Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing

Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing

Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing

Left to right: Laeticia Hallyday, Laura Smet and David Hallyday at a funeral service for Johnny Hallyday in Paris in December.

Actress Laura Smet laid bare the tensions inside France's first family of showbiz, revealing that she had always been forced to call and meet her father in secret.

The singer, who was hugely popular in his native France, died in December aged 74 from lung cancer.

His two other children, Laura Smet, 34, and her half-brother David Hallyday, 51, are understood to be contesting the will.

Instead all of Hallyday's wealth and the rights to the 110 million records he sold will eventually go to Jade and Joy, the girls he adopted in Vietnam with Laeticia.

Under French law, a wife does not automatically inherit all of her husband's estate, and generally must share it with his children.

In the heart-rending letter Smet, whose mother is the actress Nathalie Baye, said her father comes to her in her dreams every night. "You are handsome, with no tattoos, you are finally free".

The rocker married Laeticia in 1996. "I would have preferred all this to stay with the family", she added.

"I am proud to be your daughter".

Her lawyers say the will - which uses law from California, where the singer spent time - is contradicted by French law.

Smet's lawyer said she had been left without even a "souvenir, one of his guitars or motorbikes, not even the sleeve of the song Laura", which her father had dedicated to her.

Hallyday, who was born in Paris, shot to fame in in the 1960s, when he was credited with bringing Rock "n" Roll to France.

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