banner-carlaA meeting with Carla Bruni is the pleasure of a conversation with a brilliant woman, that never ceases to charm us. One of the original top models, it is now through music that she found her true success with her album ‘Quelqu’un m’a dit’, released in 2002 and which sold over two million copies. Married and still living in the limelight with former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, she’s now back this spring with a new album and a North American tour.

By Stephane Leduc

It is surely with great pleasure that you find yourself coming back to to the stage, and above all, to music?

A great pleasure. I never really stop being a musician, but the stage was a more difficult separation. The stage allows me to feel so many emotions, sometimes too many. I feel like it allows me to weave a connection with the audience. Incidentally, when I sing the first song, I’m really focused, otherwise the emotions take over and I lose myself. I can’t let myself be overwhelmed by those feelings at the beginning of a show.


Your album Little French Songs was made to be listened to over and over again. At the beginning, we are
charmed by the rhymes and your play on words, and then the story, which becomes truly fascinating. Is it for you, above all, about the delight of the written word when you are composing songs?

It’s really a combination of everything. Words are important, to be sure, but words also have a certain musicality. This musicality leads to song. It’s really like when you kiss someone. You can’t really see their mouth, and yet you can feel its presence… Words are certainly an occasion for mischief.


Your songs seem to be about the people you’ve come across in your life. One, that is quite emotional, is called Darling.

It is a song that is written for a friend of mine. A very dear friend who was my son’s godfather, who was very close to my family and who took his own life. It’s a song that originates from guilt, shock and a wound. Because when something like this happens, we always feel like we didn’t do enough, that we didn’t call enough, it’s a song that allowed me to shake off some of the paralysis that I felt when I was told about his death, and some of the guilt. It allowed me to grieve.


What memories do you cherish most from the runways, the shows, the great designers, when you were modelling?

Very happy memories, because these are team oriented careers. We’re always in a group, the make-up artists, the hairdressers, the girls, the dressers, the couturier, because we are part of a whole show. They were frantic, delightful years, fun and radiant, that correspond perfectly with my first youth. I feel deep friendship for these designers. I love their freedom and their power, because fashion is creative, but it’ still a slave to a very commercial schedule. It’s as if we said to a painter or a writer to write or paint on specific dates within a strict structure. I am an admirer of this capacity to renew. They are great modern artists.


You were just recently the face for a campaign by Italian jeweller Bulgari?

Yes, and with great pleasure, because it’s a house that carries the spirit and the legend of the Italian Dolce Vita. It’s also the pleasure to shoot a campaign with the exquisite Terry Richardson who is as simple, adorable and functional as his photos are crazy, fun, eccentric and radiant. The intention behind these photos was to show a woman wearing magnificent haute joaillerie pieces; finely chiselled, incredibly artistic, but in a way that is extremely lively in her day to day life, in movement and in a feeling, rather than in a still way.


How do you see the future as a musician?

Today, I have the conviction that it’s what I’m supposed to do, and that I would like to do until the very end—if there are still people who will listen to my songs. Carla Bruni live, April 21st in Montréal, April 24th in New York, April 26th in Los Angeles.