Johnny Hallyday’s Children Contest his Will after he left them Nothing

Two children of French rock star Johnny Hallyday are contesting his will after he left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia and their adopted daughters.

Hallyday’s daughter, actress Laura Smet said she was “stupefied and hurt” after learning that nothing was left for her in her father’s estate.

The singer, who was hugely popular in his native France, died in December aged 74 from lung cancer.

Ms Smet, 34, said she was shocked to be left without even a souvenir in her father’s will, “not even the sleeve of the song Laura”, which her father had dedicated to her, BBC writes.

Hallyday’s children, Laura and David. Image: BBC

Her lawyers posit that the will, drafted in California, contravenes French laws that prevent children being disinherited.

Smet’s half-brother, David Hallyday, has joined her in contesting the will.

Hallyday married Laeticia in 1996, and they later adopted two Vietnamese-born daughters, Jade and Joy.

According to the statement, the will stipulates that in the event of Laeticia dying, then the estate goes to the adopted children only.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet, Hallyday, who took his stage name from an American relative and mentor, Lee Hallyday, was often referred to as “the French Elvis”, even if he never broke into the English-speaking market.

The rocker sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films, and hundreds of thousands of people came out to pay tribute to him during his funeral in December.


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