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6 hours ago, Kumazzz said:

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Mika

Comme directeur artistique, Mika a sans aucun doute laissé sa marque sur la cuvée 2021 de Star Académie. Rigueur, rires et liberté sont au coeur des propos qu’il a partagés avec nous.

 

Mika, êtes-vous fier de votre travail comme directeur artistique à Star Académie? J’ai un drôle de concept de la fierté. Je ne suis jamais trop fier de rien. Je suis trop impatient pour être fier. Je sais toutefois que j’ai pris du plaisir à faire ce travail et que, à quelques reprises, je me suis arrêté pour me dire: «Wow! ça, on n’a jamais vu ça ailleurs!» Mais au-delà des feux d’artifice ou des fleurs, ce qui m’a plu le plus, ce sont des moments comme celui où Maëva et Annabel ont repris Boom Boom Boom, car j’avais l’impression que la chanson ne m’appartenait plus. J’ai éprouvé beaucoup de plaisir à redécouvrir quelque chose que j’avais pourtant écrit.

 

Qu’est-ce que ça vous apporte de partager votre savoir avec de jeunes artistes?

 

Ils me font rire! Ils ont cette légèreté tellement sympathique. À un moment donné, on pense avoir tout vu, mais la jeunesse arrive toujours avec de nouvelles perspectives.

 

Qu’aimeriez-vous qu’ils retiennent de vos apprentissages?

 

Qu’il faut bosser pour survivre dans ce métier, et ce, peu importe votre âge.

 

«Ici, on fait bien les choses, mais sans se prendre la tête!»

On pense avoir tout vu, mais la jeunesse arrive toujours avec de nouvelles perspectives .»

 

Les compétitions et les concours de chant, c’est très bien, parce qu’il y a la lumière et les écrans partout. Mais comment vas-tu te défendre lorsqu’il faudra que tu ailles chercher cette lumière et la mettre sur toi? C’est avec de la rigueur qu’on y arrive!

 

En ce sens, votre enseignement était bienveillant, mais aussi très honnête!

 

Ça ne sert à rien d’être faux et de dire à outrance: «Oh, tu me touches, je suis ému!» Parfois oui, mais ça doit demeurer exceptionnel. Je pense qu’avec de jeunes artistes il faut un mélange de tendresse et d’enthousiasme, mais aussi d’honnêteté et de rigueur. Il ne faut pas aller vers la dureté et piocher sur les gens, mais avoir la candeur de dire rapidement ce qui est bien et moins bien, et de ne pas s’y accrocher.

 

Avez-vous eu le temps de discuter avec les autres professeurs de l’Académie?

 

J’ai surtout discuté avec Ariane Moffatt et Lara Fabian. Elles ont un regard très maternel envers les Académiciens. Elles donnent beaucoup d’elles-mêmes avec franchise. Elles partagent avec générosité autant ce qu’elles ressentent dans leur coeur que dans leur tête. On n’a jamais l’impression qu’elles lisent un script sur un iPad, comme ce qu’on verrait aux États-Unis, par exemple. Et elles me font rire! Il y a tellement de choses que les téléspectateurs ne voient pas. Par exemple, pendant le medley de demandes spéciales avec Gregory Charles, Lara était debout sur sa chaise et chantait presque plus fort que les Académiciens. C’est fantastique parce que ça démontre que, même si on est sérieux dans la vie, quand il y a de la musique, c’est le temps de se laisser aller!

 

Vous qui avez visité les plateaux de télévision du monde entier, seriez-vous capable de pointer l’ingrédient spécial de la recette québécoise?

 

C’est le mélange entre les séquences qui sont vraiment travaillées et les autres qui sont beaucoup plus dans l’esprit du moment, voire improvisées. Ce mélange-là, il est très québécois et à l’image des gens d’ici, je pense. Par exemple, au Québec, on peut manger dans un restaurant où tous les plats sont extrêmement étudiés et travaillés et de niveau international, mais c’est toujours fait avec une énergie plutôt cool. Ici, on fait bien les choses, mais sans se prendre la tête!

 

Les Académiciens sont extrêmement solidaires entre eux... Avez-vous déjà vécu une collégialité semblable en début de carrière?

 

Non. Bien que mon profil public ait démarré dans la vingtaine, j’étais sur scène dès l’âge de 8 ans. Quand on commence aussi jeune et qu’on doit performer devant 3000 personnes, ça change notre mentalité par rapport aux autres. C’est un drôle de métier où l’on est entouré d’énormément de gens tout en restant très seul parfois. J’avoue que d’avoir vu chanter les Académiciens ensemble après les Variétés, soulagés de leur soirée, ça m’a réchauffé le coeur. Tout à coup, j’ai vu les gamins en eux, et ça m’a touché.

 

Que leur souhaitez-vous?

 

Être sur scène, c’est presque tribal. Pendant un concert de deux heures, ta voix, tes pieds, ton regard doivent parler aux gens, et ça devient quasi cérémonial, car tu te sens possédé par quelque chose qui n’a rien à voir avec la vie de tous les jours. C’est extrêmement cathartique! Ce qui différencie les amateurs des professionnels, c’est que l’amateur n’assume pas ça jusqu’au bout et se pose des questions, tandis que le professionnel est toujours fluide, courageux et libre. Je leur souhaite de trouver cette liberté totale!

 

Qu’est-ce qui vous attend après Star Académie?

 

Ce sont des mois intenses d’écriture. On m’attend en France et en Italie, mais d’abord et avant tout, j’irai passer quatre jours chez moi aux ÉtatsUnis. Avec la covid, j’ai été beaucoup suspendu dans les airs ces derniers temps et j’ai hâte de rentrer à la maison.

 

Le Variété de Star Académie, dimanche 19 h, à TVA.

La quotidienne de Star Académie, lundi au jeudi 19 h 30, à TVA.

 

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Mika

As artistic director, Mika has undoubtedly left his mark on Star Académie's 2021 vintage. Rigor, laughter and freedom are at the heart of what he shared with us.


Mika, are you proud of your work as artistic director at Star Académie? I have a funny concept of pride. I'm never too proud of anything. I am too impatient to be proud. I do know, however, that I enjoyed doing this job and that a few times I stopped and said to myself, “Wow! we've never seen that elsewhere! " But beyond the fireworks or the flowers, what I liked the most were moments like when Maëva and Annabel took over Boom Boom Boom, because I had the impression that the song did not 'belonged more. I took great pleasure in rediscovering something that I had previously written.


What does it do for you to share your knowledge with young artists?


They make me laugh! They have this so nice lightness. At some point, you think you've seen it all, but young people always come with new perspectives.


What would you like them to take away from your learning?


That you have to work to survive in this business, no matter how old you are.

 

«Here, we do things well, but without taking the lead !»

We think we have seen it all, but young people always come with new perspectives.»

 

Competitions and singing contests are great, because there are lights and screens everywhere. But how are you going to defend yourself when you have to go find that light and put it on yourself? It is with rigor that we get there!


In this sense, your teaching was benevolent, but also very honest!


There is no point in being false and saying outrageously, "Oh, you touch me, I'm moved!" Sometimes yes, but it must remain exceptional. I think that with young artists you need a mixture of tenderness and enthusiasm, but also honesty and rigor. You don't have to be harsh and pick on people, but have the candor to quickly say what's right and wrong, and not get hung up on it.


Did you have time to chat with the other academics at the Academy?


I mainly spoke with Ariane Moffatt and Lara Fabian. They have a very maternal gaze towards Academicians. They give a lot of themselves with frankness. They generously share what they feel in their hearts as much as in their heads. It never feels like they're reading a script on an iPad, like you'd see in the United States, for example. And they make me laugh! There is so much that viewers don't see. For example, during the Special Requests medley with Gregory Charles, Lara was standing in her chair and singing almost louder than the Academicians. It's fantastic because it shows that, no matter how serious you are in life, when there is music, it's time to let go!


You who have visited television sets around the world, would you be able to identify the special ingredient in the Quebec recipe?


It's the mix between the sequences that are really worked on and the others that are much more in the spirit of the moment, even improvised. This mixture is very Quebecois and like the people here, I think. For example, in Quebec, you can eat in a restaurant where all the dishes are extremely studied and worked on and of international level, but it is always done with a rather cool energy. Here, we do things well, but without taking the lead!


Academicians are extremely supportive of each other ... Have you ever experienced a similar collegiality at the start of your career?


No. Although my public profile started in my twenties, I was on stage from the age of eight. When you start so young and have to perform in front of 3000 people, it changes our mentality in relation to others. It's a funny job where you are surrounded by a lot of people while being very lonely at times. I admit that seeing the Academicians sing together after the Variety, relieved of their evening, warmed my heart. Suddenly I saw the kids in them, and it touched me.


What do you wish them?


Being on stage is almost tribal. During a two hour concert, your voice, your feet, your gaze must speak to people, and it becomes almost ceremonial, because you feel possessed by something that has nothing to do with everyday life. It’s extremely cathartic! What differentiates amateurs from professionals is that the amateur doesn't take it all the way and asks questions, while the professional is always fluid, courageous and free. I wish them to find this total freedom!


What to expect after Star Académie?


These have been intense months of writing. I am expected in France and Italy, but first and foremost, I will spend four days at home in the United States. With covid, I've been hanging in the air a lot lately and can't wait to get home.


Le Variété de Star Académie, Sunday 7 p.m., at TVA.

The daily Star Académie, Monday to Thursday 7:30 p.m., at TVA.

 

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12 hours ago, Kumazzz said:

What to expect after Star Académie?


These have been intense months of writing. I am expected in France and Italy

I wonder if he is expected in Italy for X Factor, I see some rumors that he'll be a judge again 

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22 minutes ago, mellody said:

 

possessed? No idea what he means. :mf_rosetinted::teehee:

 

 

Not just possessed, it's infectious too! 

*jiggles away - and with me there's a lot to jiggle! * :groovy:

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10 hours ago, mellody said:

Hmm, in the English version it's "home" both times, but I just read the French version, it's "chez moi" for Miami and "a la maison" at the end. Maison means house, dunno if it can also mean home, as in feeling at home somewhere? So maybe it just means he misses that house? And maybe also the area - if I was him, after the Canadian temperatures I'd also like to hang out under palm trees in Miami for a few days. :naughty: :biggrin2:

 

I definitely agree, he refers to his house in Miami. That's his real house, the only one he does own at the moment. Last year he only spent there a few weeks in January, then went back on tour, and after the Australian leg we all know he returned to Europe and went to Athens.

 

He spent a week in Miami for the first time since over a year at the beginning of March, before going to Canada. Now he's spending another week there, but it seems like he's going to leave soon again (maybe over the weekend? he says he's only going to spend there 4 days...).

Definitely, over the past few years that's the house he's been calling "home".

 

I would love he called "home" his (rented) house in Tuscany, but I know that's not the case. He only stays in Italy when he's working on a project or has some scheduled appointment. 

Same for Paris (as far as I know), where he stays at hotels or some relative's place.

 

Of course he's citizen of the world, so he makes a house wherever he is...even a dressing-room for one day!

But "home" is the one in Miami for him and I can understand if he longs to be there now.

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2 hours ago, holdingyourdrink said:

Wait what???? When does the season start? 

 

No announcement has been done so far. But rumors say the team of judges should be mostly confirmed (excpet maybe for Manuel Agnelli, ...I think). Anyway, nothing's sure at the moment, but I guess in a couple of months we're going to get some news about the team of judges for the next season.

If everything is confirmed, then recordings should start in the Summer. We'll wait and see what happens...! :wink2:

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4 hours ago, Elena Mastro said:

Same for Paris (as far as I know), where he stays at hotels or some relative's place.

I was wondering about this, since most of his siblings apparently live there now. Wasn’t Paris always his home in terms of where he felt he belonged more as opposed to London? In Paris him wearing bowties and colourful trousers would be celebrated, in London he would be bullied. I wonder if that had led the decision for his family to relocate to Paris, alongside Brexit maybe. 
 

The reason why I’m wondering about this, is because we made a similar decision for our little family. We’re colourful in terms of multicultural, interracial and multilingual. We noticed that living where we lived, we were viewed as “strange”, whereas where we live now it is easier to find other families like ourselves. I don’t want my children to grow up thinking they are “strange”, but I want them to grow up with people just like them. I want them to be able to celebrate who they are. I could understand that for him and his family this would be important as well.

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6 hours ago, Elena Mastro said:

On TVA they uploaded the full "party" class with Mika from last week. :cheer: It's 1h30' long !!!

Here's the direct link to watch it:

 

https://www.qub.ca/tvaplus/video/cours-070302-mika-1040332745

 

(I'm sure the admins will be able to provide the link to a fully accessible video. I just wanted to say that is available :wink2: )

Thanks a lot for posting !!

 

Cours d'identité artistique avec Mika

1 h 30 min

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TVA https://www.qub.ca/tvaplus/video/cours-070302-mika-1040332745

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2 hours ago, Kumazzz said:

Thanks a lot for posting !!

 

Cours d'identité artistique avec Mika

1 h 30 min

image.jpg.5533b1f1524277c6450a4ae3869f9f7b.jpg

 

 

TVA https://www.qub.ca/tvaplus/video/cours-070302-mika-1040332745

☛ DIRECT MP4

 

 

Wow!!!!!! Thank God they decided to post it!!!!!!!

I am in the middle of the video and all I can say is: WOW!

It should be translated to let people understand the way Mika is working and explaining his ideas.

 

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4 hours ago, holdingyourdrink said:

I was wondering about this, since most of his siblings apparently live there now. Wasn’t Paris always his home in terms of where he felt he belonged more as opposed to London? In Paris him wearing bowties and colourful trousers would be celebrated, in London he would be bullied. I wonder if that had led the decision for his family to relocate to Paris, alongside Brexit maybe. 
 

The reason why I’m wondering about this, is because we made a similar decision for our little family. We’re colourful in terms of multicultural, interracial and multilingual. We noticed that living where we lived, we were viewed as “strange”, whereas where we live now it is easier to find other families like ourselves. I don’t want my children to grow up thinking they are “strange”, but I want them to grow up with people just like them. I want them to be able to celebrate who they are. I could understand that for him and his family this would be important as well.

If I'm not wrong, from what he said in the interviews, He has a house in London, in Paris, in Miami, in Milan, in Tosacana. And in Athens is Andy's house. He always says that home is where he's with the people he loves and feels free. So it's difficult to know which house he calls home, I guess all houses are.

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12 hours ago, holdingyourdrink said:

Wait what???? When does the season start? 

I see that they already opened for registrations online, like next year. And there's a lot of speculation about who's going to replace Allesandro Cattelan, among other names it is also Fedez. But I'm sure we'll get many rumors before the official announcement.

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9 hours ago, Elena Mastro said:

I definitely agree, he refers to his house in Miami

Yes, I think the same

9 hours ago, Elena Mastro said:

I would love he called "home" his (rented) house in Tuscany, but I know that's not the case. He only stays in Italy when he's working on a project or has some scheduled appointment.

Moreover, he mentioned several times in interviews that the house in Tuscany it is his sister's house. 

About Paris, he said he rented his own house a while ago, because in the past he spent all the money he got from The Voice to pay the hotel bill :)

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46 minutes ago, Anna Ko Kolkowska said:

 

 

Wow!!!!!! Thank God they decided to post it!!!!!!!

I am in the middle of the video and all I can say is: WOW!

It should be translated to let people understand the way Mika is working and explaining his ideas.

 

 

I can't watch it now, but you make me curious. :biggrin2:

 

36 minutes ago, Megustaelpulpo said:

If I'm not wrong, from what he said in the interviews, He has a house in London, in Paris, in Miami, in Milan, in Tosacana. And in Athens is Andy's house. He always says that home is where he's with the people he loves and feels free. So it's difficult to know which house he calls home, I guess all houses are.

 

From what I heard, he doesn't have the homes in Milan and London anymore. I never heard that he owned a place in Paris, I only know part of his family lives there - tho I'm never sure which of their homes are rented or bought. Athens, for example - it seems Mika and Andy have 2 flats there now in the same house, but no idea if they're rented or bought. Same for Tuscany, I heard the house belongs to him, it belongs to his sister, or it's rented - no idea which is true. Sometimes there are ways to find out such things online, and fans who have a lot of time and energy to do that. I don't tbh, so all I know are rumours or things he said in interviews. And I don't know all of those either, plus we all know he sometimes contradicts himself. :teehee: So well indeed the only house that *I* know he owns for sure right now is the one in Miami.

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20 minutes ago, krysady said:

 

About Paris, he said he rented his own house a while ago, because in the past he spent all the money he got from The Voice to pay the hotel bill :)

 

That must be part of the interviews that I haven't heard. :teehee: But it was only over the last ca. 1,5 years that I started following his French and Italian interviews / activities, before that I only read the written interviews if a translation was posted on MFC. Opens a whole new universe. :teehee:

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1 hour ago, mellody said:

 

That must be part of the interviews that I haven't heard. :teehee: But it was only over the last ca. 1,5 years that I started following his French and Italian interviews / activities, before that I only read the written interviews if a translation was posted on MFC. Opens a whole new universe. :teehee:

It was an older interview where he said that he found himself literally crying into the hotel's lobby after he found out he has to give all the money he got from The Voice for paying the bill, I looked for the interview but couldn't find it. 

Anyway, while I was searching it, I found another one where he said that his main house it is in USA, and he only owns an American passport, but at the same time he is feeling deeply European. That is one of my favorites french interviews and I was looking if it got subtitles, but couldn't find it, I thought it was translated back then. It really deserves, it is such an interesting one!  It's the RFM interview with Pascal Negre, he talks about his houses around min. 5:10 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, krysady said:

and he only owns an American passport

Wow really? I thought he had dual citizenship with the UK. 
That must be a hassle to get his VISA approved every time. Since I would assume he’s self-employed and doesn’t have a permanent residence in Europe, I’m not sure if he would be issued a work VISA (which country anyway 😆). I can imagine he has a repeated Schengen one then. 

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2 hours ago, mellody said:

 

I can't watch it now, but you make me curious. :biggrin2:

 

 

From what I heard, he doesn't have the homes in Milan and London anymore. I never heard that he owned a place in Paris, I only know part of his family lives there - tho I'm never sure which of their homes are rented or bought. Athens, for example - it seems Mika and Andy have 2 flats there now in the same house, but no idea if they're rented or bought. Same for Tuscany, I heard the house belongs to him, it belongs to his sister, or it's rented - no idea which is true. Sometimes there are ways to find out such things online, and fans who have a lot of time and energy to do that. I don't tbh, so all I know are rumours or things he said in interviews. And I don't know all of those either, plus we all know he sometimes contradicts himself. :teehee: So well indeed the only house that *I* know he owns for sure right now is the one in Miami.

It's difficult to know, but I am not talking about whether it is your own or a rented house. Your home can be a rented house. It's difficult to find the interviews now, and also surely they contradict each other. 😂. It's a new excuse to say that we need new interviews.

Also, I'm impatient to know what style your next album will have. Better not think about the time that will pass until we let's find out. 😆

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1 hour ago, krysady said:

It was an older interview where he said that he found himself literally crying into the hotel's lobby after he found out he has to give all the money he got from The Voice for paying the bill, I looked for the interview but couldn't find it. 

Anyway, while I was searching it, I found another one where he said that his main house it is in USA, and he only owns an American passport, but at the same time he is feeling deeply European. That is one of my favorites french interviews and I was looking if it got subtitles, but couldn't find it, I thought it was translated back then. It really deserves, it is such an interesting one!  It's the RFM interview with Pascal Negre, he talks about his houses around min. 5:10 

 

 

 

Thanks! This interview seems very nice, although I don't understand much.

It's weird about the passport ... I think there will be an interview where it says something different. 😂

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11 minutes ago, holdingyourdrink said:

Wow really? I thought he had dual citizenship with the UK. 
That must be a hassle to get his VISA approved every time. Since I would assume he’s self-employed and doesn’t have a permanent residence in Europe, I’m not sure if he would be issued a work VISA (which country anyway 😆). I can imagine he has a repeated Schengen one then. 

I also think the same, he's supposed to have dual citizenship.😆

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14 hours ago, Elena Mastro said:

 

I definitely agree, he refers to his house in Miami. That's his real house, the only one he does own at the moment. Last year he only spent there a few weeks in January, then went back on tour, and after the Australian leg we all know he returned to Europe and went to Athens.

 

He spent a week in Miami for the first time since over a year at the beginning of March, before going to Canada. Now he's spending another week there, but it seems like he's going to leave soon again (maybe over the weekend? he says he's only going to spend there 4 days...).

Definitely, over the past few years that's the house he's been calling "home".

 

I would love he called "home" his (rented) house in Tuscany, but I know that's not the case. He only stays in Italy when he's working on a project or has some scheduled appointment. 

Same for Paris (as far as I know), where he stays at hotels or some relative's place.

 

Of course he's citizen of the world, so he makes a house wherever he is...even a dressing-room for one day!

But "home" is the one in Miami for him and I can understand if he longs to be there now.

@Elena Mastro :thumb_yello:yes Mika citizen of world.. :wub2: son d'accordo Brava Elena...

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10 hours ago, holdingyourdrink said:

I was wondering about this, since most of his siblings apparently live there now. Wasn’t Paris always his home in terms of where he felt he belonged more as opposed to London? In Paris him wearing bowties and colourful trousers would be celebrated, in London he would be bullied. I wonder if that had led the decision for his family to relocate to Paris, alongside Brexit maybe.

 

I'm not sure where Mika's siblings live anymore - but I think they were staying in Paris while their mother was so ill. They may have gone back to their respective homes by now, don't you think, if they have jobs or other relationships?

 

It's interesting that we're discussing this now, because last night I ran across an old interview in which he said that London was his home and it always would be. Of course, this interview was from 2007 or 2008 (of course, I can't find it now that I need it!) so his opinion could have changed.

 

4 hours ago, krysady said:

Yes, I think the same

Moreover, he mentioned several times in interviews that the house in Tuscany it is his sister's house. 

About Paris, he said he rented his own house a while ago, because in the past he spent all the money he got from The Voice to pay the hotel bill :)

 

Yes, I recall him saying that the house in Tuscany was his sister's, too. But he certainly seems at home there.

 

4 hours ago, mellody said:

 

plus we all know he sometimes contradicts himself. :teehee: So well indeed the only house that *I* know he owns for sure right now is the one in Miami.

 

:lol3:  Yes, we have said before that the least reliable source of information about Mika is Mika!

 

1 hour ago, holdingyourdrink said:

Wow really? I thought he had dual citizenship with the UK. 
That must be a hassle to get his VISA approved every time. Since I would assume he’s self-employed and doesn’t have a permanent residence in Europe, I’m not sure if he would be issued a work VISA (which country anyway 😆). I can imagine he has a repeated Schengen one then. 

 

I don't know how that works, but I wonder how Brexit complicates things now? I thought he had dual citizenship as well, but perhaps he gave up his British passport? I suppose you can do that? :dunno: Me, on the other hand, I'm thinking of looking into how I can claim British citizenship. My mother is English and has never naturalized, so I think I can do it. When Trump was still president I started investigating, thinking I might need to abandon the US, but now that he's out of office I sort of let it go... But maybe I should follow up with it, just in case...

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43 minutes ago, dcdeb said:

I'm not sure where Mika's siblings live anymore - but I think they were staying in Paris while their mother was so ill. They may have gone back to their respective homes by now, don't you think, if they have jobs or other relationships?

I think I just assumed they all lived in Paris, not sure where this was based on 🙈

 

47 minutes ago, dcdeb said:

It's interesting that we're discussing this now, because last night I ran across an old interview in which he said that London was his home and it always would be. Of course, this interview was from 2007 or 2008 (of course, I can't find it now that I need it!) so his opinion could have changed.

It wouldn’t be the first time his opinion changes 😆

 

48 minutes ago, dcdeb said:

I don't know how that works, but I wonder how Brexit complicates things now? I thought he had dual citizenship as well, but perhaps he gave up his British passport? I suppose you can do that? :dunno: Me, on the other hand, I'm thinking of looking into how I can claim British citizenship.

Brexit does complicate things now. They are still negotiating I believe, but for how it is now: if your reason would be to be able to travel to Europe more easily, then I am afraid a British passport doesn’t have any advantage over your American passport. With both passports you are allowed to be on a tourist VISA for 90 days. Any extended period you would have to apply for a VISA (work, Schengen or otherwise). Before Brexit, this wasn’t necessary for UK passports, it however is now.

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1 hour ago, dcdeb said:

I'm not sure where Mika's siblings live anymore - but I think they were staying in Paris while their mother was so ill. They may have gone back to their respective homes by now, don't you think, if they have jobs or other relationships?

That's most likely, Yasmine is living in New York, his father in Dubai, they probably only gathered together in Paris while Joannie was sick.

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