Gabrio Landi is the new suitor of Andrea Nicole Conte of ‘Men and Women’. The boy, from Russia, adopted by an Italian family, is already the father of a child, born from a previous relationship. Ecological operator, the new protagonist of Maria De Filippi’s program was appreciated for his personal history and a difficult childhood:
I was born in Russia, in a city called Volgograd, the old Stalingrad. My memories start at the age of four, my biological parents had separated and they told me my father was dead. I had to live with my mother. I’ll avoid giving her that credit and I’ll call her Lilith: she was never home, she was always around getting drunk and doing something. So for days I was forced to provide for myself, even weeks. I used to go stealing or doing charity outside supermarkets, holding an old Russian military hat.
Over the course of the week, the tronista and her suitor exchanged 72 messages telling each other without filters between the present and a past that is not easily erased:
I tried to weight my hands when it didn’t suit me, I went to the gray and massive condominium buildings. There I went ramp by ramp and sifted through each door, looking for some coins. Once one of the many couples opened for me, they let me in, they didn’t give me rubles but preferred to offer me a meal, some broth. I struggled to eat, soaking all the bread. In the meantime, they, as tight as when one is in pain, stared at me with shining eyes. Even as a child I hated that look of compassion, as I hate it today. After the meal, I asked if they had anything to leave me for the return home.
The boy does not want to repeat the same heroes as the biological parents. Even insecurities and frailties made him the man of today:
I hid in the sofa covers and fell asleep in my tears, when Lilith came home, she always poured into shameful situations. The only thing he did was look for a leather strap, he whipped me until I fainted. In the meantime, between one sob and the next, I asked “Why mum, why”. But what I saw in his eyes was the fault of my birth. I will never tell this again, I only said it to settle the score for our knowledge.
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