Nigel Farage’s wife has lifted the lid on life with the Ukip leader, denying he is racist and admitting she worries about his pub-loving habits.
Kirsten Farage said her husband’s schedule was so hectic that their children often had to make do with “watching him on television”.
She also defended her role as his taxpayer-funded secretary, revealing that he is unable to use a computer without help.
Mrs Farage, a German-born former bond trader, gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph after her husband’s party redrew the political map by topping European parliament polls.
Asked if she worried about her husband’s intense work, she said: “I do - I think it is a very hectic lifestyle.
“He doesn’t get a lot of sleep, he doesn’t get a lot of rest, he lives on adrenaline a lot, he doesn’t eat regular meals - now I am beginning to sound like his mother - and he smokes and he drinks too much.
“But if you have that sort of lifestyle, I think it is what keeps him going, it keeps the adrenaline going.”
She said Mr Farage was “a good man” who loved to relax by watching classic BBC comedy Dad’s Army.
“There is not much time for a family life - but we watch him on the telly when we want to see him,” she added.
“When he is out and about, he is noisy and extrovert and all this. And (when) you come home you have to put your feet up, and cut the grass and put the bins out.
“He loves fishing, he loves walking, we live in quite a rural area so he can literally walk out and you have got fields and you have got valleys.
“Apart from that, he used to play a lot of golf but that was before my day, and before Ukip. Now he hasn’t got time for it.
“We honestly don’t watch a lot of telly but he loves Dad’s Army, he loves all the 70s stuff that they still repeat.”
Discussing her own work, Mrs Farage said: “I sit at my computer in my nightie and am very dutiful.
“It is not a nine to five, Monday to Friday (job) by any means. I have plenty of time not to miss sports days, nativity plays, and things like that.
“But I do work unsociable hours when my kids are at home and at weekends. And that is essentially quite hard on the family - if we are both at home we work and then the kids really don’t get a lot of attention.”
Mr Farage needed her assistance because he was virtually computer-illiterate, she said.
“He has a steam-powered telephone, he can send and receive texts,and that’s it. If I sit him down, and there is something for him to read, he can scroll up and down, he has learned that - but that is pretty much it,” Mrs Farage said.
“He honestly doesn’t know how to (use a computer) and he has missed the boat, I don’t think he ever will now.”
She said money had been tight for the family because of their decision to put their two children, and Mr Farage’s other two from a previous relationship, through private schools.
“He (Nigel) has been paying school fees for 22 years and the youngest is only eight so he will be paying for them for another 10,” Mrs Farage said.
She said “the kids have suffered a lot” because Mr Farage’s job meant they do not “get a lot of time for family holidays - a couple of days here, a couple of days there”.
Mrs Farage also brushed off “outrageous” claims made by Nikki Sinclaire, a former Ukip MEP, that Mr Farage had an affair with a party press officer.
“I have heard it before and it always comes from the same sort of people who wouldn’t... even if it would be true, which it isn’t, she wouldn’t possibly know, because she has never been part of that inner circle or worked for Nigel. I don’t think they have spoken a word to each other in 10 years,” she said.
Mrs Farage rejected accusations of racism that were levelled at her husband during the campaign.
“If he was a racist I wouldn’t be with him. I don’t think he has got a nasty bone in his body - he is not a bully, he likes things done properly,” she said.
“It hurts him being personally attacked but it doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable because I know he is not a racist.”
Mrs Farage, who met Mr Farage in 1997 and married him in 1999, initially thought it was “quite nice that he had a hobby” of politics.
“I didn’t realise it was going to turn into this,” she said.