It's been a tough year for Paula Deen, whose career and public reputation imploded earlier this year thanks to a high-profile lawsuit filed by a former employee. Now a report has come out from the National Enquirer saying the celebrity chef, 66, kicked out her husband, Michael Groover, for having a secret mistress.
A source close to the family vehemently denies these claims, telling Us Weekly, "This story is absolutely not true. They have never been closer. Michael adores her and Paula adores him. They are completely fine."
The tabloid claimed that Groover, 57, had been seeing a "sexy middle-age brunette" who has known the family for years. This isn't the first time The Enquirer has claimed the Southern couple was splitting. In July 2013, the tabloid reported they were heading for a $17 million divorce battle. The claims were unfounded and Deen and Groover never filed for divorce.
Deen, who was dropped by the Food Network and lost most of her endorsement deals after admitting to using the N-word multiples times in this summer's lawsuit, has yet to officially comment on the latest report on her personal life. The couple lives together in Savannah, Georgia.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. dismissed the racial discrimination lawsuit in August 2013, saying that the former employee who filed the suit could not be the "victim" of Deen's use of the N-word because she was white.