BORIS Johnson has finally broken his silence about how many children he has fathered.

The Prime Minister, who is visiting the US, was asked by NBC in New York whether he has six children.

The Tory leader replied: “Yes.”

He added: "It’s fantastic, it’s fantastic, it’s a lot of work, I’ll tell you that much, but I love it, I absolutely love it. And I change a lot of nappies, in case anybody … I do."

There has been confusion about the number of children Johnson has fathered.

He has four children with ex-wife Marina Wheeler, but he also has a child, born in 2009, as a result of an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

At first he denied paternity and even sought an injunction in 2013 to prevent her existence being discovered during a court battle.

But the confusion sprang from the proceedings where it was alleged that Johnson may have fathered two children as a result of the affair.

The judgment read: "What was material was that the father's infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions."

The Conservative chief has previously refused to be drawn on the subject.

Asked how many children he had before the 2019 election, he told LBC: "I love my children very much but they are not standing at this election and I'm not therefore going to comment on them."

Last week, while addressing his new Cabinet for the first time, Johnson made a joke about the long-running controversy.

He said: “I want to thank you all because you’re all here on your merits because you’ve worked incredibly hard, but I want you to work even harder now.

“I’m just thinking about delivery, I’ve seen a few delivery rooms, probably seen as many delivery rooms as anybody in this … Apart from the exception of Jacob [Rees-Mogg].

“I know that delivery normally involves a superhuman effort by at least one person in the room. But there are plenty of other people in that room who are absolutely indispensable to that successful outcome.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg announced in 2017 the birth of his sixth child, Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher.