Sure. I’m not a playboy, I’m a play-uomo [Playman]…In all these over-hyped descriptions of my relations with women, with the opposite sex, the only thing they have never accused me of is being gay.
I have nothing against homosexuals, let it be clear. Quite the contrary. I always thought the more gay people around, the less competition.
I’m kidding. No, those who want to criticize me create a misunderstanding and take advantage of this disposition of my character. In Italy, they know me. They know what I’m like, that I’m correct, a good guy, I’m respectful of others. … They don’t think that what is reported in newspapers is the truth.”
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, discussing his reputation for being a skirt-chaser, in The Atlantic