Pavarotti’s widow slams ‘unseemly’ Italian media gossip

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
In an interview on Italy’s RAI state TV, Mantovani said that she never imagined she and her late husband would be so publicly insulted.

The 37-year-old said she felt compelled to appear on television to set the record straight for the sake of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Alice, and promised she wouldn’t do so again.

She defended herself and Pavarotti against a series of Italian media reports alleging that the tenor had left her 26 million dollars in debt, that she was fighting with his daughters from his first marriage over his will and that their marriage had been on the rocks before he died.

“I’m here and can defend myself. But Luciano can’t, and Alice is a four-year-old child. I owe it to the two people closest to me,” she added, in her first interview since his death last month,” BBC quoted her, as saying.

Pavarotti, who died aged 71, left half of his estate to Mantovani, his former personal assistant, and half to his four daughters.

She said she wanted to leave her daughter with solid evidence that she had defended herself and Pavarotti from the gossip.

“Luciano was someone who took care of everything in every sense… meaning he left enough for everyone. Between me and his daughters, there is no disagreement. The press and television that is trying to incriminate that relationship is truly unseemly,” she said.

Mantovani also confirmed media reports that she has multiple sclerosis, saying that while she had kept the condition private for 13 years, she did not want it to appear that she was ashamed of it.

Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, northern Italy, having being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006. (ANI)

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