HOW BRIGITTE MACRON, 64, FELL IN LOVE WITH HER THEN 16-YEAR-OLD STUDENT EMMANUEL MACRON ( NOW 39 ), DIVORCED HER HUSBAND, MOVED IN WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS 18
Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte Trogneux, is 24 years Macron’s senior. The 64-year-old First Lady of France met Macron when he was a 15-year-old high school student and she was his drama teacher. The grandmother of eight divorced her banker husband when Macron was 18 and then moved to Paris to be with him. In 2007, they got married.
From Daily Mail:
The unconventional romance started after the pair met when Mr Macron starred in one of Mrs Trogneux’s plays at Jesuit school Lycee La Providence in Amiens, northern France.
They also went on to re-write a play together, which they later admitted was the period when they fell in love. At the time, Mr Macron was just 16.
In an interview with French journalist Anne Fulda, who wrote a book about the politician said: ‘You know, the day we wrote that piece together, I had the impression I was working with Mozart.’
Speaking to French magazine Paris Match, she said: ‘I could feel I was falling, he was too…’, before adding: ‘At 17, Emmanuel told me: “Whatever you do, I will marry you!” Love took everything in its passage and lead me to divorce. It was impossible to resist him.’
Then known as Brigitte Auziere, she was married with three children and teaching French literature and drama when she encountered Macron, then just 15 years old. They bonded writing a play together, but when Macron told his parents of his interest, they sent him away to school in Paris. The two kept up a correspondence, and by the time Macron was 18, Trogneux had divorced her husband and moved to Paris to be with him. They were married in 2007.
“Nobody will ever know at what moment our story became a love story. That belongs to us. That is our secret,” Trogneux said of the origin of their relationship.