Christophe’s son considers the auction of the singer’s goods a “money pump”.
Romain Vidal, born in 1967 from the relationship between Michèle Torr and the singer, protested against the sale organised by Véronique Bevilacqua, the widow of Aline’s singer.
A few days after the announcement that Christophe’s memorabilia had been auctioned off, a discordant voice was heard: Romain Vidal, the son of the singer who died on April 16th and of Michèle Torr, reacted strongly on social networks.”Maybe as it says on the article they don’t have enough room, but I think it’s an excuse (commercial expression), maybe his memory’s also a money pump,” the outraged man posted on his facebook account.
Véronique Bevilacqua, Christophe’s former girlfriend, announced on 21 June on the TV programme Le Grand Atelier de France Inter that she wanted to organise the dispersal of some of the singer’s belongings – a vast collection of jukeboxes, pinball machines, musical instruments, radio sets and a collection of records accumulated over the years in his Parisian apartment on Boulevard Montparnasse.
“We’ve both been collectors of different things, even if all the American objects have connected us both, I have my own personal collection of jukeboxes, sets, I’m armoured at home so unfortunately I can’t keep anything.My daughter’s the same way, so we’re going to have an auction,” says the woman who has shared the singer’s life for almost thirty years. Véronique Bevilacqua and Christophe have been separated since 2000, but they’ve never been divorced.
Before meeting Véronique in 1968, Christophe had a brief affair with Michèle Torr, the birthplace of Romain Vidal, whom the singer never recognised. Educated by Jean Vidal, the singer’s husband of twenty years, he had recently reconnected with his biological father. Christophe mentioned this abandonment in an interview with Brain Magazine in November 2012.
“I went to see Michèle in hospital, I felt like it. I let my instinct and my emotions do the talking. And this guy (her producer, editor’s note) said, ‘You’ve got to go and admit it.In fact, if it hadn’t been for that guy’s aggression, I would have analysed it differently, in a totally personal way, and maybe the child would bear my name…”, the composer confessed.
Romain Vidal, 53, who has multiple sclerosis, paid a final tribute to his biological father in a video posted on YouTube in April. I wanted to thank everyone for your support, which has helped me a lot. I’m obviously sad. I would have liked to have known him a lot more, even if we were seeing each other, it was our secret,” he said.