Macron’s wife admits big age gap worries in rare interview: ‘my head was in a mess’
French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, has revealed her relationship concerns from the early days of dating the future French leader – including concerns that he would “fall into love with someone his age” after moving schools.
“My head was in a mess,” said Brigitte Macron in a rare interview, given to the outlet Paris Match, and reported in the Daily Telegraph. “To me, a young boy was so fragile.”
“Emanuel had to leave for Paris,” Macron said. “I told myself he would fall in love with someone [own] age It didn’t happen.”
The couple’s age difference – she, 70, and he, 45 – has been a hot topic for the couple: Macron addressed the difference in a 2017 interview with Elle France, telling our -out “there are times in your life where you have to. make critical choices.”
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“Of course, we have breakfast together, me and my wrinkles, he’s young, but it’s like that,” Macron told Elle at the time. “If I didn’t make that choice, I would have lost my life. I had a lot of happiness with my children and, at the same time, I felt that I had to live ‘this love’ as Prevert used to say, to be fully happy.”
The couple met while Brigitte was teaching drama at the Providence Catholic school in Amiens. Her daughter was Emmanuel’s classmate.
The most recent interview, translated and reported by the UK’s Daily Telegraph, reveals that Macron suffered a lot of anxiety over the age difference, which eventually led to a scandal when he came it became clear that she, who was a 40-year-old teacher at the time, had become involved in legal proceedings. relationship with her 15-year-old pupil, Emmanuel.
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France’s age of consent is 15, which was not enforced except in cases of sexual violence until the country passed the legal age, according to the European outlet Politico.
Emmanuel’s parents immediately decided to send him to a boarding school in Paris for the rest of his studies, but that did not stop him from his relationship with Brigitte.
After Emmanuel left for Paris, Brigitte stopped teaching drama and instead went to Latin classes. She was married but separated from her husband for years. She divorced him shortly before marrying Emmanuel.
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She was also worried about how the relationship with the teenager would affect her children, who are the same age as Emmanuel. Brigitte said she waited ten years before pulling the trigger to make sure the couple’s marriage would not cause too much trouble for the rest of her family.
“I took time so I wouldn’t ruin their lives,” Brigitte told Match. “That lasted 10 years, the time to put them on the rails. You can imagine what they were hearing. But I didn’t want to miss my life.”
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When the couple married in 2007, when Emmanuel was 29, he told his three children, “Thank you for accepting us, a couple that is not very normal.”
He won election as president of France at the age of 39 – the country’s youngest ever president and around the same age his wife was when they met, according to The Independent.