Johnny Hallyday, who succumbed to his cancer in 2017, would have turned 79 on June 15, 2022. Love, Drugs, Rise and Fall, Alcohol, Cigarettes and 'Food'... Everything about the crazy life of the Taulier.
Johnny Hallyday aka Jean-Philippe Smet would have been 79 , on June 15, 2022. Nearly five years after his death on December 5, 2017 at the age of 74, Johnny Hallyday is still considered the King of French Rock. And for good reason: his impressive career has been punctuated by numerous excesses that will have led him to lung cancer...
For Paris Match , the paparazzi Daniel Angeli confided in the underside of their friendship and the habits of the Taulier. ' I met him in Gstaad, I was 53 years old and I didn't leave him for almost 20 years. It's the story of a sincere friendship, we shared everything', revealed the photographer, in August 2021.
It's no secret that the Teen Idol liked good bottles, but he also had a disconcerting lifestyle.
The Late Rocker' did not pretend booze level ', recalled Daniel Angeli, who added: ' He could be very difficult when he was drunk '.
The two friends spent a lot of time together and did not hesitate to smoke (too) many cigarettes... ' We smoked gypsies, one cartridge a day between the two of us “, thus swung the one who is nicknamed “the king of the paparazzi”.
As an absolute star, the father of Laura, David, Jade and Joy did not do things by halves. Daniel Angeli confessed to having experienced a ' extraordinary life ' by his side. 'We were jumping from one plane to another , we ate at plus great tables of France . Good food was important to him “, he continued in Paris Match .
Despite his immense celebrity, Johnny Hallyday retained a spontaneous sympathy and benevolence and did not hesitate to meet everyone they met. ' He always said: you have to eat it baba au rhum by Laeticia , it's the best'.
His simplicity and his charisma captivated me. He was talking to people on the street or in restaurants . They were hallucinating, Told the septuagenarian, who also added that the singer was despite everything ' also very shy '.
The rocker died on December 5, 2017, surrendering after a fierce battle with that damned crab. Very present in the French media landscape, the idol of young people has been on the cover of more than 2100 magazines and has popularized the rock'n'roll culture hitherto unknown or even depreciated in France.
True usa lover , his exceptional acting brings a lot to the French scene. Initially criticized, the Youth Idol became an icon: during his career, more than 28 million spectators traveled to see him sing, and 100 million records were sold. He is also rewarded with 40 gold discs, 22 platinum, 3 diamond and 8 Victoires de la musique.
His nickname comes from his stepfather, Lee Halliday . His father left his mother when the little one was only a few months old. Jean-Philippe and Léon Smet had a very difficult relationship. Lee Halliday was performing in Europe with his band during the 1940s and Johnny proudly took his surname as his stage name.
Registered at the conservatory, he learned the guitar, to the great displeasure of his family and his teachers. He also gets minor film roles and on television. It's thanks to the movie Frenzied Love with Elvis Presley that he decided to become a rock'n'roll singer.
First of all refused in clubs , he landed a stint in 1959 on the radio show Paris Cocktail where he sings 'Come have a game'. He was noticed by two songwriters who brought him into the Vogue record company. He signed his first real contract in January 1960. The premier album sees the name he borrowed from his stepfather misspelled. He keeps it and really becomes Johnny Hallyday. It is the starting point of a great career of the demon of the scene.
on private life is highly publicized . In 1964, he saw a passionate relationship with Sylvie Vartan , of whom he always speaks with deep respect. They get married in 1965 during his military service. The star couple performs at the Olympia and even sings in front of the reine Elisabeth II .
But in 1966 it was loss of record sales , Johnny no longer sells out and favors foreign countries. Antoine, his 'rival' at the time, even made a hit 'The rantings of Antoine' where he wants 'lock Johnny in a cage at Médrano' deeming it outdated. Indeed the glory, the stress and the exhaustion are right of the singer.
When Sylvie Vartan files for divorce that year, he made a first suicide attempt in September, when their first child, David, was born a month earlier. The couple reconciled, but in February 1970 in Belfort, on the road for a gala, a serious car accident severely injured the face of the high school girl from the twist. Surgical operations follow one another, but the singer remains prostrate for a very long time.
Johnny then reconnects with his demons, the drugs and suicidal thoughts . A womanizer, he had an affair with his chorister, Nanette Workman in 1972. Deeply hurt, Sylvie Vartan finally managed to forgive him and the couple released a monster hit in 1973, 'I have a problem'.
Bad luck pursues the cursed couple: in 1974, Sylvie Vartan, pregnant, loses the baby. In 1975, problems with the taxman forces them to go into exile in the USA: Johnny Hallyday owes a few hundred million francs in arrears. In 1977, it's the big comeback: they chain tours and performances together 'I Think He's Driving Me Crazy', 'The Time of Rock and Roll'. In 1970, the showman made his first real film debut. He is a judge in 'The specialist' and repentant thug in 'Point of kick'.
The 1970s also marked the abandonment of rock violent for more melodious music. 'The Music I Love', 'I Love You, I Love You, I Love You' . At the end of the 1970s, the stagings are cleaner, more polished.
In 1980 he Divorce de Sylvie Vartan but will have a hard time recovering. He connects liaisons and lightning marriages (Babeth, his second wife) but in 1982, he meets Nathalie Baye and gets married. They have a daughter Laura Smet . Their romance lasts 3 years.
After a few love affairs and furtive relationships in showbiz, the Taulier meets Adeline Blondieau , the daughter of a friend of his, who was only 14 at the time.
She becomes his fourth wife. This relationship is littered with arguments and fraught with resentment. They still have a bitter memory of it.
In March 1995, he met Laetitia Boudou , French supermodel 32 years his junior, whom he married a year later. The couple ignores the comments and imposes their fusional romance. After several miscarriages, the desire for motherhood remains strong. Together, they decide to adopt two small Vietnamese: Jade in 2004 then Joy in 2007.
In 2008, our French Elvis said he wanted to stop singing after a last tour in 2009 . But the same year he released a new album 'It will never end' . At that time, the doctors diagnosed him with colon cancer, quickly treated, and a herniated disc which earned him a few days in an artificial coma. Restored, it was released in 2011 ' Never alone' , followed the year after by ' Waiting' , of ' Stay alive' a 2014 a ' Of love' in 2015. There's no stopping him!
But fate decided otherwise: the French King announced in March 2017 to be suffering from a lung cancer , which did not prevent him from going on tour with his 'Old Scoundrels' Eddy Mitchell and Jacques Dutronc. Nevertheless, his state of health continues to worry fans, relatives and friends. Admitted on November 13 to the Bizet clinic, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, for respiratory distress , then returned home where Laeticia Hallyday watched over him until his last breath, Johnny passed away. Hallyday is dead, a myth is born.Source journaldesfemmes.fr