Closer (magazine)

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Closer magazine.jpg
Editor Jane Johnson (English edition), Laurence Pieau (French edition)
Categories Entertainment
Frequency Weekly
Publisher American Media, Inc. (English edition), Mondadori (French edition)
Total circulation
(June 2013)
351,632 (UK)[1]
Year founded 2005
Country United Kingdom, France
Language English, French
Website (UK) (FR)
ISSN 1774-7201
OCLC number 474490237

Closer is a British tabloid magazine published by American Media, Inc..


Closer mainly specializes in celebrity news and gossip, real-life stories, fashion and television/entertainment. There is also a French-language version of the magazine published by Mondadori, an Italian media company.[2] The French edition had a circulation of 399,589 copies in 2005.[citation needed] In the spring of 2006, the British parent company East Midlands Allied Press announced that it would separate its French subsidiary, which was eventually acquired in August 2006 by Mondadori for 545 million euros when taking over Emap France.[3]

The 2010 circulation of the French version of the magazine was 466,000 copies.[4]

In September 2012, the French edition of the magazine caused controversy by printing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) taken, apparently with a long telephoto lens from a road 1 km away, while she and her husband Prince William were on a private holiday at the Château d'Autet in the south of France.[5][6] The British edition promised that they would not publish the photographs, and distanced itself from the French edition after receiving numerous complaints.[2]

The Royal Family intends to sue the magazine, calling the publication of the photographs a "grotesque and unjustifiable invasion of privacy"; the BBC's Nicholas Witchell stated that "he had rarely seen such a level of publicly expressed anger from the palace over such an incident."[7]

In the 10 January 2014 issue, Closer "revealed the supposed affair" between French actress Julie Gayet and French President François Hollande.[8] The issues was so popular that Closer "reprinted the issue, with a further 150,000 copies scheduled to hit newsstands" on 15 January 2014.[8] The website of Closer also saw visitor numbers increase 800 percent to 1.4 million on 10 January 2014.[8]


  1. ^ "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "British Closer magazine dragged into row over Duchess of Cambridge topless pictures". The Daily Telegraph. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mondadori reaches agreement for the acquisition of Emap France for €545 million". Mondadori. Retrieved 14 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Magazine Facts 2011" (PDF). Mediakortit. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Furious' Kate and William may sue French magazine over publication of topless photographs taken on private estate". Daily Mail. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "If the paparazzi could see her, why couldn't her bodyguards see them? Questions raised over failure by royal protection police just weeks after Harry scandal". Daily Mail. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Topless Kate pictures: Duke and duchess sue French magazine Closer". BBC News. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Alex Wynne and Laure Guilbault (16 January 2014). "Pressure Mounts Against President Hollande". WWD. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

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