John Paulson is a hedge fund billionaire. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images / Getty Images)
They then jetted to Austria for the Salzburg Music Festival, where they stayed from Aug. 20 to the 22nd. Exactly a month later, Paulson, 65, filed for divorce.
"They spent the summer together, there’s a photo together of John, Jenny and their girls on Aug. 6 at the East Hampton Guildhall Summer gala, they’re smiling and they appear to be a loving couple, all seemed well and happy.
"The apparent narrative that Jenny was aware they were in a dysfunctional and loveless marriage and knew about John’s need to find happiness in a young woman half his age is simply a fiction," the source added.
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Page Six first reported the exclusive on the Paulson divorce on Sept. 21.
"The family was all together and happy in Austria and there was no sign of anything abnormal — yet four weeks later John filed for divorce."
"Any further apparent narrative that she was okay with his cheating, that she was willing to look the other way, is false. She was shocked at the relationship that was first revealed to her in the Post. Even more shocking is that he is old enough to be this girl’s father."
Asked just how long Paulson’s relationship with de Almeida had been ongoing, the source replied: "Well, it couldn’t have started in a day, so there is a strong inference that this has been going on for a while.
"Would I say Paulson fell for her due to her nutrition tips — hardly."
Paulson’s split was telegraphed earlier in the month in September, when he brought de Almeida, and not Jenny, to the Manhattan Institute’s 2021 Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street.
"It’s even worse," said the source. "Jenny didn’t know about that event, she didn’t know that John was there and that he had invited Alina."
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De Almeida, who was at a separate table to Paulson, talked openly about their relationship at the Sept. 10 event, multiple attendees of the event said.
"Jenny felt this behavior is both disrespectful and appalling to a wife of 21 years, who you’ve known for 27/28 years and with whom you have two kids," said the source.
"Jenny has always been faithful. She’s from a Romanian family that taught her moral values, meaning fidelity not infidelity. It means truth not hiding. She had no idea that he had secretly taken up with a woman who could be his daughter, making the pain even worse."
Page Six last week exclusively reported that
Paulson whisked de Almeida away to Lake Como in Italy for the wedding of Blackstone exec Mark Mofatt and British beauty Sarah Mintz at romantic 16th-century Villa d’Este on Sept. 25, flaunting their relationship out in public for the first time.
"It’s so disrespectful and humiliating to Jenny and the whole family," said the source.
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Paulson is now living with de Almeida in the midtown apartment he owns with his wife.
Another source who knows Jenny said this is also galling as "Jenny is a co-owner. Has he asked permission to have anyone stay? No! You may not want a third party in your own apartment."
A lawyer for Paulson, William D. Zabel, declined to comment on the claims.
Meanwhile insiders on the divorce case told Page Six that Paulson has withdrawn his divorce filing so both parties can negotiate out of court.
One insider said, "John has withdrawn his divorce action so both sides can negotiate out of court and out of the media. He can reinstate the divorce filing at any time."
The insider said the divorce negotiations are likely to be lengthy because of Paulson’s immense fortune, and because the couple does not have a prenup. Plus there is the Paulson Family Foundation, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, which has to be divided up.
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Jenny is being represented by Robert S. Cohen, who most recently represented Melinda Gates and helped her navigate her split from Bill Gates along with the legalities regarding their foundation.
A spokesperson for the estranged couple told Page Six in a statement, "John and Jenny Paulson have agreed to withdraw their court divorce proceeding and are working toward an amicable negotiated resolution. The Paulsons will not comment any further and request that the privacy of them and their family be respected."
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