Now she has her say.
The jilted lover of President François Hollande of France has written a tell-all book about her days as France's onetime unofficial first lady and of her version of events that led the couple to separate after the president was exposed as having an affair by a French gossip magazine.
The book by Valérie Trierweiler, 49, who separated from Hollande in January, describes how news of the affair pushed her to the edge. She acknowledges that she "cracked" and attempted suicide by trying to overdose on sleeping pills when she learned of Mr. Hollande's affair with an actress, Julie Gayet.
While the book, "Thank You for This Moment," in many ways merely confirms the outlines of an episode much speculated about in the French news media, it is the first time that a sitting French president has been the object of a "kiss and tell" book. Its lurid details, and sometimes belittling tone toward Mr. Hollande, have provoked both sensation and some criticism here after excerpts were published by the magazine Paris Match before the book's official release on Thursday.
Many commentators described it as an act of revenge from a humiliated woman that would further tarnish the image of Hollande, whose popularity is already at record lows. A spokesman for the Élysée Palace said he did not wish to comment.
After learning of the affair, Trierweiler, a longtime journalist for Paris Match, had an "emotional collapse," according to her spokesman at the time, and spent more than a week in a hospital.
"The information about Julie Gayet is top of the morning news," Ms. Trierweiler wrote in her first public account of her immediate reaction to the reports that Hollande, 59, had multiple liaisons with Gayet, escaping from the presidential palace disguised in a helmet on his scooter.
"I've had enough. I can't listen to this anymore," she wrote. "I run into the bathroom. I grab the little plastic bag which contains sleeping pills. François followed me. He tries to snatch the bag out of my hand. I ran into the room. He gets hold of the bag, and it rips. Pills fall all over the bed and the floor. I get hold of some of them. I swallow what I can."