French first lady Carla Bruni has dismissed reports that her marriage to French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in trouble, calling the rumours "insignificant" and "unpleasant".
The couple's relationship was thrust into the spotlight last month as gossip spread over allegations that both the politician and his wife were involved in extra-marital affairs, Contactmusic reported.
The story hit headlines across the world and sparked an internal investigation by the French government into the source of the rumours.
Bruni has however spoken out to dismiss the allegations, insisting a trivial piece of gossip has been blown out of proportion.
"These are insignificant rumours that count for nothing. We have never tried to fight them. These are rumours that are unpleasant, but which have no importance. I don't think that we have been victims of any kind of plot. I think that rumours have always existed, that unfortunately they're part of being human," Bruni said in an interview to Europe 1 radio.
"We have decided, my husband and I, to not accord any importance to this. There is no plot. There will be no revenge. It's of no concern to us, and we turned the page on this a long time ago. I shall believe no more rumours. Rumours are false," Bruni said.