A sudden goodbye. Sunday July 16, 2023, the sad news fell: Jane Birkin died at the age of 76. At the announcement of his disappearance, many personalities took the floor to make a final tribute to the favorite Englishwoman of the French. Among his relatives, Étienne Daho affirmed that he was “unimaginable to live in a world without its light” and Josiane Balasko welcomed “his empathy and his humility”. On his account instagram Monday July 17, 2023, Isabelle Adjani shared a video full of noastalgia. “Emotion of my most intimate memory with Jane whom I have always loved. Isabelle”, can we read in the caption. Indeed, the actress has found the clip of her duet with Jane Birkin for the title Mirror break (1983). An important title since it was written by Serge Gainsbourg, three years after his separation from his London muse. To promote it, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s father even wanted Isabelle Adjani to sing with Jane Birkin on the set of Formula One, in November 1984. The voice of Jane Birkin will not be forgotten. The ex-girlfriend of Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Doillon sang until September 2022, before canceling several concerts of his tour for health reasons.
A tribute that does not pass
Some tributes to Jane Birkin have been poorly received by Internet users. On Twitter Sunday July 16, 2023, the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet paid tribute to the artist, before receiving strong criticism due to a bad reference. “Eternal smile, voice, laughter and delicious British accent, as you say goodbye?”, thus wrote the lawyer by profession. The reactions of Internet users were not long in coming. In fact, the title How to say goodbye to you composed by his ex-companion Serge Gainsbourg is initially known to be performed by singer François Hardy. A few hours later, the President of the National Assembly corrected her error by posting a link to the version sung by Jane Birkin. Internationally, the name of the icon is in everyone’s head. Across the Atlantic, Iggy Pop hailed, in a video, “a beautiful person and someone unique”. The two artists had notably offered a duet in 2020 at the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon, taking up hand in hand Eliza by Serge Gainsbourg.