On July 8, 2017 Sheila discovered the unthinkable: the death of her only son Ludovic Chancel at the age of 42. An overdose took her child away, how to survive such a tragedy? In the pages of the magazine Galathe singer promoting her compilation Best of 60th birthday and is on tour agrees to address this painful topic. Born on April 7, 1975, it is the fruit of her relationship with the singer Ringo (real name Guy Bayle) with whom she married on February 13, 1973. With frankness and modesty, she returns to the child she was and her ability to overcome the tragedy, learning to live with it.
To those who might have been surprised to learn that Sheila sang a month after her son’s sudden disappearance, the singer explains it very simply: “He held me back.“Which doesn’t mean she’s recovered, on the contrary, but the music has certainly eased her immense pain. The 77-year-old artist clearly proclaims her mood after the tragedy:”I can’t get over itHe also made an important decision:For the first time in my life, I saw a shrink. It was nice to talk, even if it doesn’t solve anything. I know that Ludo is sitting next to me and that he listens if I don’t say something stupid.“
My son made his choices, he lived his life
Ludovic is always with her. He will say that it was “a heart on the legs“, a”love for children“. According to the interpreter of school finished, it was”rolled in flour“because he was too kind and fell on the wrong people. Adding to his bad associations are the drugs and his vortex from which he could not get out. As a mother, Sheila obviously suffered from enormous guilt, but a doctor. offered another view of the situation: “He explained that there was nothing I could do. That I had done my job raising it to the age of 20 and that I was no longer responsible for his actions, his associations. My son made his choices, lived his life. Mine is to live with all this, even if it is unbearable.“
Sheila has to go on living, trying to understand why she left “a lovely guy who plays guitar like Thomas Dutronc“Singing on stage allows her to transcend the pain, she who has dedicated a song, horse abreaston his record Come from elsewhere. Her dear son, who has long been in a relationship with controversial Sylvie Ortega Munos, leaves behind a daughter, Tara Rose, born in 2001.
Find the complete interview in the magazine Gala from 6 October 2022