Carla Bruni: 'You Can Build a Powerful Bond' Through Adoption

03/08/2009 at 09:00 AM ET

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Calling adoption “perhaps the purest form of motherhood,” France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says she’ll pursue parenthood with husband Nicolas Sarkozy any way she can. “I would like [to have a biological child], but I don’t know if at my age it would be possible,” she explains to Le Figaro magazine. “If it’s not biologically possible, I’ll adopt one.” Noting that “you can build a powerful bond” without “blood ties” — something Carla says she’s “not obsessed” with — the 41-year-old supermodel-turned-pop singer is keeping her options open, and her efforts in perspective.

“So I’d love to have a child, but I’m not going to fight against nature, and at the same time, as I already have one, and my husband has three, you can’t really say we have a need of children.”

Carla is already mom to Aurélien Enthoven, her 7-year-old son from a previous relationship; Nicolas, 54, has three children and two step-children from previous marriages.

Source: Le Figaro via Telegraph

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mazzie on

i totally respect carla – i think she’s really beautiful and elegant. But i have to admit, i hate it when people talk about children as possessions to be acquired. the blase, ‘oh i’ll just adopt ONE if it doesn’t happen any other way’ gets my back, especially followed with ‘i already have one, my husband has three – so we don’t NEED anymore’ – it just makes me cringe a little. sorry x

Christine M on

Mazzie I totally agree. To say ‘we don’t really have a need of children’ seems badly worded to me. I’m sure she meant it in a joke kind of way but it still kinda annoyed me

mimi on

I thought her wording sounded a bit awkward as well, but I think we need to remember that English is not her first language. Infact, I believe her original interview was done in French, do maybe something got lost in translation.

Nora on

Mazzie, I think you misunderstood Carla Bruni’s statements. She seems to want a child in her new marriage for their bond, and sees adoption as a valid option as she is over 40 and may not conceive one naturally. She also seems to view the bond with an adopted child just as strong as the one with a biological child. I don’t see what’s wrong with saying we might consider having a biological/adopted child but haven’t decided yet since there are already 6 children in the picture from previous marriages.

daze on

if you read the interview in french it doesn’t sound like she wants to possess or acquire a kid. to me the “need” part sound more like an emotionnal need, something which would bring hapiness . you know, like a desire to be mom again not having a kid just for the idea of it. she explains in fact that since she has 1 kid and her husband 3 they are already blessed so adding one would make them happy but they will not seek it by all way. i don’t know if i make sense.

And i don’t know if Nicolas Sarkozy is still in contact with his two step daughters. i hope for him since he has always talk about them like his own and he’s now trying to give legal rights to step parents in france.

daze on

i forget to add that carla bruni was raised by a man she thought to be her biogical father until she was like 16 years-old and when she learnt it was not the case she apparently said she already felt it but it was no big deal. she’s still talking about him like her father so it seems valid when she says that the bond with a bio kid or adopted one is the same.

Solène on

You could have been right, mimi, but she said the exact same thing in French. Anyway, I think she didn’t mean it to be taken that way.

eternalcanadian on

She is right, doesn’t matter biological or adoption, the bond between parent and child is indeed powerful!

Alex on

Personally, I think Carla probably meant well with everything she said, but I think the comments did come off a tad uneasy, perhaps a little blasé about the process of adoption.

Moore on

I don’t see anything wrong with her comments.

elle on

she’s so pretty! ugh.

Jenise on

I agree that I believe something might have been lost in translation. I don’t think she meant to have her children sound like possessions.

CelebBabyLover on

What’s wrong with Carla saying she’ll consider adoptiong a child?

Lilybett on

As a child of parents who have had multiple marriages, I find it interesting that Sarkozy is still refered to as having stepchildren from a previous marriage. Is there a standard for that kind of thing yet – or is it more a statement about the relationship between the (ex)stepfather and the children. I have had several sets of step siblings in my life. I’m not very close with my newest stepsisters but was quite close with stepsiblings from two marriages ago. Are they still stepsiblings even though the marriage connection no longer exists? Just curious if anyone else deals with that kind of thing.

ame i. on

I gave birth to two daughters, and probably would have had more children if my late-husband hadn’t died, or if I’d met and married my current husband sooner.
I have no doubts whatsoever that parents of adopted children form a very strong bond with that child(ren) and love them very much. I do take issue with the “adoption is perhaps the purest form of motherhood” comment. Not to belittle an adoptive parent, but in my mind “the purest form of motherhood” means having the joy of feeling and watching my daughters roll around in my tummy. “Pure” was the joy and the remebrance of waiting to hear the cry of my first after an emergency c-section. “Pure” was the terror I felt watching my second (VBAC birth) going from blue to pink and gasping for breath. “Pure” was the calm that came over me when the i.v. was removed from her head and she was released from NICU.
Adoption is a noble thing to do. For me personally, having “a” child through adoption is just not the same as having MY child.

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