By Kat Giantis
Everyone just take a deep breath. Deeper. Now slowly exhale, because rumors of an imminent, Internet-breaking story exposing an alleged affair between Beyoncé and President Barack Obama are not true. Repeat: The rumors are NOT TRUE.
The "Scandal"-worthy whispers sprang to life on Monday following an interview given by a well-connected French photographer named Pascal Rotain.
"You know, at this time, the United States, there is something big that is happening," he's quoted as saying. "Anyway, it'll go out [Tuesday] in the Washington Post -- we cannot say that it is the gutter press -- [a story about] an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyoncé. I can assure you that the world will be talking about it."
Added Rotain, "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."
The claims were soon picked up by the respected and widely distributed French newspaper Le Figaro, leading to a social media explosion.
But a spokesman for the Post was quick to deny talk that it was about to drop a Bey-Obama bombshell.
"It is safe to say we are not pursuing any such story," the rep tells Vanity Fair France, adding to Poytner.org that it's "definitely not true."
By Monday afternoon, Rotain had back away from his assertions.
The would-be revelations from the French media come at the same time the Post published a jointly penned climate change piece by Obama and French president François Hollande, who is himself embroiled in scandal.
He recently ended a longtime relationship with France's unofficial First Lady, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, amid reports of an affair with a French actress.
President and Mrs. Obama recently marked their 21st wedding anniversary; Bey and Jay Z will celebrate their sixth anniversary in April.
Last month, Beyoncé performed at Michelle's 50th birthday party at the White House.
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