Liya Kebede — who’s having a major moment as the first black model to grace the cover of Paris Vogue in five years, and is a favorite of hot Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquière — has quietly separated from her hedge-under husband Kassy Kebede.
Liya, 37 — the Ethiopian-born beauty who has been a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador and has her own clothing line, Lemlem — wed Kebede in 2000. He runs Panton Capital Group and previously helped create Deutsche Bank’s global-markets division.
The couple has two kids. But a source close to the model tells us they’ve been separated “for two years — it’s never been written about.”
Eyebrows were raised in Cannes when a spy.
“They were talking for a long time. It was very flirty, Jake had her laughing.” But his rep said the pair are just friends through a financier of Gyllenhaal’s hit “Source Code.” Liya was in Cannes for L’Oréal with Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts