Irrational love and Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti
MILAN (Reuters Life!) - "My daughter, music and women": this is the magic formula that Eros Ramazzotti, one of Italy's most successful Italian pop singers, says is behind his new album, sung in tandem with several international artists.
Ramazzotti's double-album, "e2", short for a math equation where "e" stands for Eros, is out on Friday. It offers many of his greatest hits, some featuring pop stars such as Tina Turner, Anastasia and Carlos Santana, and four new tracks.
The duo with Latin pop star Ricky Martin "Non siamo soli" (We Are Not Alone) has already been released and quickly reached the top of Italian charts. It has also been released in Spanish for the benefit of Ramazzotti's large Latin American audience.
Despite his declaration of love for women, Ramazzotti, who turns 44 on Sunday, admitted in an interview with Reuters he is now unattached.
"I am not going out with anyone, because it's difficult... There are many opportunities but these are very superficial ones," he said from his Milan headquarters surrounded by music awards from his 20-year career.
"Love is so irrational and it's not so easy (to start all over again) after you had given everything to a relationship," he said of his broken marriage to Swiss-born model and television host Michelle Hunziker, 30.
The fairy-tale marriage between Ramazzotti and the blond TV star ended in separation in 2002 and legal battles have followed. But the singer says the bad days are over and he is going through an exceptionally productive phase.
"I have recovered a little peace of mind. I am more relaxed. I am better at managing my life and my daughter's life, which for me is the most fundamental thing," he said.
"I am on good terms with Michelle and I hope to keep up such a creative phase in my work," he said.
Ramazzotti has dedicated one of his new tracks, "Ci parleremo da grandi" (We'll Talk When You Are Older), to his daughter Aurora, 11.
In "Il tempo tra di noi" (Time Between Us), Ramazzotti talks about a the end of a relationship that can never be forgotten, but swears this is a reference to his own broken marriage.
"A marriage that ends in tears is common to many people and it is a memory that is difficult to erase," he said.
Ramazzoti's new release comes 10 years after his greatest hits collection "Eros", which sold 7.5 million copies worldwide, and two years after album "Calma Apparente."