And yes, as a child she dreamed of the toga, the tomes to study and a career as a lawyer «like my father. He was my point of reference, so much so that I wanted to follow in his footsteps ». Then, however, an evening at a disco in the mountains, in Ortisei, so far from his Naples and from the high school life he had led up to that moment, suddenly changed Roberta Capua's horizons.
«I was 17, I was on vacation and I made the Miss Italia selections for fun. I reached the final almost without realizing what was happening to me, the same amazement when I won the crown. It was 1986. The following year I finished second in Miss Universe. But can you believe that I've never seen myself particularly beautiful? I have always accepted my body, too long and very slender, and my face, aware that beauty is a gift, but it is not a merit that you have won with commitment and effort.
Living on appearance alone is not for me, therefore, as soon as I could, I left my modeling career and took the opportunity to make TV. I could talk, express myself, show emotions. Let's try, let's see how it goes, I said ».
It went well: about thirty years have passed since the first program. Now Roberta is the afternoon queen of Raiuno, paired with Gianluca Semprini, at Summer Live. “There is a good mix between us. He is more linked to information and current events, I to costume and entertainment: this harmony shines through and is giving us an excellent response from the public, "she says proudly. "I was missing on Raiuno for 14 years, for me this program is as welcome as it is unexpected: it has revolutionized holidays and the hottest season of the year. But in my life it has always been that suddenly something happens that upsets my plans and projects me elsewhere.
In work, but also in love ». Overcoming the proverbial confidentiality, she says: "I met my husband Stefano fifteen years ago and, after three months, I changed my city and my life," she explains while parading with a series of one-piece swimsuits and kimonos, cool garments of the season. He joins her and they pose for us for a photo together, which rarely happens. "The last images were those of the wedding, ten years ago," he says smiling and continues: "He introduced us to a mutual friend, a sort of combo, those things that usually lead nowhere.
We were both single. He calmer, I rather disenchanted and not at all in search of great love. I was quite disappointed with previous relationships, so I wanted to focus
about myself and my career. However, this man with direct, straightforward ways, without frills, a little closed, but with a strong sense of irony, struck me. It took a weekend at the beach, in Sardinia, and a kiss stolen in the hotel parking lot before saying goodbye to understand that my life was changing.
We met in May, I left Rome in September to go and live with him in Bologna, and in June of the following year I was pregnant with Leonardo, who is now 13 years old ". For him, for the family, you gave up your job … «I slowed down and then I said some no, but I didn't regret it. Leonardo was born when I was 39 and had already been in the media blender for a long time. I was able to choose to stop, to be with my son and watch him grow up. It was a privilege that I faced with awareness and courage: I was ready to reinvent myself if necessary ».
Roberta is frank when she confides: «Alongside my men I have changed, I have become a better woman, more balanced, capable of giving the right weight to things and setting priorities well. Before I was more cynical in the vision of life, very linked to work and projected towards a career. I'm wiser now and family is everything. I would have liked to have another child, maybe another boy, but he hasn't arrived, so we stopped and that's okay ».
Roberta stretches her legs with innate elegance and looks at you with that warm, Neapolitan look that makes her fascinating. "At twenty I looked at myself in the mirror in a distracted way, today if I stop I notice that I am fine with myself, that I like myself more than then, even if after the age of 50 the metabolism changes and forces you to be careful about it you eat and your face reflects more what you are and what you feel. I am able to accept the passing of time, I do not fight it, on the contrary I face it with gentleness ».
Are Stefano and Leonardo jealous? “Not so much, in the right way. We are very united, we do not need anything else besides the three of us to feel good ». And he confides: «One of the strongest bonds between Stefano and me is that we laugh a lot, it still happens today, after fifteen years. We are not romantics, we do not like fuss, but we know that our strength lies in being each other's support, with respect and lightness, always grateful for everything that life has given us. Now that our son has grown up he has entered the monster way of joking and taking life with a smile. I take it even more now that I work all week and, when I join them at the weekend, I feel complete and satisfied ». A queen of hearts.
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