Silvio Berlusconi and Francesca Pascale 9 Photos REX Features 1 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL The happy couple Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, has announced that he is engaged to be married to a woman nearly 50 years his junior, Francesca Pascale. Claudio Villa/Getty Images 2 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Perfect match The couple were first pictured together recently while watching AC Milan, the Italian football club owned by the former PM REX Features 3 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Cake on it Now, photos of Miss Pascale have emerged showing her early days as a Berlusconi supporter. In 2006, at the age of 20, she was already showing her appreciation for the media tycoon as president of a Berlusconi 'Fan Club'. She is also behind the "We miss you, Silvio" campaign backing Berlusconi's return to front-line politics. REX Features 4 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Poster girl A former shop assistant, Miss Pascale served as a local councillor in Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom Party. REX Features 5 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Rossoneri In a weekend TV interview, Berlusconi said: "Little by little she worked in my political organisation, then close to me." REX Features 6 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Supporting each other Berlusconi said he had turned his back on his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties. "I need to apologise," he said. "It was a period when I was feeling alone. I was divorced, my mother was dead, my sister, too, my children were travelling around the world, and someone said to distract myself with some evenings." REX Features 7 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Inseparable Berlusconi is still fighting charges that he paid for sex with an under age prostitute, the then 17-year-old exotic dancer, Karima El-Mahroug, better known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer". REX Features 8 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL Otherwise engaged And he has yet to divorce his second wife, Veronica Lario, but that has not stopped him from announcing his latest engagement. "She is 27 years old, with very solid values, beautiful on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside," he said. Claudio Villa/Getty Images 9 of 9 To full screen SHARE TWEET EMAIL 'Beautiful girl' "She is very close to me, she loves me very much and I feel the same."