This Thursday, June 16, 2022, “The trainee” is back on France 3 for new episodes. The successful series has been worn by Michèle Bernier for several years now. One more role for the actress who has long shared the life of another big name on the stage, Bruno Gaccio. Unfortunately, between these two, all has not always been rosy.
At 65, Michèle Bernier is an actress who counts, whether on the small or big screen, and even on the boards. A path of life that has also chosen to borrow his daughter, Charlotte Gaccio, fruit of his love with Bruno Gaccio. For fifteen years, from 1982 to 1997, the actress and the TV producer, notably known thanks to her participation in the writing of the show Les Guignols, lived a beautiful romance. But everything collapsed, just before the birth of their son, Enzo.
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A “chaotic” breakup
In 1997, Bruno Gaccio left Michèle Bernier for another woman. At that time, they are already the parents of Charlotte, born in 1988, and are about to welcome a little boy. Pregnant and in full adaptation of her one woman show “Le Démon de midi”, Michèle Bernier must face the brutal decision of her companion. A particularly painful phase for the actress who remembers a “chaotic” break-up. In addition to the love of her children, what allowed her to get out of it was therapy over four years, as she explained in 2015 on the show Le Divan: “It was a way of not to enter into a system of resentment, of misfortune. I wanted to understand this couple and why they had gone to peanuts.”
Especially since if Bruno Gaccio had developed strong feelings for another woman, Michèle Bernier, she still felt a lot of love for her. “I loved him so much. For me, it was an eternal love story. In a separation, everyone leaves feathers there. I did a lot of psychoanalysis, I did not enter a war system which never stops. Bruno is a great dad” she confided in 2018 in the M6 program, An intimate ambition. And to put it into perspective: “I loved this man so much and I will love him until the end of my life, in another way. (…) I was unhappy, I am very blue flower and I I always believed in the couple for life. He fell in love with someone else. It’s his life, and the success helped me.”
Already in 2015, Michèle Bernier sang the praises of Bruno Gaccio with whom she shared so much, despite this painful breakup: “We never really left each other. I have a lot of admiration for him, he made everything alone. He’s a frankly wonderful boy. (…) I’ll never hold it against Bruno because he wanted to live another love life. I just tell myself that I didn’t get the wrong guy. C It’s important to realize that, even if we change partners.”
“You can’t live in resentment forever”
25 years after their breakup, Michèle Bernier and Bruno Gaccio want more than anything to team up, for their children, but also for their grandchildren. Their eldest daughter, Charlotte Gaccio, gave birth to twins, Zoé and Roméo, in 2018. And as grandparents, the ex-lovers are committed to preserving the family balance, where there is “no there are no generational conflicts” as Michèle Bernier explained in 2021 in the columns of the magazine Nous Deux: “It is important to maintain a family relationship that is not in conflict.”
Admittedly, the break was initially painful and the actress had to deploy treasures of energy to recover from it. But today, more than ever, she cherishes these ties that bind her to her ex: “Bruno Gaccio is the father of my children, and he had to remain so, that must not change. We went through times difficult obviously, but we can not live in resentment forever, she confided to Télé Loisirs. What happiness today to meet and eat all together. Even if we have rebuilt our lives each on our side, these moments are important for our children, for me, for Bruno, for everyone.”
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For his part too, Bruno Gaccio does everything to preserve this beautiful balance, built with love and benevolence. In 2016, then questioned on France 5 on the “fusional” relationship between Michèle Bernier and their daughter Charlotte, he liked to tell the points in common that unite them: “Charlotte also has an ability to create links between people and to make everything popular, like his mother!” As for knowing which of the two is the most prone to giggles, Bruno Gaccio had answered almost without thinking: “I’ve never played with my daughter but I’ve played with Mimi, it’s a risk at all times !” The bond stronger than anything.
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