11" beauty in Bellevue Palace, Germans finally have their own Michelle Obama/Carla Bruni/Samantha Cameron to obsess over. And they have high hopes! A bad translation of "Bettina Wulf — die Deutsch Carla Bruni?" says "she smiles away any government crisis."

With these expectations, maybe we will be hearing more! Find facts to get you started on Bettina below.

  • A single mom: Before Christian Wulff left his wife of 18 years for her, she was a single mom. "I wasn't waiting for someone to come along and sweep me off my feet," she once said. "I always assumed that I was going to have to take care of myself and I've kept doing that all along."
  • Has a tattoo on her shoulder: Joining Samantha Cameron in the tattooed first-wives club, Bettina was spotted covering up a tattoo on her shoulder after her husband's election Wednesday. Michelle Obama is now being called upon to

Despite the scandalous beginnings of her marriage, which could ruin most men's political ambitions, the couple's natural chemistry and Bettina's likability seems to have saved Christian Wulff's.

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nguidjol nguidjol 5 years
I am not a big fan of Sarkozy whatsoever, but he didn't leave his wife for Carla Bruni. Cecilia and Sarkozy were already separated when he starting seeing Carla.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
I guess in Germany we really aren't that obsessed with politicians personal lives...I stringly dislike the guy and everything he stands for, but him cheating has nothing to with it. I don't think it affects his job...
bryseana bryseana 5 years
It's sad when husbands leave their wives after so many years.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
Yikes. She certainly is the next Carla Bruni. Apparently Wulff left his wife for Bettina much like Sarkozy left his for Carla.
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