Andrea Bocelli knows how to carry a performance. He’s won countless awards for his incredible voice and wowed audiences from one corner of the globe to the other. But throughout all of his showstopping songs and breathtaking duets, something was missing: his wife.
That hole in his heart while on the road was finally filled when Andrea got to perform alongside his wife, Veronica Berti, for an intimate show.
Even though Andrea and Veronica’s relationship started off as purely profession, as she was his manager, things quickly heated up outside of the glare of the limelight. The two got to know each other on a more personal basis – and soon it was clear, they were going to be together forever.
As a divorcee, Andrea was nervous about saying “I do” again, so they waited more than a decade before tying the knot. When their wedding day finally rolled around, Andrea told E News that he was excited to make Veronica his wife before God, their loved ones and friends. He also explained it was an important legal matter to take care of appropriately.
“Naturally, when two people feel like we do, they want to make it a permanent arrangement. It will happen from the religious and spiritual point of view, but it is a legal matter.”
Obviously, Veronica and Andrea were a match made in musical Heaven. Not only do they have an unbelievable amount of love for one another, but they also have perfectly complimentary singing voices.
By the time they were done singing “Qualche Stupido,” everyone watching was in tears and cheering from their linen-covered tables. This was the performance of a lifetime and they got to watch it unfold before their eyes! Hopefully, the audience members realized how special their song was and how much it meant to Andrea.
Listen to Andrea and Veronica’s performance for yourself below. They’re such a talented family!
The strange-looking cat that his nana had lovingly named Tete was one of the strays that came around regularly, and she totally adored him! When Eric approached her about the obvious mistake, at first she didn’t get it. Eric told The Dodo:
“She reassured me it was one of her cats. I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”
Grandma was still somewhat confused when Eric kept giggling at the “kitty” that was snoozing in the corner.
“I laughed for a good five minutes. She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat.”
Cat’s have short box-like snouts, but this tricky little poser was sporting a super-long and very pointy sniffer.
Perhaps his grandmother needed a new pair of glasses, because it wasn’t until Eric told her to have a really good look at the un-kitty-like cretin that she realized what he really was…a possum! At first the discovery came as a shock to her, but after she came to grips with the funny situation, it didn’t seem to phase her one bit.
Eric recalled to The Dodo:
“She kinda just sat there. Then she got a little closer … and slowly looked up at me with the biggest grin on her face and said, ‘Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!’”
Even after Eric’s grandmother found out that the stray cat was actually a possum, both her her heart and her home remained very big and open. She didn’t care what he looked like, and he would still have a safe place to stay. In fact, the other cats who were hanging around the porch playground didn’t seem to give a hoot about his species either.
It’s actually not uncommon to find possums and cats socializing alongside one another in the great outdoors. Folks who live in the countryside will often find the two critters happily co-mingling in the barn when it’s dinnertime. They seem to tolerate each other very well, but thankfully they’re not the only ones.
“She loves animals and taking care of them whenever she can. It kind of just motivates you to do better and treat other beings better too.”
Grandma’s blindness to the possum may not have been an eyesight problem after all. She just tends to see the world through the unfiltered lens of her great big heart, which meant that all the people – and suspicious furballs – in her life were all the better for it.