The model, singer and former French first lady is back with a new single
by HOPE COKE
FRANCOIS DURAND / GETTY IMAGES FOR JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER
Those who spent much of lockdown cooped up at home may have made some lofty pledges as to how they would make the best of the situation – from learning a musical instrument, to mastering the art of sourdough baking, to penning your first novel. As we begin to emerge back into the wider world, however, it’s becoming clear that few of those grand plans amounted to much. Unless, that is, you’re Carla Bruni, who took advantage of the time at home to work on a new album.
Seven years since her last French single, the icon of chic is back. Sebastian Shakespeare reports in the Daily Mail that Bruni recorded the album during the pandemic in a private studio near her home in Paris. She is quoted as stating: ‘We had the best time with a bunch of crazy and super talented people… We took great pleasure in recording it.’
Bruni has been eagerly anticipating the release on her social media channels in recent days, excitedly telling her followers, ‘Counting down the hours before my new single comes out.’ Most recently, the singer released a video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts offering a snippet of the new work. Wearing a sleeveless Harley Davidson T-shirt, animal-print jeans and cowboy boots, Bruni radiates casual cool as she dances and sings to the upbeat track. The accompanying caption reads: ‘It’s out!!!! Here’s an extract of my new single « quelque chose », now available on all platforms’.
One of the best known supermodels of the Nineties before she made a career transition to become a singer-songwriter, Bruni married former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. Her previous album in French, entitled Little French Songs, was released in April 2013.
Among her career highlights include singing at Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday, and joining fellow modelling greats Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford to close the Versace SS18 show, in tribute to the late Gianni Versace. And, of course, earning a spot on Tatler’s top 10 best-dressed list in January 2010.
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