FRANCE – Béatrice Martin aka Cœur de pirate caused fans to react against her with her Eurovision 2022 participation. The artist explained it was a joke tweet to avoid further criticism. The singer-songwriter was then interviewed by PureCharts and said:
I don’t know how it started […] but at one point someone from the Eurovision staff called my manager asking if I was serious, and I was really sorry. I didn’t think I had the right to participate, but then I saw Flo Rida representing the most unlikely country (San Marino). Wow! Eurovision requires a lot, it is a monumental job. I think it’s right to give way to French artists who are worth listening to. I have already done so many projects, it would be very dishonest of me.
The publications on the web claim that it was a trick of Béatrice to test reactions as it was clear according to them she wanted to participate but ultimately she withdraws her interest in a less known and established artist.
It is also clear that her Canadian origin was not the issue as in the past Canadian signers have proudly represented various countries such as France (2001 Natasha St-Pier and Barbara Pravi in 2021) or even Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Béatrice Martin, better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited in Montreal Mirror with “bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth”.
In July 2009, it was revealed that Martin had been a nude model for the alt-porn website GodsGirls under the name Bea. About 800 naked pictures were featured on the website for many months. GodsGirls removed the pictures at her record company’s request when she signed her contract, but the pictures keep reappearing on the web via some blogs and forums throughout the years. Martin always acknowledged that she had done these pictures but never wanted to talk about them before July 2009.
On February 29, 2012, Martin announced on Twitter and Facebook that she was expecting a girl with her fiancé, Alex Peyrat, a tattoo artist. Martin and Peyrat were married later that year on July 26 and their daughter Romy was born on September 4.
On June 16, 2016, in an op-ed for Vice magazine’s Noisey, Martin came out as queer as a response to the shooting at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando. The following day, she announced that she was filing for divorce from her husband. At the time, she was known to be in a relationship with Laura Jane Grace, who fronts Against Me!, although they later broke up. Martin and Peyrat remarried in March 2017.
Je pensais pas que ça allait blow up autant mais c’était évidemment un tweet mignon blague comme je fais toujours en hommage au concours, je ne peux pas participer évidemment mais je suivrai sans problème !
— Coeur de pirate (@beatricepirate) June 22, 2021