“I’ve a determine and a mode, however I do my finest to remain slim”

Delicate singer, magnetic supermodel, and former engaged first girl, Carla Bruni leads a number of lives, all of them intense. This fashion icon, a good friend of the Bulgari home, opens the doorways of his villa in Cap Nègre for an unique assembly. Pure in incandescence, she entrusted her to me, in all simplicity.

Might 2022. The Cannes Movie Pageant ends. A couple of hundred kilometers away, in Cap Nègre, within the Massif des Maures, Carla Bruni has promised to open the doorways of the household villa to us, an ultra-protected sanctuary, proud and excellent bastide hidden among the many maritime pines, perched on an outcrop rocky and dominating a deep blue of the Mediterranean. A film set, an air of Italy on this home the place nothing has modified because the Forties, a want from Virginio, the pricey deceased brother.

It’s a dwelling home, with books and toys. On the water’s edge, we meet Valeria, her director sister, in a washing swimsuit, dripping -she swam-, Marisa, the mom, crosses the imposing room in resort slippers, Aunt Gigi takes within the recent air on the fringe of the bean formed like a swimming pool, Nicolas Sarkozy greets them warmly, and Giulia, his lovely little daughter, inspects the coat racks and the Bulgari jewelery that her mom will select to pose in entrance of photographer Anton Corbijn’s lens. As at all times, Carla Bruni is in an beautiful temper. Magnificence personified. Heat, thoughtful, she tastes her wine, the Roseblood from Château d’Estoublon, which additionally produces a spicy olive oil and which she co-owns, she places Bob Dylan on the report participant and exhibits us round. this virtually unassuming home, a narrative that, beneath Sarkozy’s presidency, noticed parading heads of state and worldwide artists.

On video, Cannes 2022: interview with Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni, former megamodel who prompted a sensation final yr on the Balmain catwalk, former first girl greater than good, is as we speak a singer who counts and an impressed songwriter: her album Any individual advised me (whose title track is a traditional) turns 20 this yr. It’s identified to her that his life is a thousand pages of a thousand lives that will make a wonderful collection on Netflix: “It might be nice and absurd,” she laughs. Interview.

Miss Figaro. – What does this home in Cap Nègre evoke in you, that you just open to us exceptionally?
Carla Brunie. – Utterly exceeds the lives that develop there. The energy of this home, which was constructed round 1934, is that it faces the wind, the sky, the ocean and the bushes. It is sort of a ship that has to resist the weather. It evokes my childhood, my youth and now my outdated age. (She laughs.) My mother and father had been in search of a home within the south of France, they visited it in 1958. At the moment they nonetheless lived in Turin, there was no motorway, it should have taken fifteen hours to get there, it discouraged them. My mother got here again and satisfied my dad to purchase it. At the moment, none of us had been born but. We went there each summer time, driving from Turin, in the beginning of July, till September, after we went again to highschool in Italy.

Carla Bruni, the duvet story

The home has not been moved because the Forties. A scrumptious classic aroma of the Italian jet-set wafts…
I bear in mind my mother and father dressing as much as “have the vermouth”. The gents in jackets, the very elegant women. My mom stored all the garments from that point, fantastic items made to measure by a seamstress from Turin. There may be, for instance, a unprecedented lengthy skirt and bodice: you allow them within the solar through the day and at night time, they’re fluorescent! It’s a time that appears blessed, the Superb Thirty, every part appeared potential. We had been to the moon, we believed in science and the Concorde flew to Rio. There was one thing within the air. Life appeared carefree, although my mother and father, like everybody else, skilled tragedy.

How did you discover your house in a household with sturdy personalities?
My mom, father, brother and sister, in fact, every had a definite character. I even have a youthful half-sister, Consuelo, daughter of my organic father, I’m very near her, though we didn’t develop up collectively. Because it was the final, she was free because the air. The actual peculiarity of my household is its freedom. It was not a “correct” household. My mother and father had been by no means thought-about necessary folks, I by no means noticed them place themselves in any specific social place, even supposing they led an unimaginable life: the 50s had been exceptional after we had been privileged. Actually, they had been artists. My mom has an incredible temperament, an incredible presence, an incredible magnificence. And my sister: a hurricane. She is greater than lovely: she is irresistible. Additionally, the individuals who love her are tied hand and foot. Valeria doesn’t help any social conference. I’m far more content material. There’s a nice pleasure in being all collectively: we speak, we talk about, we snigger rather a lot. There may be not a lot repressed.

Silk georgette gown embroidered with rhinestones, Celine by Hedi Slimane. Shade Treasures necklace, in pink gold, tourmalines, spinels, tanzanites and diamonds, excessive jewellery assortment, Bulgari. anton corbijn

Nonetheless, there was a household secret. Your father was not your organic father…
There was a lie. I at all times thought there was a thriller surrounding my delivery, however lots of children who wish to daydream are like that. My mother and father dealt with this lie very properly: they do not have responsible tempers. It was not mentioned as a result of it was not carried out on the time: it was different years. In hindsight, the invention of this lie was not such a shock: I used to be virtually relieved that there was one thing. I questioned my mom rather a lot, the Stasi! – and wished to satisfy this father instantly. He was 18 years outdated once I was born. My mom, 40, and my father, who bears the identify, 55. That is the story. I had three mother and father. I snigger rather a lot when homoparental households are blamed: a household is a household, the mother and father are the mother and father.

All this atmosphere makes you a free lady within the noblest sense of the time period: you transcend conventions…
It is actually a household story: my mother and father had been like that. And my sister is loopy: she adapts the conditions to herself once I adapt to the conditions. I’m transgressive however completely not provocative, even when I hate puritanism, morality and judgment. However I do not like issues: there are sufficient of them, in fact. I at all times keep cautious.

All this has made you a fully good first girl…
There we’re speaking about one thing else, one thing extraordinarily critical, a job that has been a pleasure and an honor. There was no query of even contemplating stepping apart. There was the illustration and likewise, alternatively, the philanthropy that was thrilling. I met fantastic folks, more often than not nameless folks, but in addition well-known folks. It has been a unbelievable 5 years, a really actual and really particular second, a unprecedented second with a unprecedented man, though I used to be joyful to depart and return to a quieter, extra peaceable life for him too…

Has he modified Nicolas Sarkozy?
What modified him was being chosen. He have had this nice honor. And that was most likely what allowed him to go to somebody like me, somebody who, not like his earlier spouse, was not concerned in politics. I do not like politics or, extra precisely, I would not have the ability to do it.

I used to be not emotionally fulfilled in any respect. I used to be proof against dedication, on precept

Carla Bruni

Was the wedding an achievement?
Getting married was necessary. I used to be not emotionally fulfilled in any respect. I used to be proof against dedication, on precept. Maybe it’s associated to my delivery? I did lengthy analyzes that modified my life: as we speak, I solely blame myself. Psychoanalysis has that good factor that we cease complicated what comes from oneself and what comes from others. In a Woody Allen film, a personality has this line that I like: “Earlier than my remedy, I moist the mattress and was embarrassed. After fifteen years of remedy, I nonetheless moist the mattress however I am pleased with it. I do not know if I am a greater individual, however I am extra practical.

You made a splash strolling the Balmain present final yr. What did you are feeling ?
He was destabilized. Actually, I take into account that he’s not my age. I’m the youngest in my household and it is extremely unusual to suppose that I’m sufficiently old to be the mom of all the opposite fashions. And, on the similar time, style remains to be a household: I like the designers, the women, the hairdressers, the make-up artists, the photographers…

Knitted swimsuit, Hermès. Serpenti necklace, in platinum, Cornflower sapphire and diamonds, excessive jewellery assortment, Bulgari. Private pact. anton corbijn

What’s your relationship with magnificence?
I haven’t got a specific relationship with magnificence, neither the one that’s attributed to me, nor that of others. She pursuits me, elegant magnificence can fascinate me in Ava Gardner, Monica Vitti or Romy Schneider, however I want grace and appeal. In addition to, she has by no means attracted me to pure magnificence. I’ve a determine and a mode, possibly, however I make a tireless effort to remain slim: two hours of sports activities a day, the barre, the elliptical, just a little pilates. Magnificence can also be a restriction: “One hour, only one hour, lovely and silly on the similar time!”, as Brel sang. (She laughs.)

Is magnificence a weapon?
For a very long time I used to be ungrateful, straight and skinny, I had the sensation of being invisible. I turned a younger lady late, at 17. Immediately, I had a physique and I might see that individuals checked out me in a different way on the seashore. What did I really feel then? The pleasure of seduction. My uncle at all times advised me, “You actually grew up an unpleasant lady! What bother do you’re taking to please your self! I am not that thinking about myself, however I wish to please. To please, to seduce, with none sexual goal, to please folks. To please is far more fascinating than to be lovely. In addition to, magnificence would not stand the age, it is hideous! I see it properly We’re much less resistant, whereas it needs to be the opposite means round. As Mae West mentioned, getting outdated will not be for cowards…

You posted on Instagram a photograph of your daughter, from the again, making an attempt in your garments. What do you need to convey to him?
I consider extra within the instance than within the transmission. If we behave properly, we must always usually have well-behaved youngsters. My two favourite qualities are kindness and generosity. I’m a mom hen, however I do not need to management my two youngsters, though I am unable to stand them being disagreeable or haughty. I used to be raised very freely and that was factor, though my mother and father weren’t round a lot and I missed them. I make up for it by being very near my youngsters, being as current as I can. I’m there to accompany them and make them stronger.

It appears that you’re dwelling your finest years.
knock on wooden Good luckas we are saying in Italy…

Final album: Carla Bruni (Barclay).

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