Andrea Bocelli promotes Believe acoustic album
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Andrea has just released a new EP, an acoustic spin-off from last year’s full album Believe. At his side in his life as well as his career is his wife of nine years and partner of 19. They say they have been together every day since they met and Veronica helps manage the star’s music career as well as the global philanthropic organisation, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE ANDREA AND VERONICA BOCELLI INTERVIEW
The couple rarely gives joint interviews but they have spoken openly about the way they first met at a party.
An unearthed interview goes over that “fated” first encounter but then gives an intriguing insight into how the dynamic between them works, where their personal and professional relationships perfectly harmonise.
Veronica said: “We were there for a birthday party of common friends. It was destiny. We didn’t want to go, both of us, not at all. But it was a sign of destiny we were there. We met and we were together 24 hours a day since then.”
She was a student at the time, about to sit exams. Andrea says he knew immediately that they were meant for each other.
He sang her the aria Occhi Di Fata (Fairy’s Eyes) and begged her to stay when she said she needed to get home and study for exams.
Andrea recalled: “It was the quickest, speediest start, because we moved in with each other that same night.”
Veronica was just 19 at the time and Andrea has openly discussed the 25-year age gap.
He said: “Big age gaps are a tradition in my family — my own father and mother have one.”
At the time, Andrea had just separated from Enrica Cenzatti, his first wife and te mother of his sons Matteo and Amos, who were five and seven at the time.
Andrea and Veronica did not marry until March 21, 2014, on the second birthday of their daughter Virginia.
In the interview below with ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh, Andrea and Veronica share the stage.
He apologises for his English before saying: “As you heard, her English is much better than my English. For this reason, I decided to stay with her for many years.”
Joking aside, Andrea reveals how he still suffers from stage fright “very much” and that his anxiety extends beyond the actual performing, something Veronica is indispensable in helping with.
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Veronica tries to downplay the extent of her role as manager, saying: “Let’s say that Andrea is managing himself. We only have to submit the important things that come to the office, the requests and the proposals, and Andrea decides for himself.”
But the star explains it is much more than that: “I know that I have many things to do but I don’t want to know what I have to do. Otherwise, I become nervous.”
In the world of opera, engagements at opera houses are booked many years in advance, while also coordinating concerts, TV appearances, recording sessions and charity commitments. Veronica takes care of all that planning for him.
She jokes: “Don’t ask him what he has to do tomorrow because he doesn’t know.”
Of course, their marriage extends far beyond business into the bedroom, and Alan also asks Veronica if it’s true all Italian men are passionate
She replies: “Yes. Is it something we can say on TV? Yes, he is, very much. For that, I am always worried to leave him alone.”
Andrea himself has also spoken about the vital importance of a physical relationship.
Andrea said: “My theory is chemistry. If there’s chemistry between two people, then there is poetry, there is harmony, there is mutual understanding — there is love; if not, nothing.
“If the bedroom door opens the world to something beautiful and interesting, then love will last. If the bedroom door opens onto something that’s boring or uninteresting, it won’t last.”
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