They led to denials from the Washington Post, who were said to be preparing to break the incredible story. Kristine Coratti, director of communications for the newspaper, said: ‘I can tell you that it’s false’, adding ‘The Washington Post does not produce articles of this kind.’
But Pascal Rostain, the photographer who last month took photographs of French president, Mr. Hollande secretly visiting a Paris love nest on the back of moped and wearing a crash helmet, spoke of the alleged relationship. He said revelations of any kind of affair between Mr. Obama, 52, and Beyoncé, 32, would send shockwaves around the world.
Beyoncé performed ‘America the Beautiful’ at Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and the pair are firm friends.
‘You know, at this moment, in the United States, there’s something huge which is about to happen,’ Mr. Rostain told interviewer Jean-Marc Morandini. ‘Indeed, it will come out tomorrow in the Washington Post. We cannot say that it is from the gutter press – a supposed liaison between President Barack Obama and Beyoncé. I can assure you that the world will talk.’
Mr. Rostain’s claims were reported by a range of respected media in France, including Le Figaro and Le Point.
Referring to President Obama and his wife Michelle, Rostain said: ‘For the first time, there are still images or televised ones of the Obama couple becoming a bit distant. One can legitimately pose questions. We were told the same thing by the pictures of Hollande and Trierweiler.’
Mr. Obama is a well-known fan of the singer, having invited her to perform at numerous occasions, including at Michelle’s 50th birthday party at the White House last month.
In recent weeks, an alleged affair between former president Bill Clinton and celebrity beauty Elizabeth Hurley turned out to be made up.
Too much TV, that’s what I think. These people have been watching too much Olivia Pope in action.