World renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who has sold more than 70 million albumns worldwide, in an interview with Bryony Gordon of the Telegraph Group, told her that religion has “first place in my life. I do not think anyone can ever do anything without the help and will of God”.
Speaking in pidgin English,via a translator, he stated: “I am a very passionate man,” and “I do haf a verry beeg reeespect for sex.”
He is passionately pro-life, and last year filmed a video expressing his views which, when posted on the web, was hailed by anti-abortion campaigners as “one of the most beautiful, authentic things ever seen”.
In it, Bocelli sits at a piano and tells the camera that he wants to recount a “little story” about a young pregnant woman who is admitted to hospital with a misdiagnosed case of appendicitis. After tests, “the doctors advised her to abort the child. They told her that would be the best solution because the child would doubtless be born with some kind of disability. But the courageous young wife decided not to terminate the pregnancy, and the child was born. The woman was my mother, I was the child”.
Bocelli was born with sight problems and was eventually diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. At the age of 12, he went completely blind after an accident during a football game….
His views on abortion are well rehearsed, and he has heard about British MP Nadine Dorries and her recent attempt to strip termination clinics of their conselling roles. He interrupts the translator as she relays my question and says very firmly, which I repeat in full here: “You ask me before of my point of view about religion, and I told you I am very religious. It means that before I fight against something, I try to fight in favour of something.
“It is not Christian to go against someone. I am in favour of life. And, of course, personally I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily. But I cannot be the judge of those who decide in a different way. As much as I can, I show them an example and act as a role model, because I believe this is the only way.”
Source: Article (abridged)
He’s ‘very passionate’ but no bunga bunga please.
Based on interview with Andrea Bocelli by Bryony Gordon, Telegraph Group
Reprinted in The Dominion Post. 19 Novembr 2011, B5.