Leonid Agutin: �I had no desire to drag her to bed�

On April 16, the first complete biography of Leonid Agutin, the famous singer and musician Leonid Agutin, was published by the BOMBORA publishing house. Authorized Biography, written by his mother. The book includes stories from the hospital, school, army, and from the scene, as well as the love story of Agutin and Angelica Varum.

In honor of the birthday of Angelica Varum, we decided to publish an excerpt from the book, which is dedicated to the acquaintance and development of relations of the strongest and most romantic couple of Russian show business, Angelica Varum and Leonid Agutin.

Angelica Varum and Leonid Agutin
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About the first acquaintance of a star couple

"Angelica first saw Lenya at a competition in Yalta in 1992, when he stepped on the stage in his shirt and unbuttoned and barefoot (such a trick had not yet been seen) with her" barefoot boy ", and said to herself that it was great, and most importantly, absolutely New and unusual: �Everyone was so smart, but he was half-dressed and behaved on the stage absolutely free and natural.Sometimes it seemed that this performance was a street boy, and we, the audience, along with a strict jury - that same huge crowd of passers-by, throwing colored coins to his bare feet, dancing a rhythm of a tarantella which is unusual for our perception.

And I also thought that Leonid Agutin is a revolutionary phenomenon on our stage, and it will be hard for him. I wanted to feel sorry for him and protect him as a woman, because it is very difficult to make a revolution in show business ... �

Lenya saw Angelica even earlier at the assembly concert at Luzhniki. Something caught him and got stuck in the subconscious: �Then we often happened to be completely by chance,� the son said in an interview. - It seems that we were pushed to each other, and we resisted. Aesthetically, I really liked her, but I didn�t have a desire to start harassing and dragging this woman into bed this minute. �

Angelica appeared at the presentation of Leonid Agutin�s first solo album, �The Barefoot Boy�. Seeing her, Lenya decided to give his CD. Signing: �Gentle creation from Leni Agutin�, he passed the album through the rows of the auditorium.This CD was the first gift to Angelica, who, when she returned home, listened to the whole from beginning to end and thought: �It's great!�

Nothing but flirting

Their relationship of that time was pioneering. But after all, something was born, wandered ?! Why not joke. Lenya joked somehow in a conversation with Yuri Varum (or maybe he was testing the ground?):

�Can you imagine if Angelica and I get married and suddenly married?�

�It�s so stupid, I don�t even want to talk about it,� answered Yura (Angelika Varum�s father, manager and songwriter. - Ed.).

And both laughed ... What was Yurino's surprise when after the regular tour Lenya came to his house with a business proposal to make a duet song.

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�To sing something together was somehow discussed with Angelica before, and she did not mind. But she managed to forget about this conversation. And then suddenly Agutin himself came to visit them ...

Angelica loves to remember this episode.

- �We have Lenya Agutin,� - my father met me at the door.

- What happened?

Helping me undress, dad said quietly:

- Come in, there is something to discuss ...

I was intrigued, I didn�t know what to think.Lingering a bit at the mirror, entered the living room.

On the served table there was a crystal vase with a huge bouquet of flowers and the already half-full bottle of Hennessy cognac (here the tastes of the men coincided). They vividly discussed the project of our duet.

Dad was still trying to resist weakly:

- Why is it necessary - any vulgar conversations will begin ...

But Lenya knew how to convince, and even such a conservative like my dad gave up. We stopped at the �Queen�, and now the three of us worked out the script for the future clip.

I liked everything so much: the song itself, the stage scenes, and the situation in which the project was discussed, when, after the midnight of Lyonya left and the door closed behind him, I exclaimed with delight:

- Yes !!! All!!!"

Shocking news

�You, I heard, are you going to Peter? - turned to me Lenya. - And the day before I have a performance in the same club. Nothing if I linger? I want to see your concert. Won't you mind? �

He is still asking, I thought. But she answered calmly. In general, graciously allowed.

In St. Petersburg, I was met by Misha Orlov, the organizer of our joint concerts. On the way, we discussed the nuances of my solo album, and, already rising in the elevator of the hotel, he suddenly says:

- Yes, I remembered, Lenya asked me to tell you that I could not linger - he immediately flew to Moscow to see his wife.

It was a bolt from the blue! .. I felt dizzy and dark in my eyes. From weakness, my legs trembled and gave way, and if it were not for the wall of the elevator, along which I began to slowly crawl to the floor, I would have fallen ... Her lips parched in a flash, she murmured:

- And what, Lyonya is married? I did not know that!..

- He has a daughter ... - it came to me. �She seems to have fallen ill, so this rush.�

Daughter and wife, about which no one knew

�In 1995, when Lena was already 27 years old, at one of the concerts he met the ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theater Masha Vorobyova, who came with other fans of Leni backstage to get an autograph. I do not think that I should discuss the details of the development of these relations and condemn them. Especially since I did not know anything about them ... It happens in life - a passing acquaintance and ... pregnancy, which only a woman knows about ...

I don�t know where the name �yellow press� came from, but similarly there is a �yellow word of mouth�. I was informed that a certain woman was pregnant by Leni and in two or three months was going to give birth ... I thought - another duck ...

But a child was born! .. Lyonya became a father! ..However, he himself told me about this only after a few months, inviting Polina to the bride�s so-called young children. Indeed, in the crib lay a wonderful creature, beginning already to roar, babble something and react to others. Lenya could not take his eyes off her.

But I noticed something else: there was no joy and that feeling called love in the relationship of the parents. Gave out views, gestures ... It hurt my heart. It was clear that this marriage will not take place. And so it happened ...

But Lenya not only recognized the child as his own, but also fell in love with her daughter. This was the basis of relationships and a manifestation of concern for the young mother - the woman who gave him a child, albeit unexpectedly. Lenya bought them an apartment, made a renovation there. Now he was where to periodically go and see in the intervals between the tours. He filled up the apartment with gifts - overseas toys and clothes for the baby. The son provided them with material support.

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All this has remained a mystery. We didn't tell anyone anything. The press was silent too ...

But one day, in the next interview, Lenya himself and pierced. To the question of the journalist that he loves the most, he unexpectedly answered:

- Daughter!

Everyone took this statement as a joke, but did not calm down and began their investigation. With the consent of Leni, a large article appeared in the newspaper, where they told this story in detail.

To the question why he is hiding his daughter from everyone, the son answered:

- Because we, public people, and so all life in sight. A person must have something of his own! But most importantly, I would like to protect my daughter from unkind looks. She is still small, does not understand anything, and a powerful energy stream of my admirers or �scoldings� is already beginning to go to her. I, an adult, do not always feel comfortable. And the baby why all this? That is why silent. But direct questions must be answered directly and honestly. To dodge and lie to you is to renounce a child whom I love very much.

Angelica's heart is broken

�Up to this point I did not realize that something was happening between us. Probably there was mutual sympathy. But then I realized that this sympathy could all end without starting, and that there would be nothing ... So I have never been so bad ... I do not remember how the solo album worked ...

In the summer, we met at a competition in Almaty, I sang and went backstage.And Lyonka walked onto the stage, naturally, in the mood of excitement of the upcoming issue, I don�t remember, �Barefoot� or �Black�. We exchanged a few words like �How are you?� - �Normal.� And already disengaging the fingers of outstretched hands, Lenya said:

- Well, come in the evening on the hayloft. (Is he the married man inviting me to the hayloft ?!)

- Ok, - I answer, - I will come, only with the blacksmith.

And at the very lump in the throat.

Immediately went to the hotel, which was located next to the concert venue. Locked in the room. And here I was hysterical. I heard Lenin music, his voice ... and cried sobbing. What I share now, did not tell anyone. Even Lenya does not know about it ... "

Jobs the role of Cupid. First kiss

Everything fell into place in the project of the New Year program �Old songs about the main thing-98 ″. Lenya proposed to Konstantin Ernst to make a clip-fragment from �Seventeen Moments of Spring�: a secret meeting between Stierlitz and his wife in the cafe Elefant. The role of the wife offered to play me. A sound background was supposed to be legendary, like the film itself, �A Song about a Distant Motherland� in Lenin performance. Ernst endorsed this idea with delight: �There will be a super project! ..�

Even without knowing all the nuances of the script, I agreed.

Already at the very beginning of the episode, when, accompanied by Nikolai Fomenko (our intelligence officer), I enter the cafe, sit down half a turn to the table and, raising my eyes, I suddenly see the eyes of my husband (Colonel Isaev), my head really started to spin and goosebumps ran , which corresponded to the role, but what is not recorded in any scenario ...

However, when the director demanded to bare his back, which means to strip to the waist, I was shocked. Probably, if we were neutral in our feelings, there would have been no shock. To play the role of Stirlitz's wife - the whole business ... But Stirlitz is Agutin! .. Lyonka! .. How to be? ..

They put pressure on me:

- Let's shoot! ..

I do not know what Lenya felt, but he got into his role quickly and even with some kind of courage. It is understandable, because he has been in this role since when such an idea occurred to him ... And the whole mise en scene was probably invented by him ...

- I say Stirlitz: "Laziness, close your eyes ..."

He squinted slyly and, as required by the script, turned away ...

- I undress, chest covered with a cloth, which, however, could not resist. I leaned against his back and ... everything ... From that moment on, we no longer thought of anything - neither I nor he ...

Here, on the set, the first time we kissed.And left her after each double, holding hands.