Moroccan humorist Jamel Debbouze has went through the same scenario, along with his wife journalist Mélissa Theuriau, when they chose a name for their two children. In a candid interview on Sunday, November 25 for the show “Sept à huit” on TF1, Debbouze addressed the topic when asked about the names of his two kids which sound more “French”.
The couple of 10 years named their boy, Léon, in 2008. A surname that the actor chose “out of love” for his wife whose grandfather was sick at the time . “He was in a bad situation by the time Leon arrived and it was natural,” he says.
Yet this name did not immediately resonate with the actor’s parents. ” It confused my mother at first: ‘You will call him Leon every day ?!’, he says imitating. “My father, he said to me: ‘Leon, is very beautiful! Personally, I will call him Ali ‘, “he continues with humor.
However, Jamel Debbouze does not deny his Moroccan roots at all. “A lot of people thought I was somehow betraying who I was,” says the actor who eventually chose Ali as a middle name for his eldest son.
Same goes for his daughter Lila (born in 2011) who has two other names: Fatima and Brigitte (the names of Jamel Debbouze and Mélissa Theuriau’s mothers). “It’s also a way of telling my children, be proud! You are diverse inside,” the comedian concludes.
.@DebbouzeJamel nous raconte comment il bâtit petit à petit une famille pas comme les autres.
En commençant par le début : le choix des prénoms de ses enfants…
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