French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy denies she has had 30 lovers, despite shocking fans by referring to them in her recently released album.

The 40-year-old ex-model insists the controversial lyrics “my 30 lovers” were a result of "poetic license.”

"It's not that I had a lot of lovers. It's that I never hide them. It's a different thing. I have not one day of regret," she told Paris Match. She says in actuality she has had 15 lovers.

Before marrying 53-year-old President Nicolas Sarkozy in February, Bruni dated a number of high-profile celebrities, including rockers Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

The singer’s new album, "Comme si de rien n'etait" (As if nothing had happened)," appeared in record stores this month.

Burni also recently said her husband was not upset when he learned of all the nude photos she did during her modeling days.

Bruni-Sarkozy told Vanity Fair magazine that she gathered up her past nude shots to show Sarkozy early in their relationship, telling him: "You must know that this is going to come out."

"He said, 'Oh, I like this one! Can I have a print of it?'" Bruni-Sarkozy was quoted as telling the magazine, which released an advance copy of the interview on Monday.

France’s first lady also told Vanity Fair she sees herself as a Parisian Jackie Kennedy, welcoming comparisons to John F. Kennedy’s wife, the Times of London reported.

"She was so young and modern," Bruni-Sarkozy told Vanity Fair. "Unconsciously I would project myself more like Jackie Kennedy than for instance, Madame de Gaulle, who would be much more like the classical French woman behind her husband."

Vanity Fair's September edition, with Bruni-Sarkozy photographs by Annie Leibovitz and an interview by special correspondent Maureen Orth, widow of late NBC newsman Tim Russert, hits newsstands Friday.

Click here to read more on Bruni-Sarkozy's interview with Paris Match.

Click here to read more on the Vanity Fair article from The Times of London.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.