Music brings people together. Nobody knows this better than Enrica Cenzatti, who first fell in love with Andrea Bocelli’s music before the man himself. Cenzatii was 17 when she met Bocelli at a piano bar where he used to play to make some money on the side. His fame soared as time passed, and they later got married.
While his career rose steadily, Cenzatti was often pictured by his side, accompanying him on tours. She was one of the most influential people to him, but his career made high demands of him, which saw him spend much time away from home.
It led to him missing important milestones, including the birth of their first child. After their divorce, Bocelli found love again and continued making music while Enrica Cenzatti retreated into obscurity once more.
Here is all we know about her and their bittersweet relationship.
Who Is Enrica Cenzatti?
Enrica Cenzatti entered this world in March 1971 in the small town of Pontedera, Italy. Unfortunately, not much is known about her background. However, we know she was born to a lawyer father and had a sister with similar features who kept her company.
The pair were very close, and Cenzatti often shared her secrets with her – including the day she ran into the man she was sure would become her husband. Ironically, the man was a classical music singer because Cenzatti did not like the classics while growing up.
Her father often played classical music in their house, but Cenzatti was more interested in rock. She was Prince’s biggest fan. Her sister said: “She listened to rock, for better or worse, just like everyone else her age. I believe she (had) all of Prince’s records; they weren’t on CDs yet.”
Andrea Bocelli and Enrica Cenzatti
Enrica Cenzatti met Andrea Bocelli when she was 17 while he was performing at a piano bar in Chianni, a small town in Italy. This was long before he rose to fame and became one of the best-selling musicians in the world.
Between his performances, Cenzatti, convinced she had found the one, introduced herself to Bocelli, who had already obtained his law degree. One of the reasons he often played at piano bars was to meet women, so Bocelli had enough experience and was good with the ladies.
The talented pianist did not need eyes to see that Cenzatti was special after she invited him for a drink and left a lasting impression. They felt the same way about each other, and after that first encounter, Cenzatti hightailed it home late that night to give her sister the details of her meeting with the handsome man. Half-asleep, Cenzatti’s sister listened to her gush about the talented pianist she had fallen head over heels for.
Enrica Cenzatti and Andrea Bocelli Marriage
Cenzatti and Bocelli tied the knot on June 27, 1992. They welcomed their first child, Amos, together some years later, on February 22, 1995. Their second child, Matteo, was born on October 8, 1997.
Due to his inability to see, Cenzatti’s former husband often required assistance to get around, and she filled the role perfectly. According to the award-winning singer, Cenzatti played an essential role in his life as she often described things he could not see in vivid detail.
He called Cenzatti “the guide of his life, figuratively and literally.” The lady did not find the task bothersome and never treated his blindness like a burden, sometimes even forgetting he was blind.
They were happily married for years and had two beautiful children, but longevity was not in their books. Cenzatti and her Bocelli went their separate ways in 2003 when she was in her early thirties. After the divorce, her ex-husband relocated to his birthplace, Tuscany, but maintained a cordial relationship with her as they raised their kids.
Cenzatti has returned to living a private life ever since and is reportedly still single. On the other hand, Bocelli found love again in the arms of a woman 25 years younger than him.
Her name is Veronica Berti, and she says the age gap does not bother her because she comes from a family where lengthy age gaps were a norm. Other famous stars with significant age gaps between them and their spouses include Elton John, Pierce Brosnan, and George Clooney.