- French photographer who discovered that President Francois Hollande was having an affair claims that President Obama is cheating as well
- Cited alleged ‘distance’ that has been ‘apparent’ between Barack and Michelle Obama recently
- The Obamas are open fans of Beyonce and her husband Jay Z
A French media firestorm has been circulating claims that Barack Obama and Beyonce are dangerously in love.
It came as Francois Hollande, France’s head of state and a well-known love cheat, arrived in America on an official state visit without his now-ex partner, Valérie Trierweiler.
Rumours of an affair between the American president and the superstar singer- both of whom are married- were first made on Europe 1 radio station this morning.
Go-to singer: President Obama is an open fan of Beyonce as well as her husband Jay Z and they have served as fundraisers for his presidential campaigns
Close: She was chosen to sing America the Beautiful at his second inauguration
They led to denials from the Washington Post, who were said to be preparing to break the incredible story.
Kristine Coratti, director of communications for the newspaper, said: ‘I can tell you that it’s false’, adding ‘The Washington Post does not produce articles’ of this kind.
But Pascal Rostain, the photographer who last month took photographs of Mr Hollande secretly visiting a Paris love nest on the back of moped and wearing a crash helmet, spoke of the alleged relationship.
He said revelations of any kind of affair between Mr Obama, 52, and Beyonce, 32, would send shockwaves around the world.
Main squeeze: Beyonce also sang the First Couple’s first dance at his 2009 inauguration
Beyonce performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and the pair are firm friends.
‘You know, at this moment, in the United States, there’s something huge which is about to happen,’ Mr Rostain told interviewer Jean-Marc Morandini.
‘Indeed, it will come out tomorrow in the Washington Post. We cannot say that it is from the gutter press – a supposed liaison between President Barack Obama and Beyonce. I can assure you that the world will talk.’
Mr Rostain’s claims were reported by a range of respected media in France, including Le Figaro and Le Point.
Solo: The rumor comes as French President Francois Hollande arrived in America Monday for a state visit (seen here with Deputy US Chief of Protocol Natalie Jones)
Guy trip: President Obama met him at Andrews Air Force Base and the pair traveled to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house in Virginia for a tour
Mr Rostain was the first to know for sure that Mr Hollande was cheating on his first lady, Valerie Trierwelier, with the actress, Julie Gayet.
Referring to Mr Obama and his wife Michelle, Mr Rostain said: ‘For the first time, there are still images or televised ones of the Obama couple becoming a bit distant.
‘One can legitimately pose questions. We were told the same thing by the pictures of Hollande and Trierweiler.’
Questioned about the Obama-Beyonce claims later today, Mr Rostain said they were a ‘joke’.
Split: Hollande’s visit comes on the heels of his break up from his longtime partner Valerie Trierweiler after it was discovered that he was having an affair with a younger actress
Firestarter: Photographer Pascal Rostain is the one who caught the French President on a motor scooter going to visit his mistress
The 20 year age gap between Mr Obama and Beyonce is almost the same as that between Mr Hollande, 59, and Ms Gayet, 41.
Mr Obama is a well-known fan of the singer, having invited her to perform at numerous occasions, including at Michelle’s 50th birthday party at the White House last month.
There have also been rumours of increasing tensions in the Obama marriage, although Beyonce’s marriage to rapper Jay Z, 44, is said to be rock solid.
In recent weeks an alleged affair between former president Bill Clinton and celebrity beauty Elizabeth Hurley turned out to be made up.
The unmarried Mr Hollande arrives in America unaccompanied after splitting up with Ms Trierweiler, although his affair with Ms Gayet is said to be ongoing back in France.
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