Pino Daniele, wife Fabiola Sciabbarrasi: “We weren’t able to say ‘I love you'”

Eleonora Daniele’s guest at Storie Italiane: “We both thought we had time”

“What I complain about is that we didn’t have time to tell each other things”. This morning Storie Italiane on Rai1 dedicated a long memory to Pino Daniele, the unforgettable singer-songwriter who died prematurely on 4 January 2015. During the show , between the images and the music of the “half black” of the Italian song, spoke to the microphones of Eleonora Daniele Fabiola Sciabbarrasi, the artist’s second wife, who had three children with him: “I learned from what happened that time is a gift we give, even to the person we love. What I complain about is that we didn’t have time to tell each other things,” he said. “I prefer to remember what we shared rather than what we lost later. Surely the time also to say sorry, for the misunderstandings, the contradictory. The time to tell us I miss you, I love you. Then in the end someone takes the time away from us, then it’s too late. But I don’t remember Pino with sadness, he was sap of v ita,” he added.

“I learned of his death in the most traumatic way,” he said, “Sofia called me who was at home telling me that dad wasn’t well. I wasn’t there at that moment. I tried to do some crazy things, including contacting his doctor who wasn’t in Rome. My concern was getting to the house before the kids knew dad was asleep. I was in Siena that night, I traveled Siena-Rome at the speed of sound and when I arrived, the fact that I had come back as soon as I left, my face, my eyes, betrayed what I didn’t want to say. In that instant, I understood how important time was.”

“I thought that everything that had remained unsolved, what hadn’t been done, would have been impossible now – he underlined – My concern was Sara, Sofia and Francesco without their dad. We are more structured, or we think we are, instead we are fragile souls. When Pino died Sara had just turned 18, Sofia 14 and Francesco 9, he was small. Surely he chases after the figure of the father, because he has lived it less and asks me. Does he want to see pictures, listen to songs, go rummaging through the repertoires… I really feel that he needs to have that reference.”