In the interview for 7 on newsstands from February 25 with Teresa Ciabatti, Laura Pausini talks about “another me”, retraces her life and career on the occasion of the release of the film “Laura Pausini, nice to meet you” on Prime Video on April 7. And she remembers that betrayal by Marco, boyfriend and schoolmate
«What would have happened if I hadn’t won Sanremo?» Laura Pausini has asked herself since the age of eighteen, since she, that is, she triumphed at the Festival with Loneliness, starting a career of successes, awards, millions of records sold worldwide. For twenty-nine years Laura Pausini has been the most important Italian singer. The most loved, the most acclaimed. She was recently in Sanremo as a super guest with Box, the last single she wrote together with Madame. Soon you, with Alessandro Cattelan and Mika, will present Eurovision, and on April 7 the film will be released on Prime Video Laura Pausini, nice to meet you (written with Ivan Cotroneo and Monica Rametta) which traces her career and tells of an alternative Laura, the one she would have been if she hadn’t won Sanremo. The answer to the question that has been asked for years. So let’s go back, let’s go back to Solarolo (province of Ravenna), to mother Gianna, kindergarten teacher, to father Fabrizio, piano bar singer. Let’s go back to the little girl who has been playing piano with her father since the age of eight in the clubs of Romagna.
Did you like the Laura in the film, or rather the not famous Laura, the one she could have been without the victory in Sanremo?
“It excited me.”
What does he bring back from his former life?
«For example, her friends: Cristina, Elisa, Lorena and Erika. We never got lost, every time I go back to Solarolo in the summer we do gymnastics in the pool, in the winter we zumba in the gym of our old elementary school. We gave ourselves the name of The Synchronettebut we don’t go in sync, we chat, they update me on the news of the country, who got married, who has had children».
Her friends’ work?
«Cristina goldsmith, Elisa baker, Lorena clerk, Erika worker».
“We went to school together from kindergarten. In high school we separated, in Solarolo there are no superiors. But we took the train together, that 7.30 train. Up to Castel Bolognese where there was the exchange and everyone went in his direction ».
“HE CLAIMS HE HAS NOT CHEATED ON ME. BUT I CAN SAY THE GIRL’S NAME AND SURNAME, CLASSROOM IN WHICH THEY KISSED, PRECISE POSITION: UNDER THE GEOGRAPHIC MAP OF ITALY»
Marco was also on that train
«Many newspapers and TV broadcasts tracked him down to tell our story. He said no every time, he is very reserved ».
So all true, treason included?
“I always thank him: ‘If you hadn’t betrayed me, I wouldn’t have become a singer'”.
“He claims he didn’t cheat on me. However, I can say the girl’s name and surname, the classroom where they kissed, their precise position: under the geographical map of Italy».
In the songs she puts her experience.
“I sing what I know. I have to identify myself. It even happens to me with movies. In high school, I watched Twin Peaks and I wanted to be Laura Palmer. I imagined myself on the beach, wrapped in plastic, with Marco coming to save me».
Impossible to sing about experiences he doesn’t know?
“Leaving normal life at eighteen is a lot of what I don’t have direct experience with.”
«Never had the story of one night and go, only long engagements. So if they offer me songs about a night of sex, a single night, I don’t sing them, I can’t».
«Until I was eighteen I was forbidden to go to the disco. After Sanremo, back in Solarolo, my friends take me to Il Gufo. As soon as I enter, my first time at the disco, the DJ says into the microphone: “And now Laura Pausini has arrived”».
«Loris Capirossi had arrived before me».
Have you been going to discos since then?
“Never set foot again. I’m ashamed to dance in front of everyone.”
«I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE SAME FRIENDS, ONE IS A GOLDSMITH, THE OTHERS A BAKER, AN EMPLOYEE AND A WORKER. WE ARE CALLED THE SYNCHRONETTE»
«Summer evenings in Cervia: maybe my friends went to the amusement park, to calcinculo, and I sang in the piano bar with my father – but I wanted it».
Do you feel you have missed something?
«I’m recovering a lot with my daughter: we’ve been three times to Disneyland Orlando, and once to Disneyland Paris».
Going back to the piano bar with your father: was your dream from the beginning to become a singer?
«Also interior decorator, make-up artist, catechist, shop assistant. We friends fantasized: “Maybe be a sales assistant”, in Solarolo there was a large clothing store, beautiful».
«The boys who taught catechism to us children were kind. I said to myself: when I grow up I want to be like them. Then in the summer we went to the school camp in the mountains».
«In the evening we chatted with the priests, I was the one asking the uncomfortable questions».
“Why can’t gays get married?”
«Aside from the fact that they were things that everyone wanted to know but didn’t have the courage to ask, other than that, Don Antonio answered every question. I owe my parents, childhood friends and Don Antonio Gamberini who I am, the woman I have become».
Who is Laura Pausini?
“A disciplined person.”
«I KEEP EVERYTHING ABOUT MY DAUGHTER PAOLA, FROM THEMES TO THE TEETH (ALL OF THEM): I HAVE VERY FEW PHOTOS OF MYSELF AS A CHILD AND I’M AFRAID OF LOSING MY MEMORY. IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING TO ME…”
His biggest fear?
“Twenty years ago that my voice changed.”
«Recently they said to me: “Do you remember that time in Brisighella?” And I “never been to Brisighella”, instead I had been there several times, but I didn’t remember it. It happens to me with places and people. Having traveled a lot and met many people, perhaps my memory is almost full».
«Since Paola was born, I have been committed to ensuring that the entire memory is for her».
«I take so many photos of her, she can’t take it anymore. But I think of myself that I have very few photos as a child and I would like them. For the film we were able to recover the footage of the piano bar evenings thanks to my father’s fan club».
Is there nothing left of your childhood?
“I found a box in my parents’ attic. Inside erasers, a bracelet with Laura written on it, and other small objects of no value. Then there is still Valentina, my doll that I passed on to Paola, my daughter».
“She never played with it, abandoned in the pile of puppets.”
What does she keep of her daughter?
«Themes, drawings, teeth».
The moment Paola realized she was Laura Pausini’s daughter?
«At one year. She watched television where I was singing. She got up, she put her hand on the screen, she tried to caress me ».
Do you love his songs?
“She has her idols.”
An idol of Paola?
“Matthew Roman. After the performance in Sanremo I called her to ask if I had sung well. Answer: “When does Matteo sing?”».
At that point?
«I knocked on Matteo Romano’s dressing room to ask him to make a greeting video for my daughter. He was very kind.”
Very kind to Laura Pausini?
“Not everyone is.”
Does it scare you that one day Paola might read negative comments about you?
“I explained to her that you can like it and not like it. Someone will tell her: your mom sings badly. On the internet you will find: good mother, bad mother, beautiful mother, ugly mother, mother who swears. You will find photo montages, insults. And no, you shouldn’t be frightened.’
“At school a child told her: ‘I don’t like your mum’s music'”.
Your daughter’s reaction?
“”Your business”. Actually I don’t know if she’s really strong or hers is armor. I want to understand”.
Who is it for?
«Madame wrote it after seeing a post of mine with her friends, the Sincronettes, in fact».
For Laura who is the you of the song?
“My own little girl.”
The difference with the girl then?
«At the time, I jumped on the bed to the tune of Billie Jean, and my mother yelled at me to get off or I’d break the staves – as the song goes – now I dance at home, we prepare shows with the maestro. We just started GreaseI’ve already bought Sandy’s dress on Amazon, 44 euros».
Do you assemble the choreography for the final show?
Where and for whom?
«In the living room, for my husband and my daughter who have to vote me with the shovel».
Paola’s last vote?
«I saw her in Sanremo and she struck me, she looked like me at eighteen. I wrote to her on Instagram not even knowing if she followed me ».
Laura and Madame today?
“I often call her because I don’t understand some words.”
“I made the list of words I didn’t know and learned from her: boomer, cringe skitt, goat. “You are goat” he said to me. And I thought goat, I thought she was saying goat. Afterwards she explained to me: “Greatest of all times” ».
«At Madame’s, goat was fine too».
She has been the most successful singer for almost thirty years in Italy and in the world.
«At the beginning I said it was luck, now I say that there is a lot of discipline. From the start, when I was eighteen, if they invited me on a show like I don’t know, in Brussels or Lisbon, economy class airfare, unaccompanied, I went. I went everywhere. I’ve never turned anything down.”
Does anyone refuse?
“If there aren’t the necessary comforts, many give up”.
What particular situations did you find yourself in?
“In Germany, during a morning TV show. I sing and at a certain point some hens enter. Now I’m somewhat afraid of birds, but I’ve finished singing my song anyway.’
Had she been warned about the chickens?
“No. I later found out that in that show it was the norm to have animals in the studio, chickens, rabbits. I know of my colleagues who have walked away refusing to sing».
«In Mexico, still during a television broadcast, I was nineteen. Today thanks to Coco (cartoon editor’s note) we know the idea of death in Mexican culture, not at the time. None of us knew that for them the day of the dead is a joyful holiday. And so, day of the dead, me singing in the television studio, when people dressed as the dead and zombies enter and surround me ».
“I continued to sing.”
«At the end of the song the conductor asks me: “Laura, how do you see yourself when you’re dead?”»
“Yo no quiero morir.”
That is to say?
“I don’t want to die.”
February 25, 2022 (change February 25, 2022 | 09:00)
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