David Hallyday: “It seems to me that they have tarnished the image of my father”
David Hallyday spoke on Sunday night for the first time since Johnny’s death. A moving interview broadcast on the show “Sept à huit” on TF1.
It is a David Hallyday as affected as tense, we discovered this Sunday evening in the show “Seven to eight” on TF1. For his first TV interview since the death of Johnny, his eldest son, reluctant to media confessions, was even on the verge of tears when mentioning his death on December 5 last and this immense regret: “I could not tell Goodbye. I spent the day waiting to get into his office, where he was hospitalized, and I could not do it. ”
We also learn from his mouth that “My last letter”, his song tribute to his father unveiled a week ago, evokes a real missive he had written a few hours before his death. “I left it to the service person and I left (Editor’s note: de Marnes-la-Coquette), reporting the journalist Stéphanie Davoigneau. When I came the next day, I was told that we could not give it to him or read it to him. It scarred me. And I think it’s the only thing in my life that I will not be able to heal. There are things that I will overcome, but that’s hard! ”
During his father’s last hospitalization in November 2017, David came to see him every day at Bizet Clinic. But when he returned to Marnes-la-Coquette, “it was less and less simple, he admits in a tense smile. Seeing that there were quite a few people who were there and saw him regularly, I did not understand. And me his son, I had to announce myself to see my father, it’s strange.
Right of inspection
David Hallyday also regrets not being associated with the organization of the national tribute to La Madeleine – “everything was already done” – and admits “surprised” to have been disinherited by his father. “The worst thing for me is that I feel like we’ve messed up his image by saying that he’s a man who hated his kids, it’s a joke. My father was a loving person, who loved his four children, of which I am a part. He was a great guy. What is missing me the most? “Watch horror movies with him until 5 am. ”
Before the procedural battle between the two clans on November 27 – his half-sister Laura Smet ask his father’s record companies to freeze his royalties pending the judicial outcome of the will -, the eldest child Hallyday clarifies his position: “I simply ask the moral right of us four (note: he and the other three children, Laura, Jade and Joy), a right to look at his image and his musical heritage, and nothing else. And finally said that in his next album, “I have something to say to you,” expected December 7, “there is no revenge, just love.”