In his autobiography, Jean-Jacques Debout shares many anecdotes about the personalities he met throughout his career. Chantal Goya’s husband notably recounted a fight between … Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

This is no surprise to anyone: Jean-Jacques Debout and Johnny Hallyday have always been very close. To a point where Chantal Goya’s husband considered the French rock star his little brother. This relationship has also given many pages on Johnny Hallyday in the composer’s latest autobiography, entitled “The color of ghosts”, which was published this Wednesday, October 26, 2022, by Talents editions. And the least we can say is that reading this book is worth it, as Jean-Jacques Debout has decided to indulge without any jargon. As proof, the latter did not hesitate to completely lower Laeticia Hallyday, whom he never carried in his heart. He also returned to confusion with Michel Sardou or even Sylvie Vartan.

But the most incredible and shocking anecdote was logically about Johnny Hallyday. In his autobiography, Jean-Jacques Debout goes back to the early 1960s and has an alcoholic evening with the rock star and a certain… Jean-Paul Belmondo. Together to party in the New Jimmy’s establishment, the nightclub of Régine, the queen of Parisian nights who died last May. “Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Paul Belmondo argued and went straight out into the street to fight,” recalls Jean-Jacques Debout. An incredible sentence which logically deserved other explanations.

The incredible fight between Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Paul Belmondo

“Was it for a story of girls? I never understood the reason for this anger. Neither of them confided it to me. They were having a drink and suddenly got into a fight. With the music, I didn’t hear anything about what they blamed each other for. I followed them outside. In front of the entrance to the club, they exchanged punches. Belmondo was hitting hard! He was excited…“, he then recounted on this “fight which lasted a good quarter of an hour and at the end of which the two returned to a bad state”.

“Belmondo had scratched Johnny, whose cheeks were bleeding, with a half-black eye. Johnny had nevertheless hit well because Jean-Paul had his shirt torn off, describes the author. And the Taulier confided to him afterwards: “Do you realize, I get beat up by Belmondo while I admire him. I rush to the cinema for each of his films! It doesn’t give a damn…”. The rest of the story ? The two brawlers quickly buried the hatchet and even became lifelong buddies!


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