why she feels obliged to appear with François Hollande

Julie Gayet and François Hollande rarely perform together. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

In “A Perfect Mother,” this Thursday, April 28, 2022 on TF1, Julie Gayet returns to the small screen as the mother of a young girl accused of murder. A role for François Hollande’s partner, who has been less present on stage in recent months. Discreetly, the actress nevertheless ensures that she regularly appears on the arm of the former president of the republic. And she has a very good reason for that.

Everyone knows the beginning of the love story that unites François Hollande and Julie Gayet. At the time, the politician was president of the Republic, in a relationship with journalist Valérie Trierweiler. And yet he had managed to get pinned down by paparazzi while making intimate visits to the actress, solo on his scooter, croissants in hand. The story had inevitably made headlines from the tabloid press and was a real humiliation for the scorned woman, who had taken revenge through the book “Thank you for this moment”.

Video. The Minute by Julie Gayet

No living in the shadow of the President of the Republic

Once the storm passed, Julie Gayet never expressed a desire to count as First Lady alongside her companion. For fear of controversy or disinterest? Hard to say. What is certain is that the actress and producer had a career of her own and did not want to help but shine through her talent. The attention of the paparazzi and the “peopolitical” press, she would have done well without it.

In 2018, in Paris Match’s columns, Julie Gayet had been very clear about what she thought of the role of First Lady and the idea of ​​sacrificing her career for a man: “We choose a person, not a couple. The position of first lady is sexist, it’s a job where you have to stop working and you don’t receive a salary. Impossible for someone who grew up surrounded by “strong and independent women”, and who demands the same freedoms. She didn’t see much of the Elysée , she contented herself with the private quarters of the palace. The rest ? “I never set foot there. Even in the cinema. I never went to a ceremony, I refused official dinners.” Confident, she specifies, “I made sure there was a very strong separation between me, our story and his work.”

Always support

Instead of becoming First Lady, the actress and producer decided to call herself “Lady of Hearts”. “Stand with the president without taking the place of first lady. And leave those whose job it is, the advisers, the secretaries, the protocol officers, who should not be running the campaign.” A way for her to stand by the man she loves and support him, especially as she is aware: “We came out of the five-year term bloodless. There was no delay at all. . I was trying to re-energize the president, take care of him, listen.”

Support tinged with respect, and which is not one-sided, as she told Le Parisien: “The most important thing is that there is real respect for the work of each other, and the fact that we exist independently of each other. This is real equality between husband and wife. Neither would allow us to intervene in the domain of the other.” Always present for each other, their public appearances together remain rare, but always accused of complicity.

An independence that fuels rumours

On paper, the independence of Julie Gayet and François Hollande within their couple shows a certain modernity. But in fact, their discretion and desire to keep their secret garden has also served as the breeding ground for many rumors about their couple and their love. “We always said, with François, that everyone had their career, their job and that we didn’t have to appear together. But if we don’t, we say we are separated,” she complained in the columns of the World in 2020 Really unfortunate for the actress and producer who feels she doesn’t have to show her love for the latter to exist. “We know we love each other, our private life is nobody’s business.”

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Words that echo those two years earlier in 2018, during an interview with the Dauphiné Libéré: “I am an actress. I defend my ideas and my values ​​through my work. I have always protected my sphere privacy, even before François. That means not that we hide, but we don’t want to stress our private life. We just want to live discreetly, because that’s how we are.” And to conclude, “It’s important for me to stay side by side, with each of our respective professional lives. I think it’s a pretty simple way to share our happiness.” A happiness they want to enjoy privately, far from the judgments of the public or their opponents.

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