39-year-old Emmanuel Macron is the newly elected President of France but what has drawn most people attention is the next First Lady, his 64-year old wife, Brigitte Macron.
Brigitte, who is 24 years older than Macron, has been his guide and coach since he was 15 years old having begun their relationship when she was still his drama teacher.
Surprisingly, when Macron was 17, he announced that he wanted to marry Brigitte, then aged 40. However, this came as a shock to his parents, according to Emmanuel Macron, A Perfect Young Man, a biography by Anne Fulda.
In an interview with Fulda, Macron’s mother, Francoise Nogues-Macron, said:
We just couldn’t believe it. What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte, we couldn’t just say, ‘That’s great’. What mattered to me was not the fact he was having a relationship with Brigitte but that he was alive and there weren’t any problems.
Brigitte, who already had three children, divorced her husband and eventually married Macron in 2007.
Since then, Brigitte has been Macron’s biggest influence and advisor as he pointed out during a campaign speech recently, when he acknowledged the role Brigitte has played in his life:
I owe her an enormous amount because she has contributed to make me the person I am.
Brigitte also confirmed the central role she plays in his life during an interview when she said:
I’ve been involved in everything at his side for 20 years. You always seem surprised that spouses are beside their husbands. It’s time for things to evolve. That’s where we belong.