Former actress love of French President Hollande returns to spotlight
She sought to stay away from the spotlight as rumours abounded she was Francois Hollande's new love.
The last few months have proved to be a whirlwind in the life of actress Julie Gayet (41).
But as she stepped onto the red carpet at Cannes earlier today, she looked like a woman who had put everything behind her.
The mum-of-two looked relaxed as she posed with singer Mika before heading into a screening.
Dressed in a long black gown, she also held a placard for #BringBackOurGirls, showing her support for the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram.
Gayet was named as the woman who led to Hollande ending his relationship with his long-term partner Valerie Trierweiler.
In January, Closer magazine reported that Hollande and the actress were meeting in secret at an apartment close to the Elysee Palace.
The reports were followed shortly afterwards by the announcement that he had ended his relationshhp with Ms Trierweiler.
In the last five months, Ms Gayet has been in public just once at an awards ceremony.
Since that appearance, she has reportedly decided to end her relationship with the French president, telling friends she preferred it when their "affair was hidden".
According to 'Gala', a well-connected weekly gossip magazine, Miss Gayet has now "broken up this relationship".
"As an independent woman, Julie chose a course of action that was neither dictated by reasons of state nor public opinion," it wrote.
She could, it went on, no longer take the "intrusion into her private life" and the "media pressure" the relationship had placed on her two teenage sons. "To live happily, she would have preferred to live far from him. She will not enter the dangerous spotlight of a public romance," it wrote.
The magazine added: "She went from being a free woman, the respected boss of three production companies, to having the status of Madame de Montespan [Louis XIV's favourite mistress]." It cited a friend, the director Bernard Murat, as saying that Miss Gayet "has never dreamt of being first lady".