Yann Moix and Charlotte Valandrey had a passionate relationship. The writer did not resist paying him a last tribute to the taste of salt, in Paris Match. He tells of the “blood-soaked lips”, the day he discovered his muse’s illness and the marriage proposal…
Yann Moix was madly in love with Charlotte Valandrey. Their beautiful passionate friendship was born from love at first sight in the dark rooms. The author with controversial positions offered his longtime friend a touching tribute, in a forum for Paris Matchan impossible farewell in which he gives us his confidences, but also those of his friend, “this young woman so beautiful, so fierce, so wild“.
Yann Moix, about Charlotte Valandrey: “I decided to fall madly in love with this girl”
If Yann Moix describes Charlotte Valandrey as “sister“that he”should have had“, it’s love at first sight for the actress in front of the film Red Kiss (1985) which gives him this fierce desire to meet her. “I decided to fall in love, madly in love, with this girl of my age, with a diaphanous complexion, a plump lip, sulky pouts, a rounded forehead..”
Moix becomes Valandreyphile, begins to collect magazines featuring his elusive muse, cuts out his portraits and other photos. After the release of his first book jubilation to the skyhe claims to be looking for the leading role for the adaptation of his work to the cinema and takes the opportunity to contact her…
Yann Moix and Charlotte Valandrey: “A week later, she asked me to marry”
The actress and the writer forge a sincere and passionate relationship. He reveals his feelings to her. “A week later, she asked me to marry“, laughs Yann Moix in the columns of Paris Match. “I refused, panicked. She had fun and persecuted me“Charlotte Valandrey burns with an intense fire, and sets ablaze those who approach her. Yann Moix does not escape it: “Ah you want mad love? I’ll give it to you!” Her gestures cried“, further specifies the writer about his friend. Until this evening, where the young woman responds to his invitation…
Yann Moix on Charlotte Valandrey: “This sulky lip, I tasted it”
Then, his fantasy as a young man ends up in his bedroom, on his bed, says the author. Yann Moix evokes the rise of desire, the flesh that intertwines, the teeth that bite the lips: “This sulky lip, gorged with salty blood, I tasted; she was no longer a chimera, she was no longer a poster“. Then his harsh return to reality, his cowardice. “‘Do you know my secret?’ This question aroused pain. I understood then that it was true: that the virus was there, in my room, on my bed, in her“.
Yann Moix had already had echoes of this rumor. But he hoped the hallway noises were all lies: “A week before, an actor, whom I had proposed that he play with her, had perforated my stomach by hitting me, in the most violent way possible, (…) a: ‘Charlotte Valandrey? You are crazy. Forget. She has AIDS!‘”.
Yann Moix: “I don’t have proof that she’s gone forever”
After the confession of the actress, Yann Moix understands that there will be no possible love between them, recognizes his cowardice, his fear. Charlotte Valandrey immediately forgives him, and these two promise each other a friendship stronger than love: “to be everything, to be anything, except lovers“, specifies the writer again. Something more beautiful, bigger, which lasts over time.
“She confided: I followed her heartaches and her heart transplants; the episodes, poignant, where she said goodbye to me before going to the hospital, the endless wait for a donation“, he remembered. At 53, after a third heart transplant, Charlotte Valandrey died, leaving her daughter, her relatives, her friends, inconsolable. But Yann Moix still writes: “I don’t have proof that she’s gone forever.” To continue to live in the hearts of the people who love us…