Renaud is 70 years old: 'Paranoid', Porn, Alcohol, Clope, Knitting, Weddings, Coluche...

Renaud, who returns with his new album 'Métèque', celebrates his 70th birthday this Wednesday, May 11! His 'sweet as honey' childhood, the revolts of May 68, his affair with Gérard Lanvin's wife, his divorce from Romane Serda, his quarrels with his brother, his mad passion, his bond with Patrick Dewaere, his recent love at first sight … and other secrets of the interpreter of “Morgane de toi”.

  Renaud at 70:"Parano", Pornos, Alcool, Clope, Tricot, Mariages, Coluche...

Renaud celebrates his 70th birthday this Wednesday, May 11. But if some celebrate this milestone with pride, this is not the case for the singer, anguished by death and unhappy at the idea of ​​​​entering a new decade. ' 70 years, it does not water, it despairs . I do not like it. Getting old is a shipwreck. I will still celebrate them in small groups, with my family, a few friends, including Jean-Paul Rouve. We have become very good friends “, he told the Parisian . Yet, so far, the singer has lived a busy existence; of its quarrels (with Francoise Hardy or his brother) to his loves (notably with Gérard Lanvin's ex-wife) through his combats , his odd jobs (represented in porn magazines or books), they are amazing passion and his ' paranoid attacks '. Discover everything you (perhaps) did not know about the interpreter of Winner Mistral . Tatain!

The latest information on singer Renaud

Renaud: his childhood 'sweet as honey'

Renaud Pierre Manuel Séchan was born on May 11, 1952, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. He was born ten minutes after his twin, David. His father, Olivier, is German and Dutch teacher , but also translator and author of detective novels . He was also awarded the Deux Magots prize in 1942 for The bodies are thirsty . He had 8 children (from several unions), including the writer Thierry Séchan , died in 2019.

As for the singer's mother, Solange Mériaux, she was worker in a factory in Saint-Étienne and became housewife after giving birth to her twins. ' My parents gave me a childhood sweet as honey . I come from a wealthy family but not bourgeois financially – maybe culturally “, confided Renaud to Telerama .

From an early age, Renaud discovered an artistic streak. At ten years old, he writes novels on his father's typewriter , then begins to listen to artists who inspire him, such as Hugues Aufray, Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen . At school, he cultivates his artistic soul and prefers to skip class to write poems in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Renaud: his song, which became an anthem in May 68

Very committed to various causes, just like his parents who took part in the pacifist demonstrations during the Algerian War, the young man joined the MCAA (Movement Against Atomic Weapons) , in 1966. At the time, he was only 14 years old. A year later, he created a Vietnam committee in his high school to protest against the vietnam war . Renaud also took part in the demonstrations of May 68 and lives for three weeks in the occupied Sorbonne , alongside his brother, Thierry Séchan.

It is also during revolts of may 68 that he writes his first song, Dead slut , in which he denounces the failings of society. ' In the first verse, I question the authority of the father, then of the teacher, the cop and the priest “, he explained in his autobiography Like a lost child . The song quickly became popular with students in revolt, who sang it during certain demonstrations.

Renaud: his crazy meeting with Patrick Dewaere

He abandoned his studies in 1969, moved into a maid's room and became storekeeper , then seller in a bookstore of the boulevard Saint-Michel. Two years later, while on vacation in Belle-Île-en-Mer, he met the actor Patrick Dewaère at a party.

Both sympathize, and the actor manages to him get a job as an actor at the Café de la Gare , in Paris, to replace an artist who left for the United States. Renaud meets there (among others) Colouche, Meow-Meow , or even Romain Bouteille . But after a few months spent feasting on stage, Renaud must return his place to the artist he replaced, who resumes his post.

Renaud was a representative in pornographic works

Moreover, because of his delays, the young man is fired from the library where he worked during the day. Back to square one. So, Renaud does odd jobs, such as diver or even representative in porn works . At the same time, he sings in the streets with an accordionist friend, Michel Pons.

It was in 1974 that Renaud managed to make his luck. In 1974, while Coluche was giving his show at the Café de la Gare, the singer decides to play in the yard for the people in the queue , with his accordionist friend and their guitarist Bénédicte Coutler. An ingenious idea, since Paul Lederman, producer of Coluche, notices them and offers them to play in the first part of the comedian's show.

Finally, the producers Jacqueline Herrenschmidt and François Bernheim offered him to make a record. His first 33 rpm, Panama lovers , released in 1975. The beginning of a crazy career...

Renaud, in love with Gérard Lanvin's wife

In the 70s, Renaud meets Dominique Quilichini and falls madly in love with her. The problem? At the time, this was married with Gerard Lanvin ! But the attraction is so strong between the lovebirds, that Dominique Quilichini divorces and marries the singer. Eight days after the wedding, in 1980, she gives birth to the artist's first daughter, Lolita Séchan .

Despite the infidelity of his ex-wife, Gerard Lanvin never held a grudge against her or even against Renaud. ' My story with Renaud is quite easy. For me, he was the poet of a generation, I adored Renaud and I love him very much “, he confided to M Radio .

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Renaud: 'depression, alcohol'...

In 1986, a sad turning point took place. His friend Coluche, also godfather of his daughter Lolita, deceased . The singer gradually becomes obsessed with passing time . ' In the 1980s, I had the joy of seeing my daughter born, but watching her grow up, I saw myself growing old. The period coincided with my first major political disappointments; and the loss of friends, like Coluche. Gradually, I sank. Depression , alcohol, hypochondria, paranoia “, he confided to Telerama .

Renaud: meeting, marriage and divorce with Romane Serda

At the end of the 1990s, Renaud met the gaze of Roman Serda at the Closerie des Lilas, in Paris. Charmed, he sends her a word on which it is written: ' I want to write you twelve songs “. For two years, the singer courted the chosen one of his heart, in particular by e-mail… until she succumbed, too, to his charm. ' I could see he was not well. But under his grumpy looks, I discovered a funny man, so endearing “, she confided to Paris Match.

In 2005, they said 'yes' to the town hall of Châteauneuf-de-Bordette, in the Drôme. A year later they give birth to a baby boy , named Malone.

Despite their great happiness, the ' paranoid attacks ' of the artist are due to their marriage, in 2011. ' It was convinced of being spied on by the Soviets. I felt like I was living with two children. One I had to teach everything to, another 55 year old who kept asking me to take care of him, who had a constant need to be the center of attention. I understood that, for Malone, for me, we had to separate ', remembered Romane Serda. Today, their romance turned into friendship and the ex-spouses continue to rub shoulders without a hitch.

Renaud: why he resented his brother

With his brother Thierry Séchan, relations are complicated. During certain periods, their relationship is strained , in particular when the writer assures on NRJ Paris that Romane Serda is ' hated ' in the family. Statements that put Renaud out of him.

' He is insulting to Romane and claims she was interested. We were very much in love, Romane and I. I helped her release three albums because I believed in her and she deserved it. In no case my brother can not allow himself to talk about me or my relationship with Romane, which is exceptionally good despite our divorce', did he rebel in Paris Match.

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Renaud: his friends, his (recent) loves

Renaud was also cold with Francoise Hardy , for a while. But fortunately, this quarrel was only temporary. ' At a time, we were angry . She had made borderline FN remarks in a musical review. I had given him a rather scathing right of reply. We were a bit cold for a while but we made up. I love it' , he told the Parisian.

Renaud has not given up on love. He is ' fell in love just last week ' , he confided on May 8, 2022 to the JDD . And to specify however: Most she wants us to be friends . It's already good, friendship is stronger than love '.

Renaud: his crazy passion

Did you know the singer was passionate... about knitting ? For a long time, when he had to go on a television show, he waited behind the scenes while knitting, according to Plastic Bertrand, who told, in the show Children of Music: 'He had a passion for knitting and, I swear, he was doing it while waiting to pass because he was *** doing TV '.

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And the cigarette...

Yes Renaud didn't drink a drop alcohol for more than a year, there is an addiction that he has much more difficulty fighting: cigarette . Despite everything, the singer, who is releasing his new cover album, Métèque, has managed to reduce his consumption. ' For this record, I went from four packs to one a day “, he explained to the JDD .

Source journaldesfemmes.fr