Antoine is no longer to be introduced to fans of 60’s music. If he had a great success in this field, it is especially thanks to his famous title “Les élucubrations”.
This song was immediately adored by the French and at every street corner, you could hear the lyrics. From then on, the life of this student of the Ecole Centrale took another turn.
He was even considered the rival of a great French rocker at the time. It is of course Johnny Hallyday. .
But if there was not so much conflict between the two singers, Jean-Marie Périer still wanted them to make things clear. So the photographer locked them in a room and only let them out if they “made up”. Result: the two musicians kept in touch.
He Decides to Change His Life
After more than a decade of success, Antoine decided in 1974, at the age of 30, to retire from the music business. He then decided to discover the world with the help of different boats. Thanks to this, he was able to discover places such as Australia and New Zealand.
The ex-singer also fell in love with Polynesia. What he likes the most in this French overseas territory, he said to France Dimanche, is “freedom”. During the same interview, Antoine also confessed that his love for travel was in him since his childhood.
The one who was born in Tamatave, Madagascar said that as a child, his family changed countries all the time. Therefore, Antoine tried not to get attached to his friends when he was a child because he knew that he would be separated from them later on.
Even though Antoine hasn’t been singing for a while, he continues to inspire his fans through his many trips to the ocean.
“Thank you for making me dream with your travels”, said one Internet user to him.
The singer confessed that he did not regret his career in the music world. If he had to do it again, according to him, he would do the same. However, even if he’s still dancing and singing on board his boat, he doesn’t miss going on stage at all.
“I have no nostalgia for show business, singing for a living does not tempt me anymore. I had good times, it was fun, I did my best for eight years, but because I knew, deep down, that after I was going to leave, “he said.
Note that Antoine has visited nearly “120 countries” in recent years. The singer confides that he is looking for places where one can be free.
Focus on His Private Life
Regarding his private life, Antoine is also a happy father in real life. The interpreter of “Bonjour salut” has, in fact, had three children with a woman “from whom life then separated”.
His offspring, as he revealed in the columns of France Dimanche, were all born in Tahiti. And if, Antoine has not always been a father present, he tried to make up for it when his children studied in the capital of France. From now on, the father and his three offspring have a very beautiful relationship.
For information, the eldest son of the singer is called Manea and “is a computer designer in a big video game company in Montreal”. The second is called Takea, and works as a biology engineer, according to his father’s revelations. He also made a specialization in Paris Dauphine.
Finally, Antoine’s youngest daughter is called Vaimiti and is very interested in cooking. She even took courses at the Paul Bocuse Institute. She also worked at the Bristol where she met love.
We don’t know if Antoine has finally become a grandpa, but in 2016, it seemed like he wasn’t ready to be one yet.
“And let’s just say my kids will have kids, but I won’t be a grandfather!” he said at the time.
On the other hand, Antoine has also found love again over the years. The girl of his heart is called Francette and she also travels with him from time to time, even though she is seasick.
His Revelations About His Retirement
On November 30, 2021, Antoine was a guest on the show “L’instant de Luxe”. During the interview, the singer agreed to talk about the amount of money he gets since he is retired. And unlike other artists, Antoine does not complain at all about the amount he earns each month.
“It’s 2,000 euros, give or take. And, it happens that I have the mutual insurance company Sacem which doubles, about, that. That’s it. So I don’t have to cry. It’s a very nice retirement and that’s what I wish for many people to have a nice retirement,” he said.
Continuing, the companion of Francette still specified that the Sacem, which is an organization paying royalties to artists, does not offer him everything at 2000 euros, but about “1 300 or 1 400” euros. Thus, Antoine receives less than 4000 euros while being retired.
Afterwards, Antoine went back to the time when he was advertising for Atol. He revealed that at that time, he earned nearly 10,000 euros per month, “but not more”. This lasted for 12 years, according to him.