Jacques Brel wanted to divorce his wife;… but Thérèse called “Miche” found a solution to make him change his mind and stay married for life. In his book “Jacques Brel, a life”, the biographer Olivier Todd also revealed the funny nicknames that the singer gave to three of his daughters…
Jacques Brel its married to Therese Michielsen (nicknamed “Miche” by him) in 1950, but the singer was hardly an example of loyalty throughout this union. With Sophiathe interpreter of Do not leave me has also experienced a long bond…of which his wife was aware. In the 1960s, Jacques Brel wanted to ask his wife for a divorce… but she has devised a scheme to make him change his mind. “Miche, we’re going to divorce. I live too far apart from you. You can redo your life“would have launched Jacques Brel, determined to put an end to this union, according to the work Jacques Brel, a life by Olivier Todd.
Jacques Brel: how his wife made him give up the divorce
“OK. We divorce. Want a lawyer?“, she would then have launched, aware that the singer had a panic fear of lawmen. Faced with the artist’s hesitation, Miche would then have dropped to her husband: “No. Ultimately, it’s silly. We love each other too much. It makes no sense. You are with Sophie and it will last what it will last. We are for life“. Until his death in 1978, the singer remained married to Thérèse Michielsen, died in 2020.
Jacques Brel: the strange nicknames he gave to his daughters
With his wife, Jacques Brel was the father of three daughters, Chantal, born in 1951, France, who was born in 1953, and Isabelle, born in 1958… and the artist made a point of giving them original nicknames! “Chantal lives in the present, wears makeup, wants to look very feminine. Talkative, extroverted, she is looking for her inner life, she will be Ostrich“, told Olivier Todd about the eldest daughter of Jacques Brel, who died in 1999.
As for the couple’s second daughter, she is nicknamed Breakwaterthen Guitar. The reason? “It takes the form we want to give it“. Finally, the youngest, Isabelle, is called Cloud…because this one “always seems to be on top of the situation“, we read. A decidedly very inventive artist…