Carla Bruni has shrugged off reports her marriage to French president Nicolas Sarkozy is in trouble - calling the rumours "insignificant" and "unpleasant".
The couple's relationship was thrust into the spotlight last month (Mar10) as gossip spread over allegations that both the politician and his wife had been involved in extra-marital affairs.
The story hit headlines across the world and sparked an internal investigation by the French government into the source of the rumours.
Now Bruni has spoken out to dismiss the allegations, insisting a trivial piece of gossip has been blown out of proportion.
In an interview on Europe 1 radio, she says, "These are insignificant rumours that count for nothing. We have never tried to fight them. These are rumours that are unpleasant, but which have no importance. I don't think that we have been victims of any kind of plot. I think that rumours have always existed, that unfortunately they're part of being human. We have decided, my husband and I, to not accord any importance to this. There is no plot. There will be no revenge. It's of no concern to us, and we turned the page on this a long time ago. I shall believe no more rumours. Rumours are false."