Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wins his wife with the help of a VHS version of the erotic thriller Basic instinct, According to a new biography.
The couple met in high school in their hometown of Kryvyi Rih in southeastern Ukraine, but only started dating when they were in university.
The courtship began when the comedian-turned-president approaches his future wife, Olena Zelenska, ex-Kyachko, while she is holding a copy of a Hollywood movie in the 1990s.
in his book “Zelensky”, author and journalist Stephen Derricks wrote that Mr. Zelensky asked if he could borrow the Sharon Stone movie. He pretended he hadn’t seen it when he was said to have seen the racy movie “at least 15 times” before.
But the request gave him a window to ask for her phone number, start a decades-long bond, and most recently the deadly invasion of their country by Russia.
This revelation comes as the couple are set to be the cover stars of the October issue of Vogue magazineA move that drew criticism from US conservatives.
In the Vogue magazine In an interview, Ms. Zelenska pondered what initially formed a connection between them, concluding that it was humor that built a “mutual chemistry”.
“My jokes don’t always go along with it,” the chief said. “She’s a very good editor.”
Although Mr. Zelensky was more focused on her “eyes and lips” when they first met, it didn’t take long for it to become more difficult for Olena when the two of them started talking.
“That’s when you cross the distance from love to love,” he said. “This is what happened to me.”
The couple were married in 2003 and welcomed daughter Oleksandra a year later.
In 2013, the Ukrainian first lady gave birth to their second child, son Kirillo.
Like many Ukrainian families, the president has been separated from his children since war broke out in Ukraine in February.
Ms. Zelenska was able to see her children, but she admitted that the separation from their father was difficult for Oleksandra and Kyrylo as well.
“I don’t even know how I would have lived these months if we had broken up,” she said of her children. “[Zelensky] Face much more difficulty in this regard. Suffers. Then my kids do that too, because they can’t see each other.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has so far lasted five and a half months and left thousands dead, with no clear end in sight.
In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, Ms. Zelenska said she hoped the challenges of the war would “unite” the couple.
“I agree with the theory that marriage strengthens with challenges,” she explained.
“We have become more interested in each other. I think in our case it will be the same story… I hope this challenge makes us more united.”
A transcript of Olena Zelenska’s interview will be published in the October issue of Vogue. “Zelensky” by Stephen Derricks Available from Canbury Press.