During his marriage to Béatrice, Serge Gainsbourg had two children, Natacha and Paul. While he has seen very little of these, Jane Birkin revealed in the columns of Paris Match the condition that her ex had imposed on her to see her son and daughter.
Father of four children, Serge Gainsbourg had very little contact with his elders, Natacha, born in 1964 and Paul, in 1967. If his marriage to Béatrice, married in second marriage, experienced ups and downs and earned them a divorce before the birth of Paul, the singer would have blamed the jealousy of his ex. In the past, he had assured in an interview: “Before the wedding, we had lived in glue and everything was swimming. Then things started to turn sour : she did not accept this profession of encounters, even innocent little girls like France Gall. Coming back from the town hall, I receive a phone call from a little fanatic. I had done nothing wrong! She gets mad and I felt like I was in handcuffs…“
If one year after the birth of her second child, Serge Gainsbourg left the family home to settle with Jane Birkinhe was deprived of Natasha and Paul. In March 2020, the mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg had indeed revealed in the columns of Paris Match : “He said, ‘They will come later.’ I tried to get them to come, but it didn’t go well. Their mother demanded that Serge pay her a fortune to see them. The divorce imposed its presence. It seemed so strange to me as a situation… He was happy to have Kate, who was his son’s age and brought so much joy into the house…it was a gift. And then Charlotte arrived. It was all he wanted.“
What father was Serge Gainsbourg to Kate and Charlotte?
Father little present for his elders, the singer has invested 100% in the education of Charlotte Gainsbourg and of Kate Barry, born of the previous union of Jane Birkin with the composer John Barry. Assuring that he was”strict, in the most Victorian way possible“, the 75-year-old singer said: “The girls had to be polite, sit straight in their chairs, not put their elbows on the table, not cross the fork and the knife. I argued with him, I found him too severe. And at the same time, he was the most disconcerting father one could have. An enchanter.“
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