French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his separation from Valerie Trierweiler.
The announcement was made via a press release and comes two weeks after the French magazine Closer published allegations that he was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet.
His relationship with Trierweiler became public in 2007, just six months after Hollande split with the mother of his four children, Segolene Royal.
He had promised to clarify the position of France’s First Lady before an official visit to the US on February 11.
Gayet has launched legal proceedings against Closer for breach of privacy although rumours of the relationship were circulating on the internet for most of last year.