Adding fuel to speculation about their extra-marital affairs, French First Lady Carla Bruni has claimed that she isn't sure how long her marriage to President Nicolas Sarkozy would last.
In an interview to Britain's Sky News, the former Italian supermodel-turned-singer described her relationship to Sarkozy as a "fairy tale" but gave a halfhearted response when asked about whether her marriage "was forever".
While discussing her 55-year-old flamboyant husband, Bruni was asked: "Is he for keeps - is he forever?"
After a long pause, the 43-year-old First Lady replied: "I guess marriage should be forever but who knows what happens. I wish it was forever, that's my hope...but we could be dead tomorrow."
Rumours have been doing the rounds in recent days that Sarkozy and Bruni, who wed in February 2008, just three months after meeting in November 2007, are cheating on each other.
Reports of trouble in their paradise first emerged on microblogging website Twitter. It was followed by a report in the Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
While the President is said to be romancing his 40-year-old Ecology Minister, also a karate champion, Bruni is rumoured to be involved with Benjamin Biolay, a mop-haired pop star six years her junior.
Bruni and Sarkozy first met at a Paris dinner party in November 2007. After their whirlwind romance and wedding three months later, regular reports predicted the marriage would only last as long as Sarkozy was President. But this is the first report of a marital crisis.