Carla Bruni Meets Ellen


– OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS,
OUR NEXT GUEST WENT FROM THE COVER OF “VOGUE”
AS AN INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODEL TO THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
IN FRANCE AS THE FIRST LADY. TAKE A LOOK. – [singing in French] – FOR OVER 20 YEARS,
CARLA BRUNI, THE FORMER
FIRST LADY OF FRANCE, HAS BEEN KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN
IN THE WORLD. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER AS ONE OF THE TOP SUPERMODELS
IN FASHION AND SOON BECAME HEADLINE NEWS WITH HIGH-PROFILE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MICK JAGGER
AND ERIC CLAPTON. AT THE AGE OF 30,
SHE TRANSITIONED TO MUSIC AND BECAME A CRITICALLY-
ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER. – [singing]
TRY FOR A LITTLE FRENCH SONG – IN 2008, SHE MARRIED
THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE, NICOLAS SARKOZY, AND INSTANTLY BECAME ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH
FIRST LADIES IN HISTORY. – [singing in French] – AFTER SAYING GOOD-BYE
TO THE PALACE TWO YEARS AGO, SHE’S RETURNED TO HER MUSIC AND IS NOW TOURING UNITED STATES
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SUPPORT OF HER LATEST CD,
“LITTLE FRENCH SONGS.” – [singing in French] – PLEASE WELCOME CARLA BRUNI. BONJOUR.
– BONJOUR, ELLEN. – THAT’S ALL I KNOW. – BUT YOU KNOW WELL. BONJOUR.
– BONJOUR. – BONJOUR. – AND THAT’S ALL I’LL SAY. ‘CAUSE I–
I’M SO BAD AT ACCENTS, I COULDN’T EVEN TRY IT
IF YOU TAUGHT ME A SENTENCE, I COULDN’T SPEAK FRENCH. DO YOU SPEAK ONLY FRENCH
AND ENGLISH, OR DO YOU SPEAK OTHER LANGUAGES? – I WAS BORN ITALIAN.
– OH. – I BECAME FRENCH ONLY WHEN
I GOT MARRIED AT 40 YEARS OLD. SO I SPEAK ITALIAN, YEAH. – YOU BECAME FRENCH
WHEN YOU GOT MARRIED? – YES.
– THAT’S HOW IT WORKS? – OH.
[laughter] SEE, NO, THE THING IS THAT
PROBABLY IF YOU HAD ANOTHER JOB, YOU KNOW, MY MAN, MAYBE
I WOULD HAVE REMAINED ITALIAN. BUT SINCE HE WAS
THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE, THEN I THOUGHT IT WAS POLITE,
YOU KNOW? – TO BECOME FRENCH?
– YEAH. [laughter]
– THAT WAS POLITE OF YOU. – HALF FRENCH, HALF ITALIAN, BECAUSE I KEPT MY–
BOTH PASSPORTS. – BUT YOU SOUND MORE FRENCH. DID YOU HAVE A THICK
ITALIAN ACCENT BEFORE? – NO, BUT YOU THINK
I HAVE A FRENCH VOICE? – YES, I DO. – OH, BECAUSE I HAVE
ITALIAN VOICE. – REALLY?
– YEAH. – THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH I KNOW. [laughter] I NEVER GET OUT OF THIS PLACE. IT’S LIKE A CASINO FOR ME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS. [laughter]
I DON’T KNOW… WHAT DAY IT IS. SO WHAT A LIFE YOU’VE HAD. SO YOU WERE A MODEL,
A SUPERMODEL, AND THEN YOU BECAME A MUSICIAN AND STARTED–AND THEN YOU MEET THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE,
NICOLAS SARKOZY, AND– HOW DID YOU MEET THE PRESIDENT? WERE YOU JUST AT A PARTY? – BLIND DATE.
– NO. WELL, IT CAN’T BE BLIND. YOU KNEW WHO HE WAS, RIGHT? YEAH. I KNEW WHO HE WAS. HE JUST GOT DIVORCED, WHICH IS VERY STRANGE
FOR A PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, SO THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS LIKE– [gasps] HUH?
– YEAH. – AND THEN–AND THEN
WE HAVE A COMMON FRIEND, AND I WAS SINGLE FOR LIKE A YEAR
WITH MY LITTLE BOY. AND SO THEY SAID, “WOULD YOU
LIKE TO COME FOR DINNER AND WE INVITE NICOLAS SARKOZY?” AND I SAID, “YEAH.” I MEAN…
both: WHY NOT? – AND THEN WE MET AT THE
DINNER AND WE LEFT TOGETHER, AND IT WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW? – WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? – YEAH.
– YEAH. – FOR BOTH OF YOU? – IT EXIST–YEAH, IT EXISTS. SO–YES, I BELIEVE IT. I’M–HAPPENED FOR ME. SO–
SO AND THEN HOW LONG AFTER– HOW LONG DID YOU DATE
BEFORE YOU GOT MARRIED? – WE DIDN’T DATE FOR LONG. UH…TWO MONTHS? THAT’S NOT LONG.
– YEAH, THAT’S NOT LONG. YEAH.
YEAH. WE MET ON THE 13 OF NOVEMBER, AND WE GOT MARRIED
ON THE 2ND OF FEBRUARY. – WOW. AND YOU’VE BEEN TOGETHER
HOW LONG NOW? – 7 1/2 YEARS.
– 7 1/2 YEARS. THAT’S FANTASTIC. SO WHAT’S IT LIKE TO ALL
THE SUDDEN BE THE FIRST LADY? LIKE, THAT’S–
THERE’S RESPONSIBILITIES. – SCARY, YEAH.
– YEAH. – I GOT REALLY SCARED, AND I TRIED TO CONCENTRATE SO I DON’T MAKE MISTAKES,
YOU KNOW? – LIKE, DID YOU HAVE TO
LEARN CERTAIN ETIQUETTE THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW? – THEY SHOW YOU THE WAY
VERY MUCH. YOU KNOW, THERE’S, LIKE,
PROTOCOL PEOPLE THAT TELLS YOU “GO THERE,
AND THEN GO HERE AND”– I DID IT WRONG AT THE BEGINNING. YOU KNOW, I WAS ALWAYS
ON THE WRONG SIDE. – OH, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO– YOU HAVE TO BE BY THE FLAG
BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, AND SAY HELLO TO PEOPLE, SO THAT’S VERY EASY
TO BE KIND, YOU KNOW? BUT SOMETIMES I WOULD GO THE
WRONG DIRECTION, YOU KNOW? AND I DIDN’T KNOW–YOU ALWAYS
HAVE TO STAND BY YOUR MAN WHILE HE’S GIVING SPEECHES, AND THAT’S SO WEIRD
AS IF HE WAS STANDING NEXT TO ME WHILE I’M SINGING, RIGHT? OR IF YOUR GIRL WAS STANDING
THERE WHILE YOU’RE–YOU KNOW? SO YOU HAVE TO STAND–
BECAUSE IT’S A POSITION WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE
NEXT TO HIM. YES. – IN A VERY REPRESENTIVE WAY. YOU DON’T HAVE MUCH TO DO. – YEAH, BUT DID YOU FEEL LIKE–
BECAUSE YOU STOPPED SINGING. YOU WERE–YOU HAD A CAREER. AND WAS IT–WAS IT HARD
FOR YOU TO GIVE UP YOUR CAREER? – WELL, I KEPT SINGING
ALL NIGHT. POOR HUSBAND, EH? THAT JOB IN THE DAY AND THEN
ME SINGING AT NIGHT. UM, NO, I NEVER REALLY
STOPPED SINGING, YOU KNOW? I RELEASED AN ALBUM. I STOPPED TOURING
WHICH WAS EMBARRASSING. I COULDN’T BE TOURING. WITH THE SECURITY,
YOU KNOW, AND– – YEAH.
– IMPOSSIBLE. – YEAH, THAT’S KIND OF HARD.
– AND SO I STOPPED TOURING. BUT I WAS NEVER TOURING
SO MUCH BEFORE. YOU KNOW, I STARTED
BEING A SONGWRITER QUITE LATE. AND SO I STOPPED TOURING, BUT
I COULD PLAY MY MUSIC AS MUCH– ANYWAY, I PLAY MY MUSIC
AT NIGHT. YOU KNOW,
SO I WRITE IT AT NIGHT– – SO YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO STOP.
– NO. – AND NOW I HEAR THERE’S A RUMOR THAT HE MAY
RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN. IS THAT A GOOD THING? DO YOU WANT TO GO BACK
TO BEING FIRST LADY? DO YOU WANT HIM
TO BE PRESIDENT AGAIN? – NO, I WANT HIM TO BE HAPPY. AND I CARE ABOUT MY COUNTRY. BUT I WISH–NO. IF–LIKE, AS A WOMAN, YOU KNOW,
I WISH HE WASN’T GOING BACK. AS A FRENCH CITIZEN… – YEAH.
– [laughs] – YOU WISH HE WAS GOING BACK? – HMM… YEAH, I–I WISH HE– HE NEVER STOPS ME
DOING ANYTHING I LIKE. HE’S SUPPORTING ME ALL THE TIME,
WHATEVER I DO, YOU KNOW? HOW STRANGE, YOU KNOW,
FOR A MAN TO BE WITH AN ARTIST, FOR SOMEONE
THAT HAS SUCH A POLITICAL CAREER TO BE WITH SOMEONE SO, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE STRANGE
LIKE ARTISTS CAN BE. AND HE NEVER MINDS. HE NEVER COMMENTS ANYTHING. HE JUST ENCOURAGES ME. SO I DON’T SEE MYSELF SAYING,
“DON’T DO IT.” YOU KNOW,
IF HE WAS TRYING TO DO IT. – IT WAS AMAZING,
BECAUSE DURING REHEARSAL, CARLA WAS OUT HERE REHEARSING, AND HE’S IN THE AUDIENCE
WATCHING YOU REHEARSE. AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS SO COOL. I MEAN, WE’VE HAD–
THAT’S JUST– – HE’S SO COOL.
– YEAH, HE’S A COOL GUY. – OH, YEAH.
– HE’S A REALLY COOL GUY. – SO COOL.
– AND I HEAR– AND YOU’RE GONNA
PERFORM WHEN WE COME BACK, BUT I HEAR THAT YOU HAVE MAJOR
STAGE FRIGHT BEFORE YOU PERFORM. DO YOU HAVE–ARE YOU–RIGHT
NOW, ARE YOU–DO YOU HAVE– – EVEN BEFORE–EVEN JUST
LIKE HERE, I HAD STAGE FRIGHT. IT’S JUST COMING IN FRONT
OF THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND TALKING TO YOU. – ARE YOU RELAXED NOW?
– EVERYBODY DANCING. – ARE YOU RELAXED NOW? – YEAH, WELL–
[laughter] SO RELAXED. – I CAN’T IMAGINE, LIKE,
TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT EVERY TIME BEFORE YOU SING
THAT YOU HAVE MAJOR– YOU DIDN’T SEEM LIKE IT
IN REHEARSAL. – NO, I KNOW
IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THAT, BUT IT’S LIKE THAT INSIDE. BUT I–I LIKE IT. PROBABLY I LIKE IT,
BECAUSE I KEEP PUTTING MYSELF IN THIS POSITION,
SO I MUST LIKE IT. I MUST LIKE IT. – YOU MUST LIKE IT.
– YEAH. – ALL RIGHT.
– SUBCONSCIOUSLY. – WELL, YOU’RE ABOUT TO ENJOY
THE HELL OUT OF IT IN A MINUTE, BECAUSE YOU’RE GONNA–
[laughter] WE’RE GONNA WATCH CARLA GET
REALLY SCARED INSIDE AFTER THIS. [cheers and applause]

100 Replies to “Carla Bruni Meets Ellen”

  1. Ellen continuely made improper tacky " jokes" , this interview became a farce…If Craig Ferguson chats with Carla, it would be sparkles everywhere

  2. Carla and her sister Valeria were bilingual .Cos they grew up in Turin…Like Yanks born in China Vista or Imperial Beach..They speak Mexican.

  3. When I saw her doing fashion 25 years ago I said this is one of the most beautiful women in the world. She comes over as very nice. She is also very intelligent, and modest.

  4. Completely shallow this woman… she became french in her 40s lol
    She is putting so much effort to sound french even when speaking english…and she is italian, fully italian… lol characters

  5. What a classy, lovely, talented and intelligent woman. Ellen, don't be afraid to have other off-the-beaten-path guests such as this. Such a breath of fresh air…

  6. Elle se prend pour une chanteuse de premier rang alors qu'elle n'en ai rien…grâce au voleur de l'argent des lybeens qu'elle a une certaine notorièté…

  7. she is bellissima !!!…. she doesn't sound french at all…. it is a very soft Italian accent …. in fact she sounds like Sofia Loren….

  8. People here who think she has a French accent, she doesn’t, people from northern Italy typically have this accent. Quite ignorant to think all Italians talk like something from mario kart.

  9. Shouldn't the journlaist be the less important subject here? I mean the tirle is reversed, they are making Ellen important instead of Carla. ERROR! The title should be Ellen meets Carla Bruni … cme on!

  10. She talks well and smart…the way she answers the question about whether to support her husband to run again is just brilliant and right on the spot. Watched her earlier interviews when she was in her 20s, she was smart back then. I like her.

  11. American ignorance and rudeness at their peak.
    The interviewer didn't even know she was born Italian (and she's still in part cause she have both passports) and just became french a few years ago because she married the French president…

  12. Carla Bruni is really of the most intelligent and wittiest supermodels out there. Super talented too, love her french songs. Hey EllenShow, how come Marion Cotillard still hasn’t appeared on the show???!! She’s one of the best actresses of this era, if not the best out there, on par with Cate Blanchett! Please guest Marion Cotillard. Gotta have some classy guests too, the french have a lot of awesome public figures.

  13. Video seems like it’s from the 90s/00s before the culture destroying Kardashian era. Just classy and pure.

  14. I love how she referred to her husband the President of France as her “man”. That was so endearing.

    She has lived 100 lives, makes me feel like I haven’t achieved much.

  15. Ah! In 7 short minutes you can see clearly what the word "sophisticated" actually means. The contrast with Ellen whatshername is painful to watch.

  16. OK!!!  I've read the comments below. People are generally supportive AND SHOULD BE!  So what is the BFD with ragging on Melania Trump?????  She is Certainly as beautiful and has I'm sure given up a lot for her husband to dragged through the dirt for three years!

  17. No, you don't have an Italian "voice" (accent) when speaking (English, in this case), Carla; you most definitely have a French one!!!

  18. Trump wife copying Carla or not?😒 Mongolian faces. A lot of operations and same mentality. And Carla is copying Pat Kaas…so, is not inough to have money. Personality is talento.

  19. The accent is a ridiculous task to discuss..also you Americans have got your accent when you are speaking Italian language or also your American language . If you are from Texas or new York is clear for all.

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  21. Ellen should have invited Valeria Tedechi Bruni her sister who she is a very good actress has lots of talent,smart,professional…Carla Bruni is fake,no personality ,hypocrit and no talent at all run after money and how to become rich and famous without doing any effort.

  22. I love Carla Bruni so much!
    As a French citizen, I can say she is my fav First Lady in the world, for real! Always, elegant, always chic… 🤗

  23. She is from Italy…
    But speaks with perfection France and English…
    She is beautiful, intelligent and a good singer. I love her

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