Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Affairs

Photo: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the NATO summit meeting after a tour at Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France on 4 April 2009.

Carla Bruni, 42, born in Turin, Italy, is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tire manufacturing company CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her grandfather Virginio Bruni Tedeschi. After the company was sold in the 1970s to Pirelli, her family moved to France in 1975. She left school at 19 to become a model.

As a model Bruni worked for designers and fashion houses like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and Versace. Later she left modeling in favor of a career in music.

Her music career did not cease after becoming the First Lady. She released her third album Comme si de rien n'était (As If Nothing Happened) on 11 July 2008.

Bruni-Sarkozy sang for Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday on July 18, 2009 at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City. The event was her first public music appearance since marrying Sarkozy.

She is currently working on her fourth album collaborating with Lenny Kravitz. In January 2010, it was reported that she is working on two separate studio albums, one in French and another in English with release dates set for autumn 2010.

After a lot of speculation, on 23 November 2009 Bruni revealed that she had accepted a role in a forthcoming Woody Allen film, and said, "I'm not an actress at all. Perhaps I'll be completely hopeless but I can't miss an opportunity like this one. When I'm a grandmother I'd like to be able to say I made a film with Woody Allen."

It has been claimed that Bruni was involved with celebrities such as Louis Bertignac, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Donald Trump, Léos Carax, Charles Berling, Arno Klarsfeld, Vincent Perez and former French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius. She has said she is easily ‘bored with monogamy’, and that ‘love lasts a long time, but burning desire - two to three weeks’.

Allegedly, while having a relationship with Jean-Paul Enthoven, Bruni fell in love and started an affair with his philosopher son Raphael Enthoven with whom she has a son, Aurelien. Bruni later denied ever having an affair with Raphael's father in an interview published in Vanity Fair, "I never slept with him, not even a minute." But the younger Mr. Enthoven left Bruni saying he felt she was ‘uncommitted to the relationship’.

Bruni met French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2007 at a dinner party and later they married on 2 February 2008 at the Élysée Palace in Paris. The marriage is Bruni's first and Sarkozy's third. She has an office and staff at her disposal in the East wing of the Élysée Palace.

There was a controversy on the eve of the French First Couple’s state visit to the UK, with the publication by Christie's auction house of a nude photograph of Bruni taken during her career as a model. The photograph sold for $91,000.

Bruni-Sarkozy met the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in August 2008 at a Buddhist temple on a hill in Languedoc, France. Another important event for Bruni was the reception of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to France in September 2008. She has been critical of Pope Benedict XVI on the controversial subject of religion and AIDS.

Bruni visited New York City in September 2008 with President Nicolas Sarkozy and met for lunch with First Lady Laura Bush at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Symposium on Advancing Global Literacy and attended the General Assembly in the UN with her Sarkozy.

She also attended state dinners with the Emir of Qatar and wife and with Iraq's president in Paris in 2009. She and Sheikha Mozah, wife of Emir of Qatar, will be working together on education promotion and she visited Doha on the invitation of Sheikha Mozah in November 2009.

Recently, there were reports in many blogs, newspapers and web sites that both Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni are having separate affairs outside their marriage. The suggestion that the couple were both committing adultery first emerged on Twitter, followed by a report in the Sunday newspaper le Journal du Dimanche.

The first tweet claimed that Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy had become romantically involved with Benjamin Biolay, a French musician. It then claimed that the jilted Mr. Sarkozy had swiftly found solace in the arms of his 40-year-old ecology minister Chantal Jouanno who is also a French karate champion. French site suchablog.com alleged that Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy had been a close friend of Biolay for many years and was now unofficially living with him at his flat in Paris. Now, for the first time, rumours of trouble in the marriage have reached the mainstream French media.

Mr. Sarkozy is reported to have had an affair with Cecilia Ciganer-Albaniz, who eventually became his second wife, while he was still married to his first wife, Marie-Dominique Culioli, the mother of his two elder sons. Mr. Sarkozy and his second wife split during his presidential election campaign in 2007.

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