French President Francois Hollande ignited a PR storm when his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet was leaked in early January, and now reports have surfaced that Francois must choose between Julie and his girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler before he visits President Obama on Feb. 11.
What a headache! Francois Hollande, 59, has been living in scandal city ever since the tabloid Closer published pictures of Francois reportedly leaving 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet‘s apartment. His live-in girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler was hospitalized after the photos were published, and now — as rumors of a pregnancy begin to swirl — sources close to Francois are saying that he’s ready to make his choice!
Francois Hollande Will Choose Between Two Girlfriends
According to a report from the New York Post, Francois will figure out if he wants to be with Valerie, his girlfriend of several years, or Julie, his allegedly pregnant mistress, by the time he visits the White House on Feb. 11. This is all due to a condemning piece in the mag Closer — Closer published seven pages of photographs that supposedly show Francois getting off a motor scooter and walking into Julie’s apartment. A helmet covers his face, so the mag claims that Francois can be identified by his shoes.
That report might not sound too solid, but there’s more. Julie appeared in a video for Francois’ election campaign in 2012, and rumors of visits with the president began swirling long before the photos were published. Also, Francois has only blasted the article; he has not denied the contents of Closer‘s report — and when asked during a Jan. 14 press conference if Valerie was still the first lady in his heart, he gave a very non-committal answer.
“I understand your question and I’m sure you will understand my response,” he said. “Everyone in their personal lives can go through tough times. That is the case [for me right now]. These are painful moments. But I have one principle: these private affairs are dealt with in private. This is neither the time nor the place to do it, so I will not be responding to any questions about my private life.”
He then added that he’ll answer the question by the time he sits down with the Obamas on Feb. 11.
“If I do not go into detail about this today, then I will do so before the meeting which you refer to,” he said.
Valerie Trierweiler: Struggling With Her Health
Poor Valerie. Sources close to Francois have reported that Julie is pregnant, and Valerie has been hospitalized with a case of “the blues” ever since the scandal first broke.
“She’s resting and I have no further comment to make,” Francois said during the Jan. 14 press conference.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? It’s all pretty sleazy, no?
— Shannon Miller