Bradxit: Cotillard's partner slams 'stupid' Pitt fling rumours

Marion Cotillard poses on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 19, 2016.
Marion Cotillard poses on the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 19, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The partner of French actress Marion Cotillard has hit out at the "stupid and baseless accusations" that she helped cause the split between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

"I don't usually talk about my private life, which until now I have always carefully protected," French actor Guillaume Canet said in an Instagram post on Friday (Sept 23).

But the relentlessness of the celebrity press, the "stupidity" of some journalists and the hatred of certain internet users required him to speak up, he said.

They "have pushed me to declare the pride, love, respect and admiration that I have for Marion for staying so strong and intelligent in the face of these stupid and baseless accusations," he added.

Je n'ai pas non plus l'habitude de commenter les rumeurs faites à notre sujet... Je n'ai pas non plus l'habitude de parler de ma vie privée, que jusqu'à présent j'ai toujours protégé avec beaucoup d'attention... Mais l'acharnement de la presse people, la bêtise vénale de certaines personnes se faisant appeler journalistes, la haine de certains internautes se sentant plus forts derrière un clavier, me poussent quand même à dire la fierté, l'amour, le respect et l'admiration que j'ai pour Marion, de rester aussi forte et intelligente face à toutes ces accusations débiles et non fondées. Je pense que nous vivons tous des choses autrement plus importantes en ce moment et que maintenant il serait temps de passer à autre chose et d'élever un peu le niveau. Même si il y a beaucoup de travail pour certains, j'ai envie d'être positif. Et comme dit si bien Marion je vous souhaite d'aller mieux et d'aspirer à autre chose dans votre vie que d'envoyer constamment de la merde !

Cotillard on Wednesday rebuffed suggestions that she played a role in the "Brangelina" break-up by having a fling with Pitt.

"Many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting," wrote the 40-year-old Cotillard, who has been with Canet since 2007.

"He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need," she said.

Soon after entertainment website TMZ reported Tuesday that Jolie had filed for divorce, speculation arose of an affair between Pitt and Cotillard.

They are co-stars in the soon-to-be-released wartime thriller "Allied", and filmed together in London.

Though Pitt and 41-year-old Jolie married two years ago, they have been a couple since 2004 and have six children together, three of whom are adopted.

The split between two of the world's biggest stars spells the end of one of Hollywood's highest-profile celebrity couples.