They spoke for the first time, and they didn't mince words. In an interview with Paris Match, Jade and Joy Hallyday, Laeticia and Johnny's two youngest daughters, spoke out about the broken ties with their two siblings David and Laura.
Since December 11, 2017 and their father's funeral in Saint-Barthélemy, Jade and Joy say they have "never heard directly from" David Hallyday and Laura Smet. It was a disappointment for the two sisters, who had hoped to bond with their elders.
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Jade and Joy go even further: the former says they experienced this distancing as an "abandonment", the latter as a "betrayal". "After Dad passed away, we thought we'd have a stronger bond, that it would bring us all closer together. We have the same name, the same father, but nothing in common in the end," insists Joy.
"We didn't do anything to them"
They also discussed the issue of Johnny's inheritance, a source of great tension within the Hallyday family. In early 2018, in the months following the singer's death, Laura Smet announced that she would contest his will. He deprived her and her brother David of any possessions, while everything went to Laetitia. In the event of her death, the only heirs would be Jade and Joy.
"We would have liked to share moments with our older brother and sister to talk about our father rather than seeing them take us to court when we didn't do anything to them," Jade told Paris Match, referring to the legal battles between her older sister and her mother. Laeticia Hallyday and Laura Smet finally reached a "definitive" agreement in July 2020.
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This interview with Paris Match will not be the only media outing of the week for Jade and Joy Hallyday. They will also pay tribute to their father next Sunday, during the show Sept à Huit on TF1.