Dani: back on his turbulent love affair with his son’s father

Singer and actress Dani died on the night between July 18 and 19 at the age of 77. Over the course of her life, she lived a love story, both fused and tumultuous, with photographer Benjamin Auger, the father of her son and her adopted son.

Where time flies … We feel like we saw her yesterday love on the run by François Truffaut and in A women’s case by Claude Chabrol, or to have heard her sing as a boomerang duet with Etienne Daho less than an hour ago. But we must face the facts, time has passed. The huge Dani died the night between 18 and 19 July, his producer confirmed to our colleagues on RTL. A life for a great love, volcanic, with photographer Benjamin Auger, father of her two sons. Back to this turbulent love story.

A total love, crazy, the love of life. The singer and actress experienced this the one who will forever have shaped her career, as a woman and artist. Photographer Benjamin Auger, who worked for the magazine Hello friends (he shot everything yéyés counted as stars) was already in a relationship and father of a boy when he met Dani: love at first sight was mutual and immediate for the two lovers.

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An unbreakable bond

As soon as they met in the early 1960s, the two terrible lovers never left each other, and Dani adopted and raised Emmanuel, Benjamin’s son. Their sulphurous love story will also give birth to another son, Julien, who will get along really well with his half-brother. In love, but very changeable, Benjamin never stopped being unfaithful to Dani under their relationship. even during her pregnancy, chained humiliations for her and nervous breakdowns for the couple. And if the two boyfriends decide to get married later in life to patch things up, they end up to divorce – without being divorced – after one last attempt at amorous reconciliation. But even betrayed and when the breach was complete, Dani will always stay close to Benjamin ; their ties will be unbreakable and they will be close friends until the photographer’s death in 2007.

© BestimageBenjamin Auger at the Alcazar in Paris, April 23, 1970.

“He was my lover, my husband, but above all my friend”

In 2017, on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography, The night does not lastpublished by Flammarion editions, provided the actress and singer on the pages of France Sundayabout this destructive passion which she managed to master over time: “Benjamin was not the only man in my life, but certainly the man of life! We lived a passionate story that we were able to evolve without cheating, without lying. “ Then the artist completely surrendered, even more intimately: “In addition to physical love, we were friends and admired each other. Benjamin, he was my lover, my husband, but above all my friend. (…) When he left, I held his hand. “

Dani between Johnny Hallyday and Thierry Le Luron in Paris in 1976.
© BestimageDani between Johnny Hallyday and Thierry Le Luron in Paris in 1976.

They remained “friends for life”

That same year, always to promote his autobiography, Dani had also confided in our pages and stated in the magazine Gala about her meeting with the man of her life, almost six months after her arrival in Paris, in 1963: “I met him by chance on the street. He looked at me and said, ‘Are you okay?’, As if we had known each other forever. I was like struck by love.” Saw this waiting time before she saw him again several days later and after a first rabbit when she had left him his address. He had made up his mind, but all the better to surprise her: “A dinner just before I go to a photo shoot for it SHEhe was down from my house. I did not go on a date, I picked it up and we stayed in bed for eight days. “ Before you evoke the painful fracture and this unbreakable bond: “Once he had been unfaithful to me, I could no longer have sex with him, but he remained my friend for life.”

Photo credits: Bestimage

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