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Marion Cotillard's partner breaks silence on Brad Pitt affair rumours

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Published 24/09/2016 | 10:41

French actor Guillaume Canet (L) and his partner French actress Marion Cotillard pose as they arrive for the 40th edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony
French actor Guillaume Canet (L) and his partner French actress Marion Cotillard pose as they arrive for the 40th edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony
French actress Marion Cotillard (R) and her partner French actor Guillaume Canet attend the 40th edition of the Cesar Awards ceremony
Brad Pitt plays Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard plays Marianne Beausejour in Allied from Paramount Pictures.
French actress Marion Cotillard (L) and director Guillaume Canet pose on May 20, 2013 during a photocall for the film "Blood Ties" presented Out of Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival
French actress Marion Cotillard (R) looks at her partner director Guillaume Canet on May 20, 2013 as they leave after attending the screening of the film "Blood Ties" presented Out of Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival
French actress Marion Cotillard (R) hugs her partner French director Guillaume Canet on May 20, 2013 before attending a photocall for the film "Blood Ties" presented Out of Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival
Actress Marion Cotillard (L) and actor Guillaume Canet attend the Dior Party during the10th Marrakech Film Festival on December 4, 2010 in Marrakech, Morocco. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)

Marion Cotillard's longtime partner Guillaume Canet has broken his silence about false gossip swirling around the French actress' relationship with Brad Pitt.

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The Inception star found herself in the middle of Pitt and Angelina Jolie's marriage split drama earlier this week, when rumours suggesting she had romanced the actor on the set of their new film Allied began to hit the Internet.

Cotillard released a statement confirming reports she was pregnant with her second child, and admitted the rumours she had broken up a Hollywood marriage were "affecting people I love".

Now actor and director Canet, the father of Marion's five-year-old son Marcel and her unborn baby, has taken to Instagram to address the drama, insisting the cheating rumours are "stupid and unfounded".

Brad Pitt plays Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard plays Marianne Beausejour in Allied from Paramount Pictures.
Brad Pitt plays Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard plays Marianne Beausejour in Allied from Paramount Pictures.

"I don't usually make it a habit to comment on rumours made about us," the 42-year-old, who Marion called "the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting" in her statement, wrote in French, alongside a picture of a 'Danger' road sign.

Read more: Marion Cotillard: 'I'm not having an affair with Brad Pitt...I'm pregnant'

"I also don't usually talk about my private life which until now I've always protected attentively... but the fury of the tabloids, the venal stupidity of some people calling themselves journalists, the haters who feel braver behind a keyboard, drive me to speak of the pride, love, respect and admiration I have for Marion staying as strong and intelligent in the face of all these stupid and unfounded accusations.

"I think we're all living with much more important things at this moment and now it's time to move on and raise the bar a bit."

French actress Marion Cotillard (R) hugs her partner French director Guillaume Canet on May 20, 2013 before attending a photocall for the film
French actress Marion Cotillard (R) hugs her partner French director Guillaume Canet on May 20, 2013 before attending a photocall for the film "Blood Ties" presented Out of Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences.

Cotillard dismissed reports suggesting she was "devastated" by the news, but wrote: "I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom (sic) I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment."

Cotillard and Canet began dating in 2007 and he directed the actress in 2010's Little White Lies, as well as Blood Ties in 2013. The two stars will share the screen together in the upcoming Rock 'n' Roll.

French actress Marion Cotillard (L) and director Guillaume Canet pose on May 20, 2013 during a photocall for the film
French actress Marion Cotillard (L) and director Guillaume Canet pose on May 20, 2013 during a photocall for the film "Blood Ties" presented Out of Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival

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