More than 25 years after Barbara’s death, Gerard Depardieu is still honoring his friend. For many years, the singer and the actor lived a very touching friendly story.
With Barbara, Gerard Depardieu undoubtedly experienced his most beautiful friendship story. In the 1980s, his passion for music united his two souls, which no one could have imagined. The still little-known actor crossed paths with the already star singer. “When I started doing theater. I’ve played ‘Buddy Up’, ‘Garson’s Gang’, the whole Claude Reggae saga around Edward Bond and Peter Handke… One day someone said, ‘Come on, let’s go listen.’ Barbarahe said Telerama. It seems it was in Bobino. Our first meeting. Later we got to know each other better and became very close, as if we were lovers in a past life.. We started meeting, calling all the time. I had my room in her house, in the Press.” Together they wrote the show Lily Passion.
“Their relationship? Wonderful It was incredible, Barbara’s love for Gerard and vice versa. Unbelievable. She respected him so much.” — summed up Gerard Daguerre, Barbara’s pianist, who played with Gerard Depardieu on TV. A few years ago, still marked by the death of the translator Black Eagle, the actor decided to pay tribute to him in music, singing the best songs of this “extraordinary woman” as he described in the columns of La Provence, this Saturday, July 30. If there was such a strong friendship between the two artists, it was because they were very similar. “With Barbara, we had the same wildness, the same violence inside”mentions Gerard Depardieu, for whom his friend sang “had an absolutely amazing verb”. Twenty-five years after Barbara’s death, he remembers their musical collaboration well. “I had the opportunity to make an opera with her, a naive story called Lily Passion. This was incredible. I spent wonderful years”he still trusted the columns of La Provence.
Gerard Depardieu: “I got to see her the day she was hospitalized”
“I’ve never seen such enthusiasm from the people she talked to, the women who threw themselves under the car. […] We loved each other very much”, – modestly added Gerard Depardieu. So much so that after his death he could not listen to his songs for many years, he was upset. If he takes great pleasure in honoring him, Gerard Depardieu wishes to keep much of this special friendship a secret. “I will not say anything about our secrets. Our laughter and our wounds, which were almost the same, will remain ours.”– he swore in the columns of Télérama in 2018. He will never forget their last interview: “I was supposed to meet her the day she was hospitalized, but I was detained. The next day I went to the hospital. I brought her a beautiful bracelet with very dark sapphires, which she loved. But everything is over.”