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DIVINE FAMILY MAN
Il Divo powerhouse Sebastien Izambard has signed with an Australian agent in a bid to land a gig Down Under.
The French singer, who is part of the Simon Cowell super-creation that has sold more than 25 million records, wants to move his family here because he loves the lifestyle, weather, food and pleasant newspaper headlines.
His Melbourne-born wife, Renee Murphy (they met when she was his Australian record label publicist), and their four-year-old twins Luca and Rose and son Jude, who turns one this weekend, live in London.
Izambard, a mentor on Popstar to Operastar in Britain, says, ”Most of my work is in Europe but I’m hoping to get more work [in Australia] on TV or guest judging or something and then hopefully we can look at moving in the future.”
Family is a priority for the singer who sleeps little, flying immediately to wherever his young family is based. This weekend his youngest turns one in Canada, with a Teletubbies-themed birthday cake.
”I nearly lost Renee twice, in both her pregnancies,” Izambard says. ”When she was pregnant with the twins she was hospitalised at five months and nearly lost her life and then again she was hospitalised in the second pregnancy, and when my son was born he nearly lost his life. He is our miracle.
”His heart stopped beating, my son was dying in front of me – it was the worst thing as a partner. My heart stopped beating itself and I felt completely useless. I was thinking I’m going to collapse at that moment, [but I was] trying to be strong for him and for her and I just kept singing to Renee whose stomach was still open: ‘Smile, while your heart is aching’ – just to stop all the noises of the machines.
”I just kept singing as I was terrified Jude would be dead and then within five minutes he was breathing and the machine was going again, and I heard his little cry and my heart started beating again – I have never felt so close to someone ever. It has made us really strong.”