I, and Conservative Austria, was shocked to discover today that the late leader of the far right Alliance for the Future of Austria, Jorg Haider, was in fact in a long term gay relationship… despite being a married father of two. Stefan Petzner – the 27-year-old who recently replaced Haider as leader of the right wing Alliance for the Future of Austria and has often appeared in tears on television since his death – effectively outed himself as the deceased’s gay lover while being interviewed on an Austrian radio breakfast show.
“I had to go to him. I had to go to him,” Mr Petzner said in his highly emotional interview as he recalled how he rushed to the hospital where the dead body of 58-year-old Haider was lying after his fatal crash in early October. Admitting that he felt a “magnetic attraction” for Haider, whom he met five years ago while working as a cosmetics reporter, Mr Petzner insisted: “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Jörg and I were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life.”
Mr Petzner has since been dismissed from his new position after revealing the affair. Haiders death in a drink and drive crash earlier this month sent shockwaves around Austria. His funeral was lavish and almost like a ‘heros funeral’. This revelation, which had long been suspected, will send further shockwaves around a deeply conservative country.