Invited to the set of C à Vous this Tuesday, April 12, Orlando, Dalida’s younger brother, confided at length to Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine and her columnists. And especially on a very sensitive issue: the abortion of the singer, who had hidden her pregnancy.
This May 3, 2022 will be a very special date: it has been 35 years since Dalida died. On the night of May 2-3, 1987, the legendary French singer committed suicide at her home at 11 rue d’Orchampt by overdosing on barbiturates, which she swallowed with whiskey, alcohol, which enhances the effects of this type of medicine. His brother Orlando, who was invited to the set of C to You to commemorate this sad date, discussed at length with Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine and his team this Tuesday April 12th.
And above all on a very special topic: a story that remained hidden for many, many years. It was Dalida’s brother himself who exposed the affair. It all started in 1973 when Dalida released one of her flagship songs: “He had just turned 18”. A few years earlier, the then 34-year-old Dalida had just lost the man of her life and met Lucio, a young 18-year-old student from Rome. They lived a short idyll, which will lead to the diva’s unwanted pregnancy. Naturally, the young man, not wanting a child, asked her to secretly abort.
Orlando: ‘Dalida’s abortion went very badly’
Which Dalida accepted. But this song has nothing to do with the true story of the French diva. It’s a perfect coincidence, as his brother tells Orlando when he returns to this horrific ordeal his sister endured. “When she sang this song, everyone thought it was written because of her love for the young man, it was pure coincidence. You know, there were only two people who knew about this story: me and my cousin Rosie. My mother didn’t know, my brother didn’t know. She hasn’t told anyone she’s pregnant. Even the young man never found out. Maybe he found out later when the book came out. But I’ll tell you: he never knew that Dalida was expecting a child.
With those things settled, Orlando continued: “She had decided that our mother shouldn’t know about it. So any song that makes you think of it is pure bliss. The songwriters couldn’t know. But sometimes chance makes things good. As she left, she whispered to me the things I could reveal and the things I wasn’t allowed to say. These were his last wishes. And back when I was writing the book, I had to talk about it because her abortion went very badly. She could never be a mother. I had to put it in the book, but nobody knew beforehand.”
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