Vanessa Paradis cancels Tel Aviv show

French singer's management says she has to be in US on concert date for important meeting; others speculate Paradis under political pressure.

January 16, 2011 13:58
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French chanteuse Vanessa Paradis has cancelled her scheduled February 10 show at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

According to promoter David Stern’s public relations representative Daniel Cohen, Paradis’s management notified Stern that the singer and actress had to be in the United States on the concert’s date for an important event regarding her film career, forcing her to cancel the show.
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“We’re all in shock,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, adding that Stern was waiting to receive an official letter from Paradis regarding the cancellation.

Other sources close to the production speculated that another reason for cancellation may be political pressure on Paradis not to appear in Israel, but there was no confirmation of that theory.

The 37-year-old singer and actress, and significant other of Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, has released 10 albums in her native France and broke out with an international hit in 1987 at age 14 with “Joe Le Taxi.”

In addition to a successful modeling career, Paradis has also enjoyed a thriving film career, appearing in over 10 films, most recently starring in Heartbreaker. Paradis had been expected to arrive in Israel with Depp - her partner of 12 years - and their two children.

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