It’s a family affair!
The Swedish-born wife of a famous New York restaurateur dumped him – for her twin sister’s husband, Page Six has learned.
Former model Charlotte Bonstrom was married to Italian Vittorio Assaf, co-founder of Serafina Restaurants, for over 20 years and has two children with him.
But during the pandemic, Charlotte reportedly struck up an affair with Frenchman Thierry Gillier, founder of the Zadig & Voltaire fashion house – despite having been married to his identical twin, Cecilia Bonstrom.
“Charlotte had an affair with Thierry and it broke Celia’s heart …” a source said. “Poor Cecilia, betrayed by her husband and twin sister. “
Now New York society is in the throes of another potential sister act, with comments Cecilia ditched with Assaf in revenge.
Assaf, 62, has denied rumors of a high-society partner swap, although he has confirmed his wife is keen to marry her sister’s husband.
“Charlotte and I are in the process of a divorce – she wants to remarry,” he told Page Six on Wednesday. “[She] marries Thierry Gillier, her sister’s ex-husband.
“It’s very difficult,” Assaf added, “but I have nothing to do with Charlotte’s sister.”
The source alleged that Charlotte began to wander off because she was “hurt” that Assaf “often spends time with models during their marriage”.
“She was very hurt, but learned to accept it, and then she began to secretly hang out with other people,” the insider said.
Cecilia, also a former model, is believed to have discovered the affair around March 2020 – when she appeared to post about it on Instagram.
“You generally look for three things in a person: intelligence, energy and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two, ”she wrote, marking both her husband and sister in the caption.
A few days later, she posted a photo of her teary red eyes and wrote: “# momentoftruth # iknowwhoiam # nolies”. Then, a post saying, “Maturity is learning to distance yourself from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, your self-respect, your values, your morals or your self-esteem.”
Cecilia remains Creative Director of the prestigious fashion brand of Gillier, 62, “even though her husband is with his sister,” as another source put it, adding: “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. “.
“My god, what a drama,” the insider said. “You would think there would be other men besides your twin sister’s husband.”
The source also said the 50-year-old twins are unlikely to be friends again.
“It’s such a crazy story – you couldn’t even make it up.”
Contacted by phone Wednesday, Charlotte Bonstrom declined to comment, saying, “It’s my private life. You can write whatever you want. I have two kids in the middle, and I care about them more than the New Yorker. Post.
Her sister did not respond to requests for comment. Zadig & Voltaire representatives did not respond to us.
Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin