Rupert Murdoch and Ann Lesley Smith call off engagement

It would have been the Fox Corporation chairman's fifth marriage

Rupert Murdoch in New York. AFP
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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith have called off their engagement, a source confirmed on Tuesday.

The 92-year-old Fox Corporation chairman and Ms Smith had planned to marry this summer.

It would have been Mr Murdoch's fifth marriage.

Vanity Fair first reported the break-up, citing a source close to Mr Murdoch as saying he had grown uncomfortable with Ms Smith’s outspoken evangelical views.

Mr Murdoch and Ms Smith, 66, met in September at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air, California, and he called her two weeks later, Mr Murdoch told News Corp-owned New York Post, which broke the news of the engagement.

Ms Smith is a widow whose late husband was Chester Smith, a country singer, radio and TV executive.

On March 17 in New York, Mr Murdoch presented Ms Smith with an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring, according to the Post.

“I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” Mr Murdoch told the Post at the time.

Updated: April 04, 2023, 8:34 PM