Vanessa Paradis is dating Carla Bruni’s ex-lover, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld

Vanessa Paradis Karl Lagerfeld

I’ve finally figured out that Karl Lagerfeld is more than just an (overrated?) German designer and daddy to Princess Choupette. He’s also a matchmaker too! Remember how Katy Perry conveniently started “dating” Lagerfeld’s vapid muse, the so-called highest paid male model in the world, Baptiste Giabiconi? Well, that little romance didn’t last long (for obvious reasons), but Uncle Karl is not to be deterred. Now he’s gone and set up Vanessa Paradis, with whom he rubbed nips with in the above photo, which was taken at a Chanel Versailles event in May. Of course, Vanessa and Karl have been tight for years, but as far as I know, this is the first time Karl has set her up with a gentleman. Or so I assume this dude is a gentleman:

Benjamin Biolay

Who’s the lucky guy? Benjamin Biolay, who is a French musician who has already been linked to Vanessa in a Star story from a few months ago and was supposedly quite useful at making Johnny Depp jealous. So I guess it’s official now, thanks to Karl, and now the Mail has an interesting tidbit about how Carla Bruni allegedly used to hook up with Benjamin too. This is according to some pesky rumors about how Carla and Nicolas Sarkozy were both cheating on each other in 2010, and Carla was supposedly cheating with Benjamin. Then all of a sudden, Carla came up pregnant in early 2011. I don’t really think there’s ever been a formal question of whether or not the baby was actually Sarko’s child, but the timing may have been pretty close. Anyway, that’s all presumably over by now because Vanessa has captured Benjamin’s heart:

Carla Bruni Nicholas Sarkozy

Vanessa Paradis is back in the dating game following her split from
Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp. The French singer broke up with the Hollywood superstar earlier this year after 14 years together.

Now she is seeing Benjamin Biolay, who is an ex of France’s former First Lady, Carla Bruni. Singer Biolay, 39, was introduced to Vanessa by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

“They’re the same age and have similar backgrounds in music, so Karl was keen for them to meet,” says a Paris spy. “They have even recorded a duet called ‘Enjoy’ on Benjamin’s latest album. They plan to promote and tour the album together next spring.”

It was revealed in June that Depp and Vanessa had separated. The couple have two children together — Lily-Rose, 13, and ten-year-old Jack. Rumours began to surface about a split between the pair earlier this year – the couple had not been seen at a public event together since 2010, and the French singer had not attended any of the promotional events for Depp’s recent films Dark Shadows or The Rum Diary.

The pair ended the speculation when they announced their separation in June, with Depp linked to his Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard, while Paradis is said to have moved on with French businessman Guy-David Gharbi, according to reports.

[From Daily Mail]

Small world those French celebrities live in, right? Of course, French social circles are probably equally as (figuratively) incestuous as Hollywood ones. Everyone has slept with everyone else, but now Vanessa is sleeping with a man who was allegedly banging the French First Lady while her husband was in office. Crazy stuff, and I think Vanessa can really do better. This guy is no looker for sure.

Benjamin Biolay

Vanessa Paradis

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Dap says:

    Yes, except that not really. VP is with Guy-David Gharbi, a French billionaire. She is only recording her new album with B.Biolay, who by the way is very talented. When she first started to work with BB, the French tabloids have tried to portray them as a couple, but they both denied and later there were photos of VP with Guy-David Gharbi. So this story is pretty dead. I don’t know why the English tabloid are printing it now.

  2. Dap says:

    And there was also never any proof of the Bruni-Biolay thing. It was merely a hoax invited by political opposants to make Sarkozy look stupid. If you care and if you can read French, here is an interview of Biolay where he tells his side of the story:
    “When they [the tabloids] were saying we [Carla and him] were in Thailand or wherever, it was not hard to check that this very same evening I was in fact giving a show in Joué-lès-Tours or Amiens”
    “I thought those people [surrounding Sarkozy and Bruni] could have helped me telling the truth. After all, they do have a lot of means. Except I had to deal with it alone. How nice for my family, my daughter and the people that love me”.

    • carrie says:

      Biolay never had an affair with Carla Bruni
      Biolay doesn’t have an affair with Vanessa paradis:they’re working on her next album

    • Raven says:

      Actually, taxi, the last straw for Jerry Hall was not Bruni, it was the Brazilian model who got pregnant with Jagger’s child.

  3. serena says:

    After Johnny..that? Sorry Vanessa, you could do SO MUCH better. ugh

    • Electric says:

      What? Have you seen Johnny lately?? He looks like a mid-life crisis hot topic explosion on heroin. He looks BAD.

      • bns says:


        I never thought the words “Johnny Depp is gross” would ever come out of my mouth, but Johnny Depp is gross.

    • Liv says:

      Yeah, because looks are so important in a marriage – oh my god!

      • Kim says:

        He is gross because of his cheating IMO

      • depp is gross now ew says:

        he is gross because he dresses like an idiot screams midlife crisis, he is gross because Dark Shadows and his newest crappy films, he is gross because his friends are Marilyn Manson and rapist Roman Polanski (whom he defended), he is gross because he compares photoshoots to rape, and he is gross because probably *just probably* he told his pr team and his friend of us weekly to blame his split all in the woman whom literally saved his life,

  4. lafairy says:

    Benjamin Biolay is also a well known womanizer over here, he used to be married to Chiara Mastroianni with whom he has children, and the couple ended because… he cheated on her with Virginie Ledoyen for whom he left her.

    And rumor has it that the main reason why talented Virginie Ledoyen finds hardly work even now years after that (even if she is is in a committed relationship with another man for years)is that Catherine Deneuve (Chiara’s mom) has had put all her weight in the industry to bare her from work… and this is Catherine Deneuve we are talking about!

    he is quite the womanizer!

    But all put aside this rumor is not true, he is friend with Vanessa for years and he dates quite openly Lou douillon since last year

  5. lafairy says:

    he is with Lou doillon quite openly, and he is quite a womanizer

  6. Lupe says:

    I sense that I’ll be in the minority here, but I find him kind of hot in a Jack White-type way.

  7. madrid says:

    lenny kravitz much better!

  8. shocked&appalled says:

    Nice camel toe on Carl Bruni!

  9. Ann says:

    Seems like Paradis looks a little happier since the split.

  10. normades says:

    I just want to say I think it’s so cute how all the French CB posters come out and slay this rumor in 2 seconds. Props to Dap, LaFairy and Carrie!

  11. little-red says:

    A little off topic, but I’ve noticed multiple times that Vanessa is cut!

  12. Karen says:

    Yes, I HAVE seen Johnny Depp lately and he looks fantastic. Vanessa’s fans are some of the most jealous people.

  13. DianeP says:

    I would imagine Johnny Depp would be a hard act to follow.

  14. TG says:

    I love French gossip. We don’t get it very much over here. No one does affairs better. I just read for the second time the article in Vanity Fair on Carla Bruni and Sarkozy from 2009, I think titled “Paris Match”. She seems to be something special and he does too. I just love how the French do their thing. That guy looks hot in a Jack White kind of way as was mentioned above.

    Vanessa is pretty when she doesn’t show that hideous gap tooth. I have been a long-time fan of Johnny but he is gross now and I guess I think he is the jerk who left her or forced her hand. I guess living in France didn’t change him.

  15. Frenchie says:

    Sadly, a BIG downgrade from Johnny!

    Vanessa you can do it better! you look really good for your age, your ex left you millionaire, you’re really talented. No please, not with this guy who isn’t only ugly but also a womanizer!

    And with Johnny (not a saint of my devotion) looking really good lately and with his young-hot-bisexual sex toy…he is winning now!

    c’mon Vanessa you have to go for something better!

  16. Karen says:

    So it’s a race on who she can hook up with next? What she really needs, is to be taking care of her kids…not chasing after “the next one.” I also love it when tabloid gossip is taken for truth. How many girls has Johnny been photographed with since the split? Vanessa, who hates tabloids and ‘fan sites,” would be sickened by the things her “fans” are saying about her personal life. After seeing Johnny in NY, last week, I think he looks amazing. In person, he’s incredible, and so very nice.

    • TG says:

      @Karen – I agree both Vanessa and Johnny should be focusing on their kids but it seems in celeb world that rarely happens. Within a few months if not sooner after a breakup many celebs have already moved onto a new love. Kids seem to be an afterthought.

  17. Dredz says:

    This Biolay guy resembles a younger Benicio Del Toro.

  18. Maritza says:

    They are both french, both singers and are the same age, this relationship has the potential to actually work.

  19. Lisa says:

    Dap, where are the supposed photos from French mags of Vanessa together with the young Guy (not Benjamin Biolay)? I’m sure she’s not with Biolay, they have been friends for years and work together. I’m even having problems with the rumor of her with Guy. I doubt either VP or JD want any rumors floating out there. They are both really into their family, parents, sisters, etc. Something feels really off with all these rumors after the break-up. Then there’s the rumor that she’s spotted holding hands with JD near their home in France this summer. I like that they’re very secretive, makes for interesting fan fiction!

  20. lulu says:

    BS BS wasn’t she with a 27 years old millonaire? and her gay hairdresser? with longtime friend Mathieu Chedid? and banging Lenny Kravitz again too? and wasn’t Johnny begging her to give him another chance and holding her hands in france 1 month ago?? lol her dating rumors are getting ridiculous, the french tabs are desperate to see her with a new guy they make her look like a slut/ maneater acording to them she is with a new guy in 2 weeks… she is just working with Biolay, this woman has a great taste unless she is desperate, I doubt she will sleep with this guy, she can do MUCH BETTER imo, I’m sure her next boyfriend will be gorgeous or if not gorgeous, hot and talented, mark my words, and with a pretty mouth just like she said! lol.