Konstantin Meladze and Vera Brezhneva have been one of the most talked about couples in Russian show business for several years. Moreover, this stellar union has a lot of both loyal fans and haters. In October 2015, the couple played a secret wedding. In honor of the anniversary, we recall the history of the relationship and understand why the couple causes so many conflicting emotions in the public.
The beginning of the novel
It's no secret that Konstantin Meladze's relationship with Vera Brezhneva began while he was married. Konstantin met his first wife Yana Summ in the early 90s. The girl studied to be a lawyer and tried herself in the modeling business, even participated in the beauty contest “Miss Ukraine – 92”. Konstantin made an offer to Yana quickly – they say, already on the third date. In the summer of 1994, they got married, six years later, their daughter Alice was born. In 2004, the second daughter Leah was born, a year later – the son Valery.
Yana later said that her youngest son had a severe form of autism. The producer's wife herself during the years of marriage was mainly absorbed in caring for children and, according to her, did not try to somehow track who her husband communicated with during off-hours, she also did not suffer from suspicions until a certain moment.
Yana Summ and Konstantin Meladze with children
When exactly the relationship between the spouses began to deteriorate, none of them say. Rumors of Meladze's infidelity have been circulating for a long time – approximately since the creation of the VIA Gra group by him and Dmitry Kostyuk, and this is 2000. However, such conversations invariably surround any women's groups and their producers. So in the case of “VIA Groi” – the workers of the tabloids always really wanted to find evidence of any relationship between the soloists and the leaders of the collective. However, all these guesses could be called rather rumors, in general, Meladze's personal life remained a secret to the public for a long time.
Nadezhda Granovskaya, Vera Brezhneva and Svetlana Loboda as part of the “VIA Gra” group
Vera Brezhneva was cast in the “VIA Gra” group in 2002, when she was 20 years old. She was not married, but raised her little daughter Sonya from a relationship with politician Vitaly Voichenko. Four years after the beginning of performances in the team, Vera married a Ukrainian businessman Mikhail Kiperman. In 2009, they had a daughter, Sarah.
Subsequently, in an interview, the ex-wife of Konstantin Meladze confirmed that her husband was cheating on her, and since 2005 he led a “double life”, which Yana found out about a couple of years later. In an interview in 2014, she did not mention the name of the woman, because of whom the producer left the family, but hinted that this was a singer from VIA Gra. Yana says that, having received confirmation of her husband's infidelity, she called his alleged mistress:
She said: “I have no reproaches or complaints. For me, calling you is a humiliation. But I do it for one reason: I need to understand what is happening in my family.” The answer was insincere: “We have a working and friendly relationship, like a father and daughter. He is my mentor.” Five years later, in early 2013, this woman came to my house. What for? I had one question: “Why did it take so many broken destinies? I called you. Count how many years of my life you took away from me. Almost 10 years!” In response – wide open eyes: “It was just then that I thought it would be better …”.
By the way, in 2011 there were rumors about a possible connection between Konstantin and another soloist of the group – Eva Bushmina – but they did not find any confirmation. And soon the producer was suspected of too close friendship with another of his wards – Polina Gagarina, with whom he had just started working, thanks to which the artist's career took off sharply.
Eva Bushmina and Konstantin Meladze
Divorce and wedding
At the end of 2012, Konstantin became a participant in a serious accident: he knocked down a woman to death. The charges were later dropped from the producer, but he was very upset by the tragedy and practically did not communicate with anyone, trying to find peace in his work. This period turned out to be a turning point for Meladze also because Yana decided to divorce. According to her, the composer himself did not want to get divorced and was sure that she would not dare to part with him either.
I belong to this type of people: until they kick it out, I will sit and live like this,
– Meladze said later about his unwillingness to change something in his personal life.
This was also discussed in the 2015 song “My Brother”, written by Konstantin for Valery Meladze. Most of all, the audience remembered the lines:
My brother once said to me: “If it doesn't work out, don't wait.” For half my life I got used to it, but I just had to leave.
Then, by the way, the brothers were criticized for an unethical gesture towards their ex-wives: recall, Valery Meladze divorced in 2014 after 25 years of marriage with his wife Irina, who gave birth to three children, for the sake of the lead singer of the group “VIA Gra” Albina Dzhanabaeva.
Konstantin has an incredibly beautiful and noble first wife, I think it took her half her life to get used to him,
– the softest of many disgruntled user comments under the video for the song “My Brother”.
Konstantin Meladze and Vera Brezhneva
The novel of Vera Brezhneva with Konstantin Meladze “officially” opened to the public in 2015, when joint photos of the couple made by the paparazzi appeared. Then it became known that the singer and composer had a wedding in Italy in a close circle of close friends. At the same time, the couple still preferred not to be frank with the public about their relationship, especially since the revealed truth quite outraged the public. Only a couple of years later, Konstantin told about the wedding in the program “The Fate of a Man”:
We did it in a simple way, together in Italy, trying not to strain anyone and not make a fuss out of it. It seems to me that this is completely natural in a situation where people treat each other with care, do not want to frighten off their happiness, but on the contrary, want to leave at least some island of normal human life for themselves. Someone took a picture of us anyway – it didn't work out as quietly as we wanted … I'm not talking about myself, but it seems to me that people like Vera, who already have enough public duties, want to be in the feeling that you are a normal person, that you have some kind of closed territory where you can be yourself.
In this whole situation, many took the side of Konstantin's ex-wife, who confirmed in conversations with reporters that her husband had been deceiving her for a long time:
Until now, indignation from the fact that a person commits some incredibly disgusting deeds, while building an innocent look or justifying himself with good words about love and care, does not pass away. They hid everything from me for 10 years! They said: “No, what are you? We are just friends and cooperate!”
It is interesting that when it became known who exactly was the muse of Konstantin Meladze over the past years, the public began to carefully study the lyrics of the songs he wrote and look for hints of a relationship with Brezhneva in them. However, it didn't take long to look: in Valery Meladze's album “Contrary” in 2008, apparently, several songs are dedicated to Vera at once. True, when at that time the song “Salute, Vera” sounded “from every iron”, hardly anyone seriously believed that it was about Vera Brezhneva. Hints of the same “double life” were found in the song “Parallel”, also popular in 2008:
I leave her without drinking tea. I lose my temper, and I notice: y, parallel, well, how did you get me.
Rumors and scandals
The tabloids have repeatedly questioned the question of whether everything is so cloudless in the relationship between Vera and Constantine, who now no longer need to hide from anyone. The producer continues to ascribe novels with the wards every now and then: a couple of years ago there were reports that Meladze allegedly had a relationship with another member of the “VIA Gra” collective – Erica Herceg. She joined the group in 2013, and in 2020 (pretty soon after reports of an affair with the producer) announced that she was leaving. Vera Brezhneva then publicly spoke about the rumors, ironing about how her husband manages not only to supervise five musical projects, but also “according to the press, to walk with Erica.”
Konstantin Meladze and Erica Herceg
But, despite Brezhneva's irony, Herceg still left the group. Then many fans began to blame Vera for exerting too much influence on her husband. The journalists recalled the mysterious separation of the producer from his ward Polina Gagarina: they collaborated for five years – the most successful in the singer's career – but in 2015, at the peak of popularity of the hits written by Meladze for Gagarina, they suddenly stopped cooperation. In circles close to the producer, journalists were told that it was Vera Brezhneva who convinced Konstantin to stop working with Polina.
Vera Brezhnev and Konstantin Meladze
Gagarina herself did not confirm this information, but she said the following in an interview:
I stopped working with Konstantin against my will. I am incredibly grateful for the songs, I admire him, he is a genius. He himself told me that this is all.
At the same time, Gagarina admitted that she was very upset by the news of the termination of cooperation.
In the spring of this year, Meladze again found herself in the center of the scandal: Ani Lorak, during the talk show “The Fate of a Man”, mentioned that the producer had once offered her a close relationship, and since she refused, creative cooperation did not work:
Let's just say that they (the conditions proposed by the producer. – Ed.) Lay in a personal plane and touched upon the topic “what are you ready to do for the sake of popularity, fame.” The conditions that he offered to all his artists were voiced. They were ready and I was not,
– said the artist.
Ani Lorak and Konstantin Meladze
Ukrainian singer Olya Polyakova supported Lorak, saying that “she herself received a similar offer from this person.” However, the rest of the artists chose not to comment on Anya's statement, and she herself later said that her words were misunderstood:
I said that the terms of cooperation with Kostya simply did not suit me. And the journalists, as always, twisted it, heard what was not there. Kostya and I have been friends for a long time and communicate well.
On the other hand, one of the first soloists of “VIA Gra” Nadezhda Granovskaya stood up for the producer, saying:
I can say for sure that the word “harassment” and Konstantin Meladze are absolutely opposite things.
And here is another soloist of “VIA Gra”, known for her frank comments, Anna Sedokova, did not say anything about harassment, but at the same time openly called Meladze a manipulator:
Kostya Meladze constantly manipulated us harshly – not as artists, but as women. A very strong manipulation at the level: “Who will become my muse today?” A competition was created in which you constantly had to prove that you were better.
She also, in an ironic manner, supported the public opinion that at present Vera Brezhneva strictly controls her husband, not allowing him even to look towards other women.
Vera Brezhnev and Konstantin Meladze
About children, relationships and “boomerang”
Now Vera and Konstantin, although quite rarely, still comment on their relationship. So, the singer talked about life together in a YouTube interview with Arman Davletyarov:
It's difficult with geniuses. It is really difficult with people who have achieved something. At the moment, we have mutual understanding and trust. Due to the fact that we rarely see each other, each of our meetings is long-awaited. There is something to talk about, there is something to tell each other.
In the same conversation, she admitted:
I am a jealous person, but if you don't give a reason, then I won't show it. If you give a reason, then it is better not to anger me, do not wake the beast in me.
In another interview – for Vogue – Vera said:
My husband says that I am the most beautiful in the morning, when my hair is disheveled and there is not a single gram of makeup. He likes it when we are alone and I am naked, and he does not care at all if I have abs cubes.
Konstantin Meladze and Vera Brezhneva with their daughter Sarah
Konstantin also rarely comments on his personal life, but sometimes he still speaks publicly about his relationship with Brezhneva. For example, he said:
Vera knows how to make the most fantastic birthday gifts. She gives me such gifts, after which I really can't come to my senses for six months.
As an example, Meladze cited the case when, as a gift, Vera invited the legendary Boris Grebenshchikov to speak in front of Konstantin.
With his ex-wife, who remarried after the divorce, Konstantin, as far as the press knows, continues to communicate, he supports the children financially. The composer's ex-wife with her daughters and son lives in Kiev, Meladze and Vera Brezhneva live in Moscow, but, in fact, between three countries, Russia, Ukraine and Italy, where the couple has a mansion. According to media estimates, in total, Konstantin owns six apartments and one house, the most expensive property is a five-room apartment in the center of Kiev, which the press has estimated at a million dollars.
Yana Summ with her daughter Leah
In the media every now and then there are a variety of rumors about Brezhneva and Meladze: they write that celebrities are parting, then that they are expecting a baby. Regarding the possible replenishment of the family, by the way, in the spring of this year Vera herself mentioned:
Recently, I increasingly want to think about the child … More precisely, I already think about it. I care about my health, go in for sports … The birth of every child in our family is a huge holiday. We have a huge family, we are always glad to expand and replenish it, and even more so such a genius blood and family like Meladze,
– said the singer to the correspondent of the program “You will not believe”.
And in October, the press quoted Vera as saying that she had changed her attitude towards surrogacy:
I have already ceased to be too categorical about something, because with age, experience there is an understanding that if a person does this, then for some reason he needs it,
– mentioned Brezhnev in an interview for NTV.
Well, as for rumors about the separation of a star couple, sometimes the spouses themselves give a reason for their occurrence. In the summer of 2019, for example, Vera deleted all joint photos with her husband from Instagram. Fans were seriously worried, but soon the artist answered questions in the comments like this:
I removed it so that envious people do not get nervous.
And the couple really continues to unnerve many, although it would seem that the relationship between the singer and the producer has been discussed for so many years. As soon as a joint photo or video appears on social networks, commentators split into two camps – some rejoice for a happy couple, while others continue to reproach celebrities and wish them a “boomerang arrival.”
If there was a reason for a boomerang, maybe I would be afraid
– the singer replies in the comments when asked if she is afraid of the blows of fate.