As a 77-year-old, Gérard Lenorman, abandoned by his mother in an orphanage, spends time on his farm with his 4 children and his dog

Like most celebrities, French singer-songwriter Gérard Lenorman has also had his ups and downs in his life.

When he was a child, Gérard Lenorman was abandoned by his mother in an orphanage. Despite this difficult period, the singer, who did not know parental love, still ended up finding a taste for life and even became a happy father to four children, with whom he spends time on his farm. .


Gérard Lenorman is without a doubt one of the most emblematic artists of his generation. But before it tasted successful, the singer first went through a traumatic childhood.

The French singer Gérard Lenorman at his home in France on March 6, 1979. | Photo: Getty Images

A period that he especially entrusted a few years ago in the program “La Parenthèse Inattendue”.

“I was born in rather special and not very glorious circumstances”,

he confided before continuing:

“That is, an attacker who leaves consequences in a village in Normandy, where everything is known in a few seconds, and then shame. I suffered from it because I heard things I did not understand, words (…) like ‘bât ***’ ”.

French singer Gérard Lenorman receives Oscar for best French song for his hit “If I was president”, December 16, 1980. | Photo: Getty Images

Gérard Lenorman, born in 1945 in Normandy, is actually the fruit of the relationship between a 16-year-old girl named Madeleine and a German soldier. He was what is called an unwanted child because his mother never accepted him.

At the time, the singer did not even know what motherly love was, as his in particular had forbidden him to call her “mother.” The only memory he has of her then is that of a cold and distant woman who was never present in his life.

Gérard Lenorman participates in the “Stethos d’Or 2019” charity gala of the Foundation for Physiological Research on March 11, 2019 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

“I live with my mother on rue Damrémont, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris (…) I was always alone at home until I was 9-10 years old. My mother works here and there, she often changes jobs (…) ”,

he said one day in another interview before adding:

“We do not have music in our house because it is against it. It is also against everything that preoccupies me. I am the source of his problems (…) I am basically a troublesome child (…) ”. Sad fate.

Gérard Lenorman participates in the “Stéthos d’Or 2019” charity gala of the Foundation for Physiological Research on March 11, 2019 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

SENT TO A CHILDREN’S HEEL: True motherly love

Many are probably wondering how Gérard Lenorman managed to get out of this difficult childhood. Well, it all started when her mother got married.

At the time, the singer was very fond of her. But when she no longer wanted to raise him, she decided to send him to St. Vincent de Paul’s orphanage.

Gérard Lenorman during the filming of “La Fête de la Chanson Française” – January 11, 2006 at the Zenith in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

It must be said that it was the chance of his life, when the singer there had met his sister Agnès, the one who offered him what Madeleine never gave him: a mother’s love.

“She’s an extraordinary woman, she’s the mother I actually did not have. It was the mother, it was the grandmother, that was all. (…) She was the first woman who really helped me, supported me and gave me a little tenderness ”,

he entrusted himself with great emotion in January 2022 on the set of “Vivement Dimanche”.

Gérard Lenorman will perform at the Olympia on September 12, 2013 in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images

It was indeed the beginning of a whole new life for the interpreter of “The ballad of happy people”, who then chose to cut the ribbon with his biological mother.

“Once it was over, it was over (…) And then I made my life, and I did not think about it at all, because it is useless (…) and from then on I was never unhappy again”,

confirmed the one who later became a recognized musician in France.


Gérard Lenorman has been passionate about music since childhood. It was especially at the age of 5 that he found his calling, beginning to play harmonium in churches on the outskirts.

At the age of 12, he then wrote his very first song “The vagrant”, followed over the years by other hits like “If I was president”, “Here are the keys” or even “Mom”, from his album “The Taste of happiness “, in which he expresses his fear and anxiety for his difficult childhood.

It must be said that the natives of Bénouville managed to reach the peak of his career as an artist. At the same time, he also found happiness in his personal life. In fact, today the ex-husband of Caroline Lenorman spins the perfect love together with her beloved Marie.

But even though the artist is now happy in his apartment in Paris, he is still very much attached to his domestic life, in Normandy. It is also on his farm that he spends plenty of time tending to his animals.

“I have a farm in the Perche region just below Normandy. For 30 years I have spent a lot of time on this farm, where I have several cows and various other animals (…) At home we protect all the animals and we do not hunt ”,

he confided in for an interview.

In addition to this, the singer also spends his free time with his four children, Clémence, Mathieu, Justine and Victor, but also with his dog, who accompanies him everywhere.

Note that Gérard Lenorman at the age of 77 is a grandfather who, however, acknowledges that he is not a model for his grandchildren, even though he is close to them.

”(…) For my part, I am not a model grandfather. I do not see the role of grandfather as anything special. But I get along really well with my grandchildren. ”

he confided.


Few people know it, but in addition to being a musician, the interpreter of “Why my father” is also a wanderer in the heart. He has been cultivating this hobby for several years with his partner, Marie, who organizes all their trips.

It is especially thanks to this passion that the two dwarf parrots were able to cross several countries, such as Bolivia, Argentina, Nepal or even Chile, although they often only walk in the Alps and the Pyrenees, places closer to their homes.

“I am very lucky to share her life, because she is a much better organizer than me (…) Our great pleasure is to travel (…)”,

confirmed the artist, which also evoked how solid their relationship is.

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