French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is desperately trying for a baby - but admits time might be against her.
In a highly personal interview published today, the 40-year-old was asked directly if she was pregnant following marriage to President Nicolas Sarkozy in February.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy replied: “No, unfortunately not. I wonder if my stomach’s got bigger, because everyone is asking me the same question.
'I’m not pregnant and I regret it because I love it when I am.
'Will it happen? It’s difficult for me to say. It’s much more difficult at 40 than it is at 25.'
Speculation about Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy having a baby has been rife ever since the start of an 80 day whirlwind romance with the president which only started last November.
She has had one child, a son, seven-year-old Aurélien, from a previous relationship, but has made no secret of wanting to have a child with Mr Sarkozy, 53.
He has three sons from his first two marriages, as well as two step daughters.
If she does indeed fulfil her wish to have a baby while here husband is in office, Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy will be the first high profile wife of a political leader to have a baby in office since Cherie Blair had Leo in 2000 when Tony Blair was Prime Minister.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy’s comments to Paris based VSD magazine come on the eve of the release of her new album of pop songs, 'As if nothing happened'.
Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy has been splashed over countless magazine covers in recent weeks, and she will appear on prime-time French television news on Friday, the night of her album's official release.
CD sleeve: The First Lady of French pop music
She said she was aware the response to the 42-minute album 'will not just be musical' and 'risks being scrambled' by her marriage to the notoriously Right Wing Mr Sarkozy.
Some lyrics clearly refer to her romance with the President.
In Ta Tienne (Yours), she sings: 'Let them curse me, I don't give a damn. I couldn't care less, I take all the blame I who made men dance/I give myself to you entirely.'
Others have caused a stir. On one track she sings that she is 'still a child, despite my 40 years, despite my 30 lovers'.