They’ve kept their relationship out of the public eye since it came to light in a storm of publicity in 2014, but Julie Gayet has shared a rare portrait with partner Francois Hollande, proving that their bond is still strong.
The French actress, 49, shared the intimate snap on Instagram, where she can be seen embracing former French President Hollande, 67, as the couple stare straight into the camera.
Gayet and the politician have kept a low profile since their relationship came to light when Hollande was president and was still dating French journalist Valerie Trierweiler.
Their joint appearances are scarce and Julie has been very careful about what photos she shares online with the former head of state.
The beautiful black and white photo makes it clear that the romance between the couple is still very much alive.
Former President of France Francois Hollande, 67, and his seven-year-old girlfriend Julie Gayet, 49, look in love in a new photo she shared on her Instagram.
A short message wishing Gayet’s followers a safe return to school and work after the summer break accompanies the snap.
The actress is seen hugging her seven-year-old partner from behind, her hands clasped on his torso as she leans on his shoulder.
As she smiles, her windswept blond locks fall to the side of her face.
The former president, meanwhile, looks calm and relaxed, dressed in a suit and white shirt with the collar unbuttoned.
The pair have kept a low profile, limiting their joint appearances since their romance came to light in 2014 (pictured at a Cancer Research Gala in Paris in 2019)
The couple especially enjoy their romance outside of the public eye, but in 2020 they were both featured in a lengthy article by the French magazine Paris Match.
Although they agreed to the position, the actress and former president asked not to be quoted directly in the piece.
The article alleged that Francois Hollande’s partner allegedly sent an angry text message to current French First Lady Brigitte Macron, 68, for barring her from a party at the Elysée Palace – and instead of Francois’s ex. , Valie Trierweiler, had invited.
Whether the story came directly from Gayet or from someone close to her is unclear, but the magazine reports that the actress, 47, was furious when Mrs Macron, 66, did not invite her to lunch for former First Ladies at the Elysée. palace in 2019 – and even sent her an angry message to complain.
The magazine also reported that Ms. Gayet named Emmanuel Macron as “the traitor” for threatening to cut public funding for her partner’s Franco-American foundation,
Hollande began dating Gayet during his term as president and while dating journalist Valerie Trierweiler, pictured
Although Ms Gayet eschewed a public role as First Lady, she lived with Hollande at the Elysée Palace until he was deposed by Emmanuel Macron in 2017.
However, Ms Macron chose not to invite her to lunch with former French First Ladies at the palace.
Guests included Carla Bruni, wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, who was head of state from 2007 to 2012, and Valerie Trierweiler, who was in a relationship with Francois Hollande from 2007 until his infidelity was revealed in 2014.
Ms Gayet had kept quiet at the time, but her absence on the occasion had raised eyebrows among journalists and political viewers, who wondered why she wasn’t on the guest list.
But behind closed doors, not one to retire from a fight, Ms Gayet apparently addressed the humiliating snarl in a text message to the host herself.
The post also revealed that Ms Gayet did not attend the funeral of former President Jacques Chirac in Paris last year because she “couldn’t stand the Macrons”.
The bleak event, which took place on September 29, 2019, was attended by President Macron and former President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as numerous French politicians and foreign heads of state such as Bill Clinton. Francois Hollande attended the funeral alone at Les Invalides in the French capital.
The magazine also reported that Ms Gayet called Emmnauel Macron “the traitor.” It read, “She can’t stand the way she… [the Macrons] switched sides and thought about reducing the public funding of Hollande’s foundation, nor getting them closer to the Sarkozy couple.”