“I will not take back a word”

Yann Moix responds to the family of Charlotte Valandrey who questioned his tribute published in our columns on July 21.

After Yann Moix’s tribute to Charlotte Valandrey published in Paris Match (No. 3820, dated July 21), the actress’ family expressed themselves via a press release on Instagram, published Monday and then withdrawn. She evokes “testimonies relating to storytelling, scriptwriting, and personal highlighting”. She points to “the text of a chronicler author who invents himself “brother””, and adds: “No one among the closest is aware of this complicity”.

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“I will not remove – and would not remove – a word, a line, a semicolon, a comma from this tribute”, explains Yann Moix to Paris Match. “I completely sympathize and fully understand that the parents of such a remarkable daughter can be in a state of sadness and dejection.”

On the evening of the announcement of the death of the artist, the writer had expressed on his Instagram account his immense sadness. The latter, a regular contributor to Paris Match, agreed to paint the portrait of Charlotte Valandrey, the one he had loved, of whom he had become a friend and whom he would have liked to have for a sister. “What I have to say is very simple: one would have to be naïve to believe that a being distributes itself in the same way to all the interlocutors, the human beings it meets on its path during its existence. We are never the same as a family, as with a lover or a mistress, as with friends, as in the professional sphere… Each comes in its own way depending on the interlocutor or the setting. (…) The complicity that I had with her was all the more profound, inestimable and precious as it has always been clandestine. We had a relationship that no one can understand and no one can take away from us, ”says the writer.

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“Everyone mourns his Charlotte”

Yann Moix and Charlotte Valandrey, born the same year, met at the age of 30. “She confided a lot, I listened to her a lot. We talked a lot, we laughed a lot, we yelled at each other a lot, he summarizes. There were periods when we lost sight of each other, we always found each other. I’ve done things for Charlotte that my closest friends don’t know, don’t need to know, and never will.”

The writer says he wrote his tribute “in one go”, “in an airport”, “without thinking, in less than an hour and a half”. “I would not apologize for my article. Whether the parents whose pain is infinitely respectable like it or not. I also ask them to respect mine. Everyone mourns his Charlotte. They mourn a Charlotte they gave birth to, I mourn a Charlotte who taught me to become a man.

Yann Moix also regrets that his text published in our columns was then taken up and distorted by several other titles. “There are very diverse websites that have biased my remarks to such an extent that I did not even recognize my Paris Match article (…) Between the text that I wrote and the way in which they extracted their bouillabaisse, there is absolutely no connection”.

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After this development, only one thing matters to him: “What I wish is that the Charlotte that I knew rests in peace”.