EditorJane Johnson (English edition), Laurence Pieau (French edition)
PublisherBauer Consumer Media (English edition), Ami Celebrity Publications (American edition), Mondadori (French edition)
Total circulation
190,910 (FR)[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
LanguageEnglish, French (UK) (US) (FR)

Closer is a British tabloid magazine founded in 2005 and published by Bauer Consumer Media. A French language version followed shortly afterwards, and an American edition began publication in 2013.


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 January 2013, an American edition was launched in New York published by AMI Celebrity Publications, targeting both USA and Canadian markets. The new edition is stylized as closer with a small "c" whereas the UK edition consistently uses a capital "C".


In September 2012, the French edition of the magazine printed 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. 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 said it intended 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."[5]

In the 10 January 2014 issue, Closer "revealed the supposed affair" between French actress Julie Gayet and French President François Hollande.[6] The issue was so popular that Closer "reprinted the issue, with a further 150,000 copies scheduled to hit newsstands" on 15 January 2014.[6] The website of Closer also saw visitor numbers increase 800 percent to 1.4 million on 10 January 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Closer".
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Topless Kate pictures: Duke and duchess sue French magazine Closer". BBC News. 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Alex Wynne and Laure Guilbault (16 January 2014). "Pressure Mounts Against President Hollande". WWD. Retrieved 16 January 2014.