Thanks to French photographer Pascal Rostain, French tabloids are flying off the shelves. Rostain claimed The Washington Post planned to run a story about President Obama’s alleged affair with Beyonce on Tuesday. Rostain’s speculations about Obama and Beyonce’s actions appeared in French newspaper Le Figaro. French tabloids continue to question Obama’s close relationship with the Grammy-winning singer.
Tuesday came and went without the well-known American publication writing about the supposed extramarital tryst. In fact, The Washington Post denied Rostain’s assertion almost immediately. “[That’s] definitely not true,” The Washington Post spokesman Kris Coratti told Poynter, when asked whether the newspaper had any intentions to publish an article about the President and Beyonce.
The notable absence of Beyonce and Obama affair rumors in The Washington Post follow Rostain’s bold, self-assured comments on Monday. “You know, at this time, [in] the United States, there is something big that is happening… Besides, it’ll go out tomorrow in the Washington Post, we cannot say that it is the gutter press, [reporting on an] alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyonce,” Rostain asserted. The French photographer concluded his statement confidently, “I can assure you the whole world will be talking about this.”
Rostain’s discussion with Hollywood Life was even more inappropriate, The International Business Times reports. “We should not forget Marilyn [Monroe] or Monica Lewinsky. You can be the president of the first world power — that doesn’t make you any less a man,” Rostain told Hollywood Life.
Why Obama and Beyonce? The Huffington Post tackles that question: “Beyoncé certainly has been close to the Obama family over the years. She’s been asked to sing at a number of historical events in Washington, including the first family’s First Inaugural Dance in 2009, and Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. She was even a special performer at first lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday celebration last month.”
U.S. citizens have a long history of judging presidents based on their marriages and family values. Politicians argued whether Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was an impeachable offense, and Ronald Reagan remains the only divorced U.S. president, according to History.com.