Carla Bruni, former supermodel, former First Lady of France, and current pop chanteuse, is currently doing the press rounds to promote her new album. While discussing her unique career, Bruni is also fielding plenty of questions about her rumored relationship with the current president of the United States.
Bruni’s connection with Donald Trump stems back to the early 1990s, when gossip in the press alleged that Bruni who was in the midst of her modeling career at the time, was the reason Trump was ending his relationship with Marla Maples. At the time Bruni was a one of the highest paid models in the business. A story in the New York Post reported the Trump-Bruni connection and Trump himself was happy to trumpet it as the truth. At the time, Bruni dismissed the whole thing as a lie.
“Trump is obviously a lunatic,” she explained to the Daily Mail in 1991. “It’s so untrue and I’m deeply embarrassed by it all. I’ve only ever met him once, about a year ago, at a big charity party in New York. And I haven’t seen him since, of that I’m sure.”
In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Bruni reaffirmed her position. “Actually, the whole situation was very vague and just did not exist. So I was very surprised when he went to the press,” said Bruni.
On the persistence of the rumors and whether or not it was Trump himself who planted the hearsay in the cooperative gossip press (since the 1970s Trump posed as his own press agent using phony names), Bruni seems unfazed and unimpressed.
Bruni’s entanglement with the Trump name extends beyond the 45th president — Bruni has long been compared in various forms and fashions to Melania Trump as well. On the surface, both were models, both obviously connected to men in executive levels of power, and both were involved in their own respective nude photo imbroglios. Though, Bruni herself doesn’t consider her case very embarrassing.
“What’s the scandal about?” she asked in her Daily Beast interview. “To me, morality has to do with being a good person, so I don’t see any immorality with being nude at all. I see immorality as being unkind, cheating and lying to people. That’s immorality to me. But not being a pretty young girl and posing nude.”
Whether or not Bruni’s latest round of press will do much to squash the rumors that she and Trump had a fling, it appears Bruni couldn’t care less. She seems far more interested in pursuing her musical career than worrying about planted rumors from over 25 years ago.
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