why she feels obliged to appear with François Hollande

Julie Gayet and François Hollande only make rare appearances together. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

In “A perfect mother”, this Thursday April 28, 2022 on TF1, Julie Gayet returns to the small screen in the role of the mother of a young girl accused of murder. A role taking for the companion of François Hollande, less present on the front of the stage in recent months. Discreet, the actress nevertheless makes sure to appear regularly on the arm of the former President of the Republic. And she has a very good reason for that.

Everyone knows the beginnings 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 the journalist Valérie Trierweiler. And yet, he had managed to get pinned by paparazzi while he paid intimate visits to the actress, solo on his scooter, croissants in hand. Inevitably, the story had made the headlines of the tabloid press, and was a real humiliation for the scorned woman, who had taken her revenge through the book “Thank you for this moment”.

Video. The Minute by Julie Gayet

No question of living in the shadow of the President of the Republic

Once the storm passed, Julie Gayet never expressed a desire to assert herself 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 wish to shine other than through her talent. The attention of the paparazzi and the “peopolitical” press, she would have done well without.

In 2018, in the columns of Paris Match, 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 elect a person, not a couple . The function of first lady is sexist. It is a job that requires you to stop your job. And in addition you do not receive a salary. Impossible for one who grew up surrounded by “strong and independent women”, and who claims the same freedoms. From the Elysée, she did not see much, contenting herself with the private apartments of the palace. The rest ? “I never set foot there. Even in the movie screening room. I never went to a ceremony, I refused official dinners.” Assured, she specifies: “I made sure that there was a very strong separation between me, our story, and his work.”

Support at all times

Instead of becoming First Lady, the actress and producer decided to call herself “Lady of Hearts”. “Be alongside the president without taking the place of first lady. And let those whose job it is, the advisers, the secretaries, the protocol officers, who should not have to manage the campaign.” A way for her to be at the side of the man she loves and to support him, especially since she is aware of it: “We came out of the five-year term bloodless. there was no respite at any time. I was trying to re-energize the president, to take care of him, to 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 one and all. each other, and the fact of existing independently of each other. That’s really equality between men and women. Neither of us would allow ourselves to intervene in the domain of the other.” Always present for each other, their appearances in public together remain rare, but always charged with complicity.

An independence that fuels rumors

On paper, the independence of Julie Gayet and François Hollande within their couple demonstrates a certain modernity. But in fact, their discretion and their desire to preserve 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 that we are separated”, she lamented in the columns of the World in 2020. A real regret for the actress and producer who believes that she does not 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 made 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 doesn’t mean hiding, but we don’t want to highlight our private life. We just want to live discreetly because that’s how we are.” And to conclude: “It is important for me to stay next to each other, with each of our respective professional lives. I think it’s a fairly simple way to share our happiness.” A happiness that they want to savor in private, far from the judgments of the public or their detractors.

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