Between Stone and Eric Charden, the sea of their love has known all kinds of tides, both high and low. Nevertheless, the disagreements did not break the bond of friendship that unites them, even after their divorce. AmoMama tells you the story of the much admired artists from Avventura.
The shock duo, who introduced “Made in Normandy” to the French people, and even to the rest of the world, surprised those around them with their unique relationship. No one believed they would last that many years, and yet they held fast even outside the confines of their couple.
Rocky start, but peaceful end? Back to the story of Stone and Eric Charden.
Annie Stone Gautrat and Eric Charden from Stone and Charden will perform at the Age Tendre & Têtes de Bois concert at the Nikaia Theater on November 7, 2008 in Nice, France. | Photo: Getty Images
FIRST MEETING WITHOUT ALCHEMY
At the time, while Stone, whose real name is Annie Gautrat, was vying to become a beauty queen at a French nightclub, she caught sight of Éric Charden examining her. Of course, when he was the judge of the competition along with Sophie Agacinski, Carlos and Antoine.
The winner of the competition, which was recently to be named “Miss Beatnik”, would win a trip to London and a cash prize. And Stone has not walked with a dead hand since she finally won the title. However, Eric Charden did not have much to do with it. When it’s time to vote, all but one of Stone’s jurors will vote: her future husband.
Boulogne-Billancourt, France, December 1, 2011: Eric CHARDEN at home with his family. | Photo: Getty Images
Conversely, Charden votes for Norma, who was a friend of Stone.
Yet this vote, no doubt perceived as ironic, years later, was not what frustrated Miss Beatnik. It was rather the hostile behavior that Eric Charden adopted during this evening: in the eyes of him who was soon to be his companion, Eric Charden was “a guy who sulked.”
“He drowned his boredom in alcohol and did not even vote for me. He had locked himself in the toilet. To say it was not love at first sight”,
told the singer with amusement, years after her ex-husband’s death.
Eric Charden participates in the TV show “Vivement Dimanche” on April 18, 2012 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images
There was no chemistry in the air that night. On the other hand, the duo saw each other again a few months later, still in the same nightclub, where a “more presentable” Eric finally offered to maintain a professional collaboration.
A WEDDING WITH NON-INFORMATION WEDDING
The collaboration has become a love story so much so that Stone and Eric Charden did not wait long before formalizing their romance. Unfortunately, it is naturally not the word that describes their transition from a simple relationship to marriage.
Annie Stone Gautrat and Eric Charden perform at the Age Tendre & Tetes de Bois concert held at the Nikaia Theater on November 7, 2008 in Nice, France. | Photo: Getty Images.
It was in 1966 that Stone and Eric Charden forged ties, not without being “forced”. If even the essence of commitment was not the will and love of the dwarf parrots, how would marriage lead to a happy marriage? Stone’s father did not agree.
The singer remembers:
“I was 18, I was in love, and my old-fashioned father cared about it.”
Annie Stone and Charden will perform at the Age Tendre & Tetes de Bois concert at the Nikaia Theater on November 7, 2008 in Nice, France. | Photo: Getty Images.
To act as pressure, Stone’s father would not actually let her go on tour without having passed the marriage milestone. Reluctantly, Eric Charden submitted, this time despite his mother’s objections.
“Eric’s mother, on the other hand, did not view this marriage positively (…) He was an only child and suffered under the weight of his mother’s possession”,
explained the singer.
Stone and Eric Charden’s wedding day was not a respite for both families as they added fuel to the burning fire in their early relationship.
Stone and Charden while filming a TV show in Paris on December 10, 1973. | Photo: Getty Images
The ceremony, although it happened very quickly, “as a formality”, did not go as they had planned. Without a party, she left the guests confused when Eric’s mother suddenly leaves her.
The young groom, upset, locks himself in the bathroom and stays there for two days. The singer will then admit: “Our wedding night was disastrous!”.
Although neither the beginning nor the marriage was a romance to dream of, the duo are still living a love affair, symbolized by the birth of their son, Baptiste.
The duo Stone and Charden on the set of the TV show ‘Cadence 3’ on FR3 on June 1, 1983 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images
But after ten years of relationship, the fire of passion died out, and the couple decided to divorce in 1974:
“We were married very young and after ten years the love was no longer the same”,
A divorce without division, which has even made them both meet a new love, each on their side, almost at the same time. Eric met Pascale and Stone, Mario.
Portrait of Stone and Charden in April 1973. | Photo: Getty Images
It was an obvious alchemy between the two couples that had just formed as much as the singer said:
“None of us were unhappy. On the contrary, we all played in the same musical. As a kind of ideal tribe!”
This symbiosis was so real that Éric Charden and Pascale chose Stone to become the godmother of their daughter, Nolwenn. Their friendship exceeded their separation.
Portrait of Stone and Charden in April 1973. | Photo: Getty Images
GOODBYE TO THE DEATH OF ERIC CHARDEN
Éric Charden succumbed to Hodgkin’s illness in 2012 after a long two-year battle. Despite the severity of the battle, with four chemotherapies, the iconic singer from the 70s breathed his last when he was 69 years old.
At his death, the singer leaves his last album in the hands of his life partner, Stone, entitled “Made in France”, “which he liked very much and which he was very proud of”, had included Aidem communication in the announcement of his death.
Boulogne-Billancourt, France, December 1, 2011: Eric Charden at home with his family. | Photo: Getty Images
While the world mourned the loss of the singer who marked the childhood of millions of Frenchmen, Stone was fortunate to be freed from grief, thanks to appearances by her ex-companion in dreams.
Invited to Télé-Loisirs on the show Chez Jordan, Stone had in front of the screen confided that Eric was communicating with her:
“I had very beautiful messages from Éric Charden in my dream. Because I have many things in my dreams. And Eric appeared to me twice, amazing. He said, ‘It’s amazing where I am, you can not know!’
‘Vivement Dimanche’ TV show in Paris, France April 16, 2008 – Eric Charden. | Photo: Getty Images
It changed Stone’s perspective on this loss because for her there is another wonderful world behind the unknown curtain, which is death.
To know a little more about their love story, read also: Eric Charden: from the “forced” marriage with Stone to the idyll with Gabrielle, until his death
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