It's been six years since FDP politician Guido Westerwelle died at the age of just 54. At that time he left his long-time partner Michael Mronz. Now the widower has finally found a new love.
There was a time when the FDP was hard to imagine without Guido Westerwelle. For ten years - from 2001 to 2011 - he was head of the party. From 2009 to 2013 he was also a member of the federal government as foreign minister and vice chancellor.
Westerwelle has made no secret of his homosexuality. From 2003 he had a steady partner in manager Michael Mronz. In 2010, the two entered into a registered civil partnership.
The fact that Westerwelle's political career ended abruptly had to do with the diagnosis he received in 2014. It was determined that he was suffering from acute leukemia. Treatment attempts with chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation failed. On March 18, 2016, Westerwelle succumbed to cancer at the age of just 54.
Since then, Mronz has been managing his ex-husband's legacy, including as chairman of the Westerwelle Foundation. It was not previously known that he had found new happiness privately. But now the 55-year-old seems to be in love again.
The "Bild" newspaper reports that there is a new man at Mronz's side. He is said to be the lawyer Markus Felten from Darmstadt. The two have already attended events together, including the belated celebration of the 85th birthday of Helmut Markwort, founder of the magazine "Focus".
"That's right. I wasn't there alone. That will often be the case in the future," quoted the newspaper Mronz when asked. In other words, the chances are good that he's back in good hands. Of course, it would always be desirable for him.