The worst time was at the be­gin­ning, the best is now

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work has been very stress­ful for the singers but Se­bastien says it’s ac­tu­ally brought the four­some closer to­gether and things are run­ning much more smoothly than they were in the be­gin­ning.

‘We were not so close with each other at the very be­gin­ning be­cause we were thrown into an ar­ranged mar­riage,’ Se­bastien says.

‘I would say it took time for us to get to know each other and get along with each other.

‘We all came from suc­cess­ful ca­reers, there was a big gap as English wasn’t our first lan­guage at all.

‘And I think what is funny about the whole thing is the worst time was at the be­gin­ning and the best is now. We know each other per­fectly, we have each other’s backs. A lot of bands are the other way around — they ac­tu­ally fight when money comes into it but we are re­ally en­joy­ing this now.’

Se­bastien lives with his wife Renée and their three chil­dren, ten-year-old twins Rose and Luca, and Jude who is now seven, in Cal­i­for­nia.

But the de­mands of tour­ing can be dif­fi­cult when you have three young chil­dren.

‘Home for me is ba­si­cally out of my suit­case right now,’ Se­bastien jokes. ‘I live just out­side LA now. When you have kids I find that it is a pretty amaz­ing place to live and I am re­ally glad that I made the move.’

Se­bastien clearly adores his fam­ily and when he is at home, he makes sure he spends as much time with his chil­dren as pos­si­ble. He’s a very hands-on dad.

But now that the new record is about to come out and there is such a packed sched­ule for Il Divo this sum­mer, Se­bastien is try­ing to find the bal­ance be­tween work and home life.

‘It’s not sim­ple but, you know, we some­how make it work,’ he says. ‘My chil­dren come and visit me when they have hol­i­days from school. We have three kids and we try to make it work.

‘It’s not al­ways easy but, thank good­ness, now we have face time and we talk reg­u­larly. It is also very im­por­tant to me But that’s what it is and we have to try and work things out.’

‘The kids try to un­der­stand. My wife is very sup­port­ive of me as she worked in a record la­bel be­fore so she kind of knows the drill.

‘I wouldn’t say it is that sim­ple for the kids. They want their daddy. And it is hard when they are some­times telling me ‘I re­ally want you here. I miss you please come back.’

‘But on the other hand they un­der­stand that’s what Daddy does. So we do try to find the bal­ance and get times when they can come out to me and see their daddy.’

Mean­while, there’s noth­ing else for it but to get on with per­form­ing all over the world to au­di­ences of ador­ing fans. So at this stage are women still fall­ing at the feet of Il Divo? It would seem so.

‘We are very lucky. It’s a very tough job to be adored by women, isn’t it?’ Se­bastien says, laugh­ing. ‘No, re­ally we are very for­tu­nate we love what we do and we love mak­ing peo­ple happy at our shows, both men and women!’

O Il Divo play the Trin­ity Col­lege Sum­mer Se­ries in Dublin on July 24. Tick­ets are avail­able now from tick­et­mas­ter.ie The new Il Divo al­bum Time­less will be re­leased on Au­gust 10 on Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic’s Decca Gold la­bel.

We know each other per­fectly, we have each other’s backs

Il Divo: (l-r) David Miller, Se­bastien Izam­bard, Car­los Marin and Urs Buh­ler

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