Sunday, March 13, 2011

I married BANKSY

Revealed: The Labour researcher who married in a Las Vegas chapel and became the very secretive Mrs Banksy

By Andy Whelan
Last updated at 2:11 AM on 13th March 2011
Unmasked: We revealed Banksy was ex-public schoolboy Robin Gunningham
Unmasked: We revealed Banksy was ex-public schoolboy Robin Gunningham

Like her husband, Joy Millward is elusive. Perhaps that’s unsurprising – because to her closest friends she is also known as Mrs Banksy, secret wife of the world’s most controversial artist.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Banksy, who made his name with his stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art in public spaces, married 31-year-old Ms Millward, a former researcher for a Labour MP, at a Las Vegas chapel in 2006.
And from that day it seems she has had to get used to life in the shadows.
Last week her family denied knowledge of the wedding and her business partner initially said she had never heard of her.
Which is probably how Banksy, the Scarlet Pimpernel of modern art, likes it. For years his success was built partly on his anonymity and the myths surrounding him.
His identity was a jealously guarded secret, with many imagining him to be a radical tearaway from an inner-city estate.
But three years ago The Mail on Sunday unmasked him as Robin Gunningham, a former public schoolboy who grew up in middle-class suburbia.
Ms Millward’s upbringing was similarly comfortable. She was raised in Stourbridge in the West Midlands by her businessman father David and mother Janice.
Bright but reserved, she is understood to have gained a politics degree from Bristol University, then headed for London.