Born in 1967, the half-French half-Italian Carla Bruni is heiress to an Italian tire company. From an early age her good looks led her to work in modeling, walking the runway as one of Europe's top models. In the 1990s Bruni delved into singing and songwriting, and her albums have met with some success. Throughout her career, Bruni's lovelife has often overshadowed her work— her relationships with several high-profile French men culminated with her 2008 marriage to French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Singer, model, and wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi on December 23, 1967, in Turin, Italy. First famous for her modeling and singing career, Carla Bruni has become one of the world's most watched women as the first lady of France. She grew up with her sister and brother in a wealthy Italian family.
While the family fortune was made in tires and industrial products, both of her parents were more musically inclined than business oriented. Her legal father, Alberto Bruni Tedeschi, was a composer, and her mother, Marisa, was a concert pianist. Years later, Bruni learned that her biological father was Maurizio Remmert, a musician and grocery store chain owner. She too showed an interest in music early on, teaching herself how to play guitar.
In the mid-1970s, Bruni and her family moved to France. She attended boarding school in Switzerland and then moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. Interested in art and architecture, Bruni soon abandoned college for a modeling career in the late 1980s. She appeared in countless ads, including an international campaign for Guess? jeans, and walked runways for such high-end fashion houses as Dior and Chanel. Bruni was also a favorite for fashion editorial work, appearing on more than 200 magazine covers.
As a top model, Bruni enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle. She traveled in elite social circles and dated some of the world's most famous men. For several years, Bruni had a relationship with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger. She also reportedly dated rocker Eric Clapton and businessman Donald Trump. In the late 1990s, Bruni retired from modeling to focus on her music. She had been playing guitar for years and started taking singing lessons. Writing songs, Bruni penned six tracks for French singer Julien Clerc. She soon released her first album, Quelqu'un M'a Dit (which translates as Someone Told Me) in 2003. The recording became a surprise hit, selling more than a million copies.
Before launching her singing career, Bruni had been caught in a public scandal. She had become involved with Raphaël Enthoven, a philosophy professor. Enthoven was much younger than her and married at the time the two started their relationship. Enthoven's ex-wife, Justine Lévy, daughter of famous French intellectual, Bernard-Henri Lévy, later wrote a thinly veiled novel about the end of her marriage and Bruni's role in its demise. Bruni and Enthoven had a child together, a son named Aurélien, in 2001.
Switching to English, Bruni released the album No Promises in 2007. This recording did not match the success of her earlier effort. That same year, she ended her relationship with Enthoven. Then Bruni's personal life took a different turn when she met newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a dinner party. The couple enjoyed a whirlwind courtship before marrying in February 2008. Her decision to marry came a surprise to many. Bruni once told the press that "I'm monogamous occasionally, but I prefer polygamy and polyandry." She explained that "love lasts a long time, but burning desire, two to three weeks."
The pair has been the target of much media attention and speculation. To some, they appear to be an odd couple with his conservative stance on the issues and her well-known liberal views. She has continued with her singing career while being a supportive spouse, accompanying her husband on numerous trips abroad. Bruni also branched out into acting, appearing in a small role in the recent Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.
In the spring of 2011, Bruni again found herself the subject of media attention. This time everyone wanted to know whether or not she was pregnant. After months of speculation, she finally confirmed the news. On October 19, 2011, Bruni gave birth to a daughter, Giulia—the baby was the first born to a sitting French president.
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