It was in 1968 … On the set of the film Slogan, it was at the age of 22 that Jane Birkin met Serge Gainsbourg. Already mother of a little Kate, born April 8, 1967 from her marriage to the English composer John Barry, it was July 21, 1971 that she gave birth to Charlotte Gainsbourg. While she has never had a second child with each of the three men in her life, it is in the columns of the Journal du Dimanche that she explained: “It would not have been fair in relation to the first , Kate. With her father, John Barry, the question did not arise since we quickly separated. Then, with Serge and then with Jacques Doillon, I did not want the number to create a difference with Kate. ”

The actress took advantage of this interview to explain: “In the same way, I did not want to transmit religious instruction to them. To the chagrin of my mother, all excited at the birth of Lou, because Jacques was a Protestant. ” While the actress gave Charlotte Gainsbourg a middle name only, she explained to her daughter during this interview: “I wanted to call you Lucy, but Serge thought that didn’t sound good in French. He preferred Charlotte. . He won, but I imposed Lucy behind. ” In 2017, it was in the columns of the World that Jane Birkin had mentioned her meeting with the singer. “I found him complicated, arrogant, during the shooting. He had no kindness towards me; he made me very uncomfortable (…) But in the end, he was a cabbage. Funny, charming, considerate, “she confided, before adding:” In one evening, the character had radically changed and I fell in love with him. ”

Why did Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg separate?

If the couple lived years of happiness, it was in 1980 that the actress left the singer. And for good reason, the latter could no longer bear its many excesses. In an interview, Serge Gainsbourg admitted: “Jane left through my fault, I was doing too much abuse, I came home completely farted, I hit her on her. When she yelled at me, I didn’t like it: two seconds too long and bam … She suffered with me, but then it became an eternal affection … ”

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg © MPP

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