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Earlier this month, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy told TF1 program Sept a Huit that she will prohibit the press from printing photographs of her baby.

“I will do everything to protect this infant, and I’ll be absolutely rigorous,” Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy said. “I will never show photos of this child. I will never expose this child.”

A proud “mother hen,” Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy said she developed her strong views on the matter after taking her firstborn Aurelien on a public date in 2008 with Mr. Sarkozy, her then-husband-to-be.

“My eldest son was exposed once, not in a public situation but in a private one, and it was a great error,” Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy said. “I should never have taken my son. … I should have foreseen there would be photographers.”

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‘Playboy Club’ actor comes out as gay

Controversial NBC show “The Playboy Club” now has another reason to generate buzz: One of its actors came out of the closet Monday.

Sean Maher, who plays a character with the same first name on the television drama, told Entertainment Weekly that he’s been keeping a big secret for the 14 years he has worked in Hollywood.

“I’ve never discussed it publicly,” Mr. Maher, who appeared in the TV series “Firefly,” said of his sexuality. “I’ve never been asked about it publicly, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t paint a different picture.”

The father of two adopted children lives in Southern California with his partner of nearly nine years.

“It’s so liberating,” Mr. Maher said. “It was interesting to be coming to have a conversation that I was always afraid to have. … This is my coming-out ball. I’ve been dying to do this.”

Mr. Maher comes forward about being gay at a time when highly publicized, popular TV shows such as “Glee” feature, and often embrace, homosexuality, but the ‘90s didn’t come with the same kind of representation. When Mr. Maher graduated from New York University in 1997 and relocated to Los Angeles, he was advised to date women for his image.

Preparing Mr. Maher for his role on “Ryan Caulfield: Year One,” publicists said his having a girlfriend for the tabloids could help the series.

“They’re telling me, ‘You know, gosh, we’d really appreciate it if you could keep your girlfriend on the side because we want to appeal to the female demographic of the show,’ ” Mr. Maher said. “At that moment, I didn’t think to say, ‘Oh, I’m gay,’ because right before I left New York, I had my manager tell me: ‘You need to get a girl on your arm or people will start talking.’ I remember telling him: ‘I’m gay.’ He had no idea. And he said: ‘All the more reason to get a girl on your arm.’ My agent was also like, ‘It’s best if you keep your options open. Maybe bisexual?’ “

To protect his career, Mr. Maher didn’t say a word about being gay.

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