Guillaume Canet Releases Statement Denying Marion Cotillard & Brad Pitt Rumors


Pretty sure I will be spending the rest of the weekend applauding Guillaume Canet. Of course, I'm sad he had to, but it's sweet to see: Canet jumped to the defense of his longtime partner, Marion Cotillard, who unwillingly became associated with the rumors surrounding divorce proceedings between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt when the couple announced their split earlier this week. Days after Cotillard spoke out and denied the rumors, Canet wrote a strongly worded post on Instagram in French, wherein he detailed not only the turbulence he has experienced through Cotillard experiencing these rumors, but also his desire for the public to move on from targeting Cotillard as the cause for Jolie and Pitt's private matters. It should not have come to Canet having to defend his partner, but I think it's admirable that he is stepping up to the plate and vehemently stating that, essentially, there are more important issues in this world than the rumors surrounding himself and Cotillard, as well as Jolie and Pitt.

Canet's statement is entirely in French, but translated, he essentially says the following:

Canet's statement should hopefully put to rest what has become one hugely false rumor surrounding the Jolie-Pitt divorce. Earlier this week, Cotillard released her own statement via Instagram, both in English and in French:


Canet and Cotillard have now become a very public and united front against the allegations that Cotillard was involved with Pitt during their time filming Allied. Furthermore, it should serve as a testament to the severity of the situation and the strength of their relationship that both Canet and Cotillard have been able to break with their own habits and comment so publicly so as to dispel any rumors while simultaneously expressing support for Jolie and Pitt.

Their statements echo Pitt's own request for privacy and a need for the public to become invested in any number of matters other than his own affairs. Released via People, Pitt stated: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids... I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time." Jolie's own statement, even more brief than Pitt's, was released through her entertainment attorney, Robert Offer: "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."

And with that, I think it's high time that we put this line of inquiry to rest. It's a shame that not one, not two, but four people have had to make it known that the need for privacy and an immediate end to falsehoods was needed but alas, here we are. If anything, this should be a lesson to the public that some things are better left out of the rumor mill.