Died September 14, 2007, Jacques Martin left 8 children from four different relationships. Although he tried to be a good father, the host was never close to them except towards the end.
According to his children, the famous presenter had two faces. Find out more about the mysterious character he was.
JACQUES MARTIN: LOVE FATHER AND GRANDFATHER OR “MONSTER” AND “TIRE”?
His 8 children, Jacques Martin, got them two and two. The first two, named David and Elise, were born from his relationship with his first wife, Annie Lefèvre David. Then two others were born during his romance with Danièle Evenou. These are Frédéric and Jean-Baptiste.
Jacques Martin in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images
His fifth and sixth were born under his love affair with Cécilia Ciganer-Albeniz. He and the latter had two daughters, Judith and Jeanne-Marie. Finally, the last two children of the presenter are Juliette and Clovis. They are the fruit of his love for Céline Boisson.
If he tried to be a good father in his lifetime, Jacques Martin kept some distance from his 8 children. The fault of his profession according to one of them.
Jacques Martin in 1986. | Photo: Getty Images
His daughter Elise confided in the presenter during an interview with Gala. She revealed how the TV star lived her end to life. According to him, the man suffered a lot. Diseases followed one another and pushed him to isolate himself from those around him.
“In the beginning, he had a stroke that he never recovered from. Afterwards, a cancer metastasized … But he never spoke directly about it. In the end, he would not see anyone else. Like a wounded animal, he ducked into a corner and hid from everyone. “
Comedian, radio and television host, French singer, comedian, imitator, director and TV producer, Jacques Martin poses during a portrait session in Paris, France, 25.11.1997. | Photo: Getty Images
A sad ending for the host, who was nevertheless able to get closer to his grandchildren. According to his daughter Elise, he was a wonderful grandfather.
“they have both inherited father’s two passions. Inès, from music, she is a singer-songwriter, and it was my father who guided her and led her to go to the conservatory. He was so proud!”
Jacques Martin in 1998. | Photo: Getty Images
HIS WIFE ATTACKES JACQUES MARTIN FOR HIS BEHAVIOR
According to a few people who knew him, Jacques Martin was one of those TV men who seemed sympathetic and formidable to the camera, but when the spotlight disappeared, a darker side showed.
This is what Pierre-Jean Chalençon said during his interview with Télé-Loisirs. According to him, the presenter’s ex-wife would have told him it was “a monster”.
French TV host Jacques Martin and his wife Celine Boisson take part in the new Lido cabaret revue in Paris, March 14, 1990. | Photo: Getty Images
Words that confirm confidence in Marion Game. The latter was Jacques Martin’s companion for about four years.
“He was jealous of my career. He saw it as a rivalry. I represented his failure, he was not created for the theater. (…) I did not leave him for it. But I left him because it was impossible to live. with. He was in pain all the time. His fame did not nourish him. It did not interest him. He wanted to be an actor.
French actress Marion plays alongside her partner, actor and TV and radio host Jacques Martin. | Photo: Getty Images
Julien Courbet also had a word to say about the character. The fact is that in his early days he collaborated with the famous host. A period when he suffered a lot, because according to him, Jacques Martin made him see all the colors.
When the rhythm that the latter inflicted was intense, Julien confided that he “cried in the evening.” Note, however, that the one who began his career in “How to Do, Do, Do,” is full of praise for Elise’s father.
“Besides that, he told me kind things … very intimate, which I will not repeat here. But it was still complicated,”
Jacques Martin, French television host. | Photo: Getty Images
“HE DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO BE CAREFUL OF US”: HIS DAUGHTER SHARES HIS PAIN
In the documentary titled “Jacques Martin: Behind Your Applause”, his daughter Elise confides in the relationship the latter had with her children. And according to her, the TV star was not really close to them. He was too busy with his work.
Something Elise said she understood. Moreover, she does not want her father, for he loved his children in his own way, even though he was never present.
Jacques Martin, French TV personality and host, on the set of his show “Entrez les Artistes”. | Photo: Getty Images
HIS ELDER SON DAVID REMEMBER HIS FATHER BEFORE HIS POPULARITY
David, the eldest son of Jacques Martin, spoke about his father at the Sud Radio microphone on May 4, 2022. During his interview, he wanted to clarify the rumors, which said the host did not take care of his children. According to himself, he took care of it, but in his own way.
“Me, I’m divorced because I’m the oldest. It was a time when he was not yet the star he later became. And then the first, we always get a little more watched and pampered”,
he explained anyway.
HOW JACQUES MARTIN GOT CLOSE TO HIS DAUGHTER BEFORE HE DIED
If Jacques Martin had not always been present for his children, towards the end, he would have turned to them. It trusted his daughter Elise at least.
“It’s awful to say, but it was from the moment he got sick that he became available. Available. But unfortunately I think he did not leave calmly”,
JACQUES MARTIN DIVIDED A HERITAGE OF 300,000 EURO BETWEEN HIS 8 CHILDREN IN HIS WAY
Inheritance stories often end up sharing a family. This was the case for the Hallyday clan, for example. For their part, Jacques Martin’s children did not have to fight because their father made sure to organize everything. Together they founded “a company, 8M – for 8 Martin” as a tribute to the late animator.
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