I’m the se­cret grand­child of Three Tenors star Placido

Sin­gle mum longs to hear from star

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY ALAN SELBY

Katie Jor­dan has had very lit­tle con­tact with fa­mous grand­fa­ther

Placido – one of the fa­mous Three Tenors – has an es­ti­mated €170mil­lion for­tune and has rubbed shoul­ders with US pres­i­dents.

Yet grand­daugh­ter Katie Jor­dan is a 35-year-old sin­gle mum of two who is be­tween jobs and lives in a small flat.

Her mod­est life is a far cry from gran­dad Placido, who has an hon­orary knight­hood and re­leased the most pop­u­lar clas­si­cal mu­sic al­bum of all time with fel­low Spa­niard José Car­reras and Ital­ian Lu­ciano Pavarotti.

Katie’s mum Sharon met Placido’s son José as a teenager while he was a young stu­dent in Bri­tain.

Sharon, now 52, who gave birth to Katie in 1982, said: “Katie and Placido have only met once or twice since then.

“About two years ago Katie paid to watch him per­form at the Royal Opera House.”

The venue was just 15 miles from Katie’s home in West Lon­don.

Placido’s family are based in Mex­ico City and Madrid while José, his el­dest son, lives in lux­ury in New York and helps pro­mote his opera em­pire.

Fa­ther and son vis­ited the White House to­gether last year, on a trip in which José was also pho­tographed with

ac­tor Kevin Spacey. In Su­per­star Placido José, Katie and kids at Nando’s 2011 Placido spoke in in­ter­views of three grand­chil­dren liv­ing in Eng­land but Katie, then 29, was not men­tioned.

He said: “They are at school near the cas­tle which was burned – yes, Wind­sor! They are three grand­daugh­ters, one 15, one 13, one 10. They all have a beau­ti­ful voice. I think they will be­come singers.”

José, now a 59-year-old pho­tog­ra­pher, stud­ied visual arts at Rich­mond, The Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity in south-west Lon­don in the 1980s.

His pub­lic Face­book page re­veals last year he vis­ited Lon­don to be with daugh­ter Katie and her two chil­dren.

He posted a pic­ture of the family at a branch of the Nando’s res­tau­rant chain, tag­ging his daugh­ter on the so­cial me­dia site. They also vis­ited a street food mar­ket and spent a day at Chess­ing­ton World of Ad­ven­tures in Sur­rey. A source said that he has been in reg­u­lar con­tact with his daugh­ter.

The visit came af­ter Katie re­quested fi­nan­cial sup­port, with Placido’s per­sonal as­sis­tant Ni­cholas Marko over­see­ing a £5,000 ges­ture to help her out. She has re­fused to com­ment as she tries to stay in touch with her fa­ther and his ex­tended family. But in 2013 a touch­ing Face­book post re­vealed her heartache at the ap­par­ent sep­a­ra­tion she felt.

Next to an im­age of her grand­fa­ther’s ap­pear­ance as a guest in The Simp­sons she said: “Ironic re­ally see­ing as i dreamt last night i met him he held my hand said my name. Maybe one day...”

In 2000 an­other of José’s daugh­ters, Ivonne Ar­mant, ap­peared in Play­boy.

alan.selby@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

I dreamt last night I met him and he held my hand and said my name. Maybe one day... KATIE JOR­DAN ON HER GRAND­FA­THER PLACIDO DOMINGO

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