EXCLUSIVE: Tina Arena says the relationship with her long-time artist partner is strong as she pulls her $7million Toorak mansion from sale -and shoots down reports she’s returning to France
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Australian singer Tina Arena claims there will be many a ‘Sorrento Moon’ ahead of her and long-time partner Vincent Mancini after scuttling rumours the couple had split.
The beloved singer, who shot to fame on the television program Young Talent Time in the 1970s, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday their relationship was ‘fine’.
‘I’m not about to throw a word into your mouth – this has never happened to me before,’ she said from her Toorak home.
Arena, who previously lived in France for years, had listed her mansion in Toorak for sale with a $7million price guide sparking wild speculation the couple had split.
‘There is nothing for me to say and we’re fine. Everybody is fine,’ she said.
Just hours earlier, Arena’s manager denied rumours the star had planned to relocate to France.
Titus Day told Daily Mail Australia that Arena had decided to take her Melbourne home off the market and not sell.
‘Everybody is fine’: Tina Arena (pictured on Thursday) shoots down speculation she is splitting from her long-term French artist partner
Staying put: Australian singer Tina Arena has rubbished rumours she is planning to permanently relocate to France after putting her family home up for sale in November. Pictured with her partner, Vincent Mancini, in Paris in 2016
At the time, RT Edgar real estate agent Jeremy Fox said Arena was ‘planning to go back to France’ with her family after the sale.
But Day denied this, saying there was ‘absolutely no truth to any relocation rumours’ .
He added: ‘Tina will be keeping both her Melbourne property and home in France and will live between the two countries.
‘She plans to live between the two as she always has (Covid permitting of course).’
A gracious Arena, who had been enjoying a glorious Melbourne day with her little dog, told Daily Mail Australia she was shocked to find a member of the media on her doorstep.
‘I’m also really private as well and I just prefer my life like that,’ she said. ‘I’ve been in the pubic eye all of my life and I’m just much happier being left alone.’
Arena described speculation over her supposed split as a ‘waste of time’.
‘They’re really barking up the wrong tree with it and I’m just being really honest,’ she said.
Not for sale: Her manager, Titus Day, told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that Arena had decided to take her Toorak property off the market. Pictured: the backyard of her home
Rumours: The Sorrento Moon star, 53, who previously lived in France for years, had listed her mansion in Toorak for sale with a $7million price guide two months ago. At the time, RT Edgar real estate agent Jeremy Fox said she was planning to go back to Europe with her family
Tina Arena headed off to nearby shops after dismissing rumours about her relationship
It comes after the musician reflected on her ‘annus horribilis’ (Latin for ‘horrible year’) in a post shared to Instagram last month.
She wrote: ‘Well, what a year! One most will talk about for many years to come.
Farewell, 2020: It comes after the musician reflected on her ‘annus horribilis’ (Latin for ‘horrible year’) in a post shared to Instagram last month (pictured)
‘While there would be so many things to complain about… it’s safe to say that the end of this annus horribilis couldn’t come quick enough!
‘I am grateful to my family, for all their love and support. A special shout-out to my friends… those of you know who you are… my love and profound respect for all that you do and are does not go unnoticed.’
Arena currently lives in Toorak with her French artist partner and their teenage son, Gabriel.
Reflection: Arena said the new year couldn’t come soon enough after a dreadful 2020