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Mylène Farmer: all news and scoops!

  • Occupation: singer, composer, author, actress
  • Real name: Mylène Gautier
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Date of birth: Tuesday, September 12, 1961 (age: 59)
  • Country: Canada

Mylène Gautier was born on September 12, 1961 in the Pierrefonds district of Montreal, Quebec. Daughter of Max Gautier, a civil engineer and Marguerite Gautier, a stay-at-home mother, Mylène grew up surrounded by three brothers and sisters: Brigitte and Jean-Loup, her elders, and Michel, the youngest of the siblings. She was 8 years old when the whole family returned to live in France and settled in Ville-d’Avray in the Paris region. Her paternal grandmother, who studied at the Marseille Conservatory, introduced her to music and, at 10, the girl won a singing competition. As a teenager, enrolled in a literary baccalaureate, she was not very interested in studies. At the age of 18, she decides to fly on her own and leaves the high school and her family cocoon.

In Paris, she enrolled in Florent’s class, went through the castings and got a few commercials (Le chat Machine, Fiskars scissors…). In 1982, she met the musician Laurent Boutonnat who became her pygmalion. In 1984, the duo released their first single, Maman a tort, and the young singer chose Mylène Farmer as her stage name. Under the guidance of her manager, Bertrand Le Page, the song, which was widely broadcast on the radio, met with some success. The revelation came two years later when the general public discovered Libertine from the album Cendres de lune. The public is seduced by the musical universe of this singer. She is distinguished by her red hair and her clips made like real short films. The album Ainsi soit je (Sans contrefaçon, Pourvu qu’elles soient douces…) released in 1988, was a huge success. Certified diamond disc, it sold almost two million copies. Mylène Farmer won the Victoire de la Musique award for artist of the year and began her first tour the following year. In 1991, her third album, L’Autre, was also certified diamond record.

In 1994, the tandem she formed with Laurent Boutonnat made an incursion on the big screen. But the feature-length film directed by the latter, Giorgino, in which the singer gives the reply to Jeff Dahlgren, is a commercial failure. Mylène Farmer then decides to move away for a while and goes into exile in California. After this American interlude, she opted for a sexier look and returned to success with the album Anamorphosed (1995). The singer, who collects diamond records, published Innamoramento in 1999, of which she composes several melodies. In the early 2000s, she multiplies collaborations; she writes an album for Alizée (Gourmandises) and sings a duet with Seal (Les mots). She diversified her writing and published a book Lisa-Loup et le conteur, which she also illustrated, in 2003. In 2005, the artist returns with the album Avant que l’ombre…which also confirms her star status in Russia where the song L’amour n’est rien becomes a hit. In September 2009, she became the first singer to perform at the Stade de France. The albums Bleu Noir (2010) and Monkey Me (2012) meet the same success as the previous ones. In August 2015, she sang a duet with Sting on the song Stolen Car which appears on her new opus, Interstellaires, released in November 2015.

On the private side, Mylène Farmer has a long relationship with the composer Laurent Boutonnat. In 2002, she met Benoît di Sabatino on the set of the video clip C’est une belle journée.

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