Jennifer Arcuri has revealed she saved Boris Johnson's phone number under the code name "Alexander the Great" to protect his identity, as she came under pressure to explain her relationship with the Prime Minister while working as a tech entrepreneur in London.
Ms Arcuri has refused to say whether she was in an intimate relationship with Mr Johnson. Arcuri said that they had bonded over their "mutual love of classic literature". And he was always a really good friend.
She added: "I feel like that mutual interest nearly endeared him to me from the get-go because we found something we both liked and we were both passionate about London".
"It's really categorically no-one's business what private life we had, or didn't have".
"I really am not going to answer that question", Arcuri told ITV.
"I wish him well. He didn't know about my asking to go to trips".
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being investigated for an alleged conflict of interest over his friendship with a U.S. businesswoman. The prime minister said last week when asked about his dealings with Arcuri, "Everything was done entirely in the proper way". It's absolute crap. I'm not going to answer this question.
In her first broadcast interview since her ties to Johnson were reported, Arcuri told ITV's "Good Morning Britain" show that when Johnson was London mayor, he visited her apartment in east London a "handful of times", somewhere between five and 10.
She said the pair "tried having drinks out in public or having lunch" but "it just became too much of a mob show", and so she said that he should instead "come to my office".
"Boris had nothing to do with my other achievements".
The GLA said the allegations were that Johnson had a friendship with Arcuri and as a result of that friendship allowed her to participate in trade missions and receive sponsorship.
"He sat down with his tea and started muttering", she said.
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Asked by Reid whether she "feels betrayed", Arcuri replied "Of course", but suggested that Johnson had a lot on "his plate right now", adding that she doesn't need him right now, but Britain does.
The model turned technology entrepreneur refused to answer when asked whether she had had a sexual relationship with Boris Johnson, but insisted that he "never ever gave me any favouritism". When asked for comment on Monday, he said: "I have really said everything I want to say about that". "I would love to ask you a few questions".
The Prime Minister has been accused of giving Ms Arcuri favourable treatment and taxpayer funding.
"I want him to stay focused on the job".
It concerns the 34-year-old reportedly receiving £126,000 ($155,255) in public funds, as well as access to three foreign trade missions in 2014 and 2015, during the United Kingdom prime minister's time as London mayor (2008-2016).
The Sunday Times has reported that the businesswoman confided to four friends that they had been engaged in an affair during his time as mayor.
Despite the mayor's backing, Ms Arcuri is not believed to have been shortlisted for the role.
Johnson and Arcuri struck up a friendship when he was Mayor of London back in 2011 and they've been at the centre of a media storm lately.
"The pole stood in the living room, yes, he saw the pole", she said.
Ms Arcuri was said to have been a 27-year-old student at the time of applying for the £100,000-a-year job.
When asked directly whether Mr Johnson had ever used the pole, Ms Arcuri said: "I'm never going to tell you that".
The government has since frozen a £100,000 grant to Ms Arcuri's company, Hacker House, pending a review.