Julie Gayet, the 41-year-old actress, is reportedly having an affair with 59-year-old French president Francois Hollande. Closer magazine first broke the story on Thursday when they published a seven-page photo spread of her entering a hotel near the president’s residence.
Here’s what you should know about her.
1. She May Be Pregnant
The Twitter account of the lereel.fr website cites a source close to Hollande:
A translation of the post is, “Julie Gayet is four months pregnant according to a source close of Francois Hollande at the Elysee, information confirmed by a journalist at M6.”
Julie Gayet serait enceinte de 4 mois, selon un proche de François Hollande à l'Elysée. Info confirmée par un journaliste de M6.
— Le Réel (@Le_Reel) January 14, 2014
Reports have come out that armed bodyguard would bring the couple croissants after their trysts.
2. The French Actress Was Blocked From a High-Profile Job
Although rumors are swirling about her being pregnant with the president’s baby, she was honored with a high-profile position. The arts minister was to appoint her as a member of the Villa Medici jury for 2014. In this role, she would select which artists receive grants to stay at France’s Medici institute in Rome.
The offer was inexplicably blocked days after the scandalous pictures surfaced.
3. She Got Divorced in 2006
Gayet married the Argentinian actor in 2003 and has two children with him.
Hollande has never married but has a serious relationship with Valerie Trierweiler, who, as a result, is considered the First Lady of France. After the news broke, Trierweiler was hospitalized in order to get rest.
The French media hints that Hollande has yet to visit his ailing girlfriend. The 48-year-old, who is still in the hospital 5 days later, said the news of her long-term companion’s affair was like, “being hit by a high-speed train.”
After the news of his infidelity broke, at a unrelated press conference, a journalist asked who the official first lady is.
The President answered,
Everyone in his or her personal life can go through ordeals – that’s the case with us,” he said. “They are painful moments. But I have a principle. It’s that private affairs should be handled privately, respecting the intimacy of all. This is neither the place nor the moment to do so.
He assured that he would answer the question of who he considers the first lady to be by February 11th. This is the day he’ll be in Washington for a meeting with President Obama and Michelle.
4. She is Allegedly Suing the Magazine That Exposed Her Affair
— Potsdam (@papyretzow) January 10, 2014
According to The Guardian, it has been reported that Gayet has already talked to lawyers to start proceedings. The magazine printed multiple shots of her entering an apartment building near Hollande’s residence, the Elysee Palace. Additional photos show a short man getting off a motor scooter. Since he’s wearing a helmet, his face cannot be seen, but the magazine claims it is definitely Hollande based on the shoes he is wearing.
5. She is on the Cover of the Current Issue of French Elle
Days after the scandal broke, Gayet was still in hiding. Ironically enough, she is on the cover of the latest issue of Elle in France, which means her face is circulating as a reminder of the affair. To add insult to injury, the headline accompanying her photo is, “A French Passion.”