KTLA reporter Lu Parker's rep confirmed today that she and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have split up, ending their relationship after about three years. The LA Times has been asking Villaraigosa in recent weeks to explain his status with Parker, but his answers had been evasive. She had been living at Getty House and registered to vote there since 2010.
“I can confirm that Lu Parker ended her three-year committed relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as of May 25,” Juliette Harris, the owner of It Girl Public Relations, told the Times.
Parker, 44, had rarely been seen with the mayor in recent weeks. She attended Villaraigosa’s State of the City speech on April 20 and walked the red carpet with him a week later at Britweek, an event celebrating California’s ties with Great Britain. But she did not show up at a June 6 garden party hosted by Villaraigosa at Getty House, the taxpayer-owned mansion in Windsor Square that serves as the mayor’s residence. And it was Villaraigosa Deputy Chief of Staff Matt Szabo, not Parker, who rode with the mayor in West Hollywood’s gay pride parade three days later.
Over the last three weeks, Villaraigosa has repeatedly declined to answer questions from The Times about the status of his relationship with Parker -- calling one reporter an “idiot” for asking. He has also refused to say whether Parker has moved out of Getty House.
On Wednesday, Villaraigosa discussed the breakup five years ago of his marriage to Corina Villaraigosa during an appearance at Loyola Marymount University. But when asked afterward about his relationship with Parker, he said: “My personal life isn’t any of your business any more than yours is mine.”
Here's a story at KPCC's website on Villaraigosa's comments at Loyola Marymount. He got together with Parker after his whole situation with Mirthala Salinas ended. Salinas disclosed a year later that she was engaged.
This evening at 6:44 p.m. on KCRW, during my weekly LA Observed conversation, I'll be addressing Villaragosa's final year in office. We don't get into his personal life at all.
Photo: Parker and Villaraigosa during a party at Getty House, by Karen Ocamb