It’s now official. As Le Figaro indicates this Friday, July 31, 2020, David Hallyday renounces the succession of his father, Johnny Hallyday. The half-brother of Laura Smet, Jade and Joy declares to have received nothing “whether financially or patrimonially” from the legacy left by the interpreter of My country is love. Interviewed by our colleagues, Pierre-Jean Douvier, the lawyer for the 53-year-old singer, announced that “this outcome is consistent with the commitments that David Hallyday had made”.
Indeed, he thus has “the guarantee that his three sisters are henceforth protected and the memory of his respected father”. The decision of Ilona’s father and Emma Smet is not, however, very surprising since the latter had already indicated his intention to drop all legal action. For her part, Laeticia Hallyday had granted an interview to Paris Match earlier in July 2020. The last wife of Jean-Philippe Smet then said: “That we propose to David to benefit from the rights of interpreter of the two albums on which he worked with his father, ‘Blood for blood’ and ‘Cadillac’, it was obvious “. It would seem that “the agreement announced by the widow, prematurely according to Laura Smet, would not concern him”, specify our colleagues.
An agreement invented from scratch by Laeticia Hallyday
Through his lawyer, the eldest rocker who died in 2017 returned to the statements of his mother-in-law, without taking any detour: “David being already songwriter of this album and this title, he did not wish to receive artist and performer rights. Editorial rights belong to Universal, which did not contact him for such a donation. ” From now on, Estelle Lefébure’s ex-husband wants to “devote himself entirely to his family, his passion for music, his future projects and two causes that have been dear to him for a long time: animal protection and environmental protection”.
David and Laeticia Hallyday in Val d’Isère in 2008 © BESTIMAGE