Marion Cotillard responds to rumours of affair with Brad Pitt after Angelina Jolie files for divorce

'This situation is spiraling and affecting people I love. I have to speak up'

Heather Saul
Thursday 22 September 2016 07:37 BST
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After a torrid two days of unsubstantiated allegations and having her name dragged into an unprecedented media circus following Angelina Jolie’s decision to divorce Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard has broken her silence.

In an Instagram post written in English and French, Cotillard announced she is pregnant with her second child and confirmed her relationship with her long-term partner, actor Guillaume Canet.

In her post, Cotillard denied claims in tabloids she was “devastated” by the way she had been pulled into reports. The French actress, 40, stars alongside Pitt in the Second World War thriller Allied, the trailer for which dropped hours after Jolie’s decision to file for divorce was made public.

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There is no suggestion Cotillard had any involvement with Pitt other than professionally or in his divorce. A source close to Pitt also dismissed the claims as “totally untrue”, telling the Independent: “It’s disgraceful that someone would introduce a completely innocent third party into an issue that has nothing to do with them.”

“This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into," she wrote.

“I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up.

“Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.

“Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn't distressing.

“And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.

“Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”

A spokesperson for Cotillard declined to comment any further to the Independent.

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