A former model has dumped her New York restaurateur husband for the founder of Zadig & Voltaire, the husband of her identical twin sister — and her heartbroken sister is said to have taken up with her estranged husband for revenge, according to a report.
A source told Page six the rumor exchange started during the pandemic when ex-model Charlotte Bonstrom, 50, cheated on 20-year-old husband Vittorio Assaf.
Charlotte is said to have started an affair with Thierry Gillier – the 62-year-old founder of the luxury fashion house Zadig & Voltaire and the husband of her own sister and former model Cecilia Bonstrom.
Assaf, the 62-year-old founder of the famous New York restaurant chain Serafina, and Charlotte have two children together.
Meanwhile, Cecilia and Gillier have a son Emil and three children from their previous relationships.
They continue to work together at Zadig & Voltaire, where Cecilia has been the artistic director since 2006.
The company’s website describes Cecilia as “the other half of Zadig & Voltaire” whose style “plays in perfect balance for founder Thierry Gillier.”
Now there are also rumors that Cecilia and Assaf have become an item.
Charlotte and Cecilia Bonstrom with Thierry Gillier in 2017. Former model Charlotte has dumped her New York restaurateur wife Vittorio Assaf for the identical twin Cecilia’s Zadig & Voltaire founder husband Gillier, according to a report.
Charlotte Bonstrom and Vittorio Assaf in 2010 (left). Thierry Gillier and Cecilia Bonstrom in 2016 (right). Rumor has it that the sisters have swapped spouses
Assaf confirmed to Page Six on Wednesday that he is divorcing his wife because she wants to marry her sister’s husband, Gillier.
“Charlotte and I are getting a divorce – she wants to remarry,” he said on Wednesday.
‘[She] is going to marry Thierry Gillier, her sister’s ex-husband.’
Assaf denied any romance between him and Cecilia.
“It’s very difficult, but I have nothing to do with Charlotte’s sister,” he insisted.
It’s not clear when exactly Gillier and Charlotte started cheating on their respective partners, though it would have been sometime during the pandemic.
The source told Page Six that Charlotte had “secretly dated other people” because she was “hurt” that Assaf “spent time with models during their marriage.”
Cecilia was then said to have learned of her sister and husband’s double betrayal last March, with the source saying “it broke Celia’s heart.”
Vittorio Assaf, Charlotte and Cecilia Bonstrom at a 2009 Zadig & Voltaire show in NYC. Assaf told Page Six that he is divorcing his wife Charlotte because she is getting married to Thierry Gillier, her sister Cecilia’s ex-husband
Sante D’Orazio, Donna D’Cruz, Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf and Thierry Gillier (LR) at a Zadig & Voltaire show in 2009. Gillier is married to Charlotte’s sister Cecilia, but is said to have had an affair with Charlotte during the pandemic
She posted cryptic messages on Instagram at the time, lashing out at Gillier and Charlotte for lacking “integrity.”
In one, posted March 13, she shared a meme reading: “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 tagged her husband and sister in the post along with the hashtags “#thanks” and “#warrenbuffet.”
Two days later, on March 15, she posted a close-up photo of her own red eyes with the hashtags “#momentoftruth #iknowwhoiam #nolies.”
She shared another post the next day that read, “Adulthood is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-esteem, values, morals, or self-esteem.”
Cecilia is said to have heard of the affair in March 2020. She posted cryptic messages on Instagram at the time, taking swipes at Gillier and Charlotte for lacking “integrity.”
Neither her sister nor her husband appear in any of her Instagram posts after this date.
Cecilia regularly posts photos from fashion shoots with Zadig & Voltaire and another source tells Page Six that the divorced spouses both still work for the label.
“I don’t know how that will turn out,” they said.
“You’d think there were other men around than your twin sister’s husband.”
The source said they don’t think the identical twins will ever reconcile their relationship.
Last February, just a month before the alleged affair came to light, Cecilia and Gillier released fashion Bible Fashion a tour of their home in Paris.
Cecilia Bonstrom and Charlotte Bonstrom attend the private dinner for the Zadig and Voltaire art exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 2013
The designer couple, who married in 2016, posed for photos on the stairs of the new five-bedroom, 500-square-foot home, describing how they transformed the place—a stone’s throw from the fashion house’s headquarters. with ‘their shared aesthetics.’
Meanwhile, Charlotte set up a GoFundMe last March to raise money on Assaf’s behalf after Serafina restaurants were closed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
Assaf co-founded Serafina with Fabio Granato with the opening of his first pizza restaurant in New York City. It has now expanded across three continents.
Attempts by DailyMail.com to reach Assaf, Charlotte and Cecilia by phone for comment Wednesday night failed.
Charlotte declined to comment on Page Six, saying, “This is my private life. You can write whatever you want. I have two kids in the middle, and I care more about them than the New York Post.”
Cecilia and Gillier will continue to work together at Zadig & Voltaire. He founded the company and she has been its artistic director since 2006
Assaf co-founded Serafina with Fabio Granato with his first pizza restaurant in New York