Bestselling author Edward Klein's bombshell claim that Michelle Obama and top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett have become so close they may live together in Europe after President Barack Obama finishes his second term has sent the rumor mill into overdrive.
But Klein, who made the startling assertion on his website, told Newsmax TV on Friday that the relationship between the high-powered women definitely does not involve physical intimacy.
"These two are really connected at the hip, Valerie and Michelle. They're best friends, [an] older sister, younger sister kind of thing.
"Every night they go up to the family quarters of the White House [and] Valerie Jarrett joins the family. Afterwards, she stays up there with Michelle, they open a bottle of Chardonnay, and they talk about their future."
Klein bared the jaw-dropping claim this week on his blog "Ed Klein Confidential," writing that the first lady's post-White House plans "don’t include her husband" … and the future she envisions includes one other person — her best friend and confidant, Valerie Jarrett.
Klein said a source close to Jarrett, who is divorced and has a grown daughter, revealed to him that Michelle and Valerie "discuss their possibilities all the time and Michelle talks about their future as if they are one and the same."
The source added Michelle plans to pen a memoir, after which "she and Valerie want to travel abroad — maybe make their base for a while in Spain or France.
"Valerie sees Michelle and herself sitting on the boards of a handful of corporations, giving speeches for big bucks, writing books, and living large. Michelle has had the time of her life in the White House, and she doesn’t want to step down from that luxurious Air Force One lifestyle."