EXCLUSIVE: Elle Macpherson, 54, is dating discredited former doctor Andrew Wakefield, 60, a driving force behind the anti-vaxxer movement when his debunked theory linked the childhood MMR jab to autism
- Andrew Wakefield is a former London doctor who was sacked on ethical grounds
- He falsely connected the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism
- In 2010, 61-year-old was banned from practising medicine in United Kingdom
- The former doctor relocated with his family to Texas following the controversy
- He separated from his wife in 2017 – and first started dating Elle later that year
Model Elle Macpherson has been pictured kissing a former British doctor who was the driving force of the anti-vaxxer movement.
The 54-year-old was seen locking lips with Andrew Wakefield, 61, at Glaser’s organic farm in Miami on Friday.
It comes just over a year after she was awarded $53million in cash and a $26million home during her divorce from billionaire Jeffrey Soffer.
Wakefield is a former doctor and researcher who spawned the modern anti-vaccination movement with widely discredited research, claiming that the MMR jab causes autism and bowel disease.
He was banned from practising medicine in the UK in 2010, but now travels across the US to share his controversial views.
Moving on: Elle Macpherson, 54, locked lips with new man Andrew Wakefield while shopping at Glaser’s Farm organic market in Miami on Friday
Stepping out: The outing comes a year after Elle was reportedly awarded $79million in her divorce from billionaire Jeffrey Soffer
Elle, who is a keen advocate of healthy eating, appeared relaxed in her new man’s company, wearing a light blue shirt over matching trousers.
She appeared to be make-up free for the outing, wearing her caramel tresses in a simple up-do.
The catwalk queen wore an oversized grey shopper on one shoulder as her handsome male companion stayed close.
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Wakefield – who was born in Eton, Berkshire – speculated that being injected with a ‘dead’ form of the measles virus via vaccination causes disruption to intestinal tissue.
He published a further paper appearing to confirm his theory in 1998, and vaccinations plummeted in the UK from over 90 per cent to below 70 per cent.
The US was also affected.
Living her best life: The 54-year-old appeared in good spirits as she filled up her basket with produce, with her new man in tow
Chic: Elle, who is a keen advocate of healthy eating, appeared relaxed in her new man’s company, wearing a light blue shirt over matching trousers
In 2004, Wakefield’s theory was found to have been based on false evidence – it was retracted by the journal The Lancet in 2010, and he was banned from practising medicine in the UK three months later.
Wakefield relocated with his family to Texas after the findings.
A source told MailOnline that he separated from his wife Carmel in 2017 and first started seeing Elle in late 2017 after they met at an event in Orlando.
Andrew and Carmel – who is also a doctor – met in the late 1970s while training at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
Medicine ran in both families – both have parents who were doctors and brothers who later went into the profession. They have four children – thee boys and a girl.
Wakefield has also found an ally in President Donald Trump.
He met the president along with four other anti-vaccine campaigners in the summer of 2016 as well as attending one of his inauguration balls after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
Changing things up: In May, Elle spoke about how she had to overhaul her diet as she got older in a bid to maintain her youthful looks
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Elle for more information.
Previously based in London, Elle moved her entire family to Miami in 2014 to be closer to ex-husband Jeffrey Soffer a year after their wedding.
They lived together until last year, along with her sons Flynn, 19, and Aurelius, 14, from her previous relationship with Arpad Busson.
‘People are surprised that I … moved my whole family from London to Miami for love,’ the former Sports Illustrated cover girl told Porter magazine last June.
She told InStyle: ‘I realised that I couldn’t really rely on genetics anymore’
Wakefield walks with his wife Carmel after speaking to reporters at the General Medical Council (GMC) on January 28, 2010, after they found he acted ‘dishonestly and irresponsibly’ in carrying out his research
Wakefield (right) and Macphereson (back center) are seen at an event earlier this year
The pair were also photographed at the Doctors Who Rock Awards in November 2017
All over now: Elle (second from left), pictured with former flame billionaire Jeffrey Soffer on December 3, 2014
Elle and property developer Jeffrey began dating in 2009 and were wed at the exclusive Laucala Resort in Fiji in 2013.
In May, Elle spoke about how she had to overhaul her diet as she got older in a bid to maintain her youthful looks.
She told InStyle: ‘I realised that I couldn’t really rely on genetics anymore.’
The statuesque beauty, who has been nicknamed ‘The Body’, added: ‘The things I’d been doing since my twenties weren’t working in my fifties.’
After turning to a wholefood diet rich in fruit and vegetables and an organic alkalizing green powder, Elle found the results to be ‘transforming’.
The powder, which Elle consumes daily, claims to alkalize the body and improve health with ingredients including Chinese herbs and shiitake and maitake mushrooms.
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