For Laeticia Hallyday, “the most difficult thing is to continue to live every day without Johnny”

Louise Thewys


On December 20 in Brussels, admirers of the rocker will be able to travel in his universe thanks to a tailor-made exhibition imagined by his wife, Laeticia Hallyday.

Johnny Hallyday fans will be delighted. Almost five years after the death of the famous French singer at the age of 74, Laeticia Hallyday continues to pay tribute to her late husband. The mother of Jade (18) and Joy (14) has imagined a life-size exhibition dedicated to the rocker, to be seen from December 20 in Brussels, then in Paris in January 2024. Johnny lovers will be able to survey the 3000 m2 of spaces, arranged in a modern and refined scenography, while discovering his private objects, his collection of knives, his teenager’s room, and even his famous stage costumes.

A titanic job far from easy for the companion of Jalil Lespert, who had to collect no less than 32 pieces. “We never saw Johnny’s costumes up close, or even the details. I worked for 20 years to collect them. We bought costumes because Johnny didn’t keep anything. Since 1995 I keep all his costumes. Those before I had to buy them back with the help of Nelly, her dresser,” she confided to the microphone of “Let yourself be tempted” on RTL broadcast this Sunday.

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“He is the one who tells us his story”

An immersive adventure that will allow visitors to dive into the artist’s head and travel through the story of his life. The opportunity to discover or rediscover the artist, but also the man he was, “his sensitivity”, “his fragility” and “his flaws”. “It is he who tells us his story and who speaks. And it is also Jean Reno who will accompany us on this journey with Johnny. He will be the voiceover, the guide to this exhibition”, revealed Laeticia Hallyday, both “proud” and moved to see this part of the singer’s life again.

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At the microphone of RTL, the widow also returned to the loss of Johnny Hallyday, still difficult to live with. “It seems very far away and at the same time so close. The most difficult thing is to continue to live every day without him. Working on projects (…) is also part of this complicated mourning, of this impossible mourning.