“I Waited 10yrs For My Children’s Sake” – France First Lady Reveals Why She Put Off Marrying Pres. Emmanuel Macron

Brigitte Macron, France’s First Lady, has revealed that she postponed marrying Emmanuel Macron, the current French President, to protect her children. In an interview with Paris Match magazine, Brigitte, 70, said she reflected on the decision to wait a decade before wedding Emmanuel, who is 25 years younger. She was Emmanuel’s drama teacher in a school in Amiens, France, where they first connected despite a significant age difference and her then-marriage. Emmanuel’s parents even moved him to a different school in Paris, but the relationship persisted.

According to a Daily Mail report, Brigitte, who resigned from her teaching job, emphasized that her primary concern was the impact on her children, who are close in age to Emmanuel. She aimed to shield them from potential harm, saying, “That lasted ten years, the time to put them on the rails. You can imagine what they were hearing. But I didn’t want to miss out on my life.”

Her family, including a son older than Emmanuel and daughters aged 46 and 39, eventually came to terms with the relationship. Brigitte also mused over her parents’ possible reactions and the light-hearted comments her siblings made about the situation.

The couple married in 2007, with Emmanuel then being a civil servant in his late twenties. Brigitte, who rarely discusses her marriage, expressed admiration for her husband’s intelligence and memory, noting his distinction among her former students, the Daily Mail report said.

Currently residing in the Élysée Palace, their life together involves late evenings and shared moments, with Brigitte preparing meals and focusing on adult education and charitable activities. Accustomed to public scrutiny, she remains undeterred by comments about her role or appearance.

Brigitte also recounted a pleasant interaction with King Charles and Queen Camilla during their visit to Paris, highlighting Charles’ humor and the royal couple’s sensitivity, and described their private gathering as ‘a marvelous moment’.