Benjamin Castaldi

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Benjamin Castaldi
Born (1970-03-28) 28 March 1970 (age 53)
Other namesBenji
Occupation(s)Television host, radio host, columnist
Years active1994–present
Valérie Sapienza
(m. 1997; div. 2001)
(m. 2002; div. 2008)
Vanessa Broussouloux
(m. 2011; div. 2016)
Aurore Aleman
(m. 2016)
Parent(s)Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Catherine Allégret
RelativesSimone Signoret
(maternal grandmother)
Yves Montand
(maternal step-grandfather)

Benjamin Castaldi (French pronunciation: ​[bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ kastaldi]; born 28 March 1970) is a French television host, columnist, radio host and producer. He is the former host of Secret Story which is a spinoff of Loft Story that he hosted as well.



Benjamin Castaldi was born into a family of artists, being the son of actress and writer Catherine Allégret and actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi. He grew up surrounded by his grandmother, actress Simone Signoret, his grandfather, director Yves Allégret, and the adoptive father of his mother, actor and singer Yves Montand. He has a maternal half-sister, Clémentine Vaudaux and two paternal half-siblings, Giovanni and Paola. He is of Italian and Polish-Jewish descent.

Studies and professional debut[edit]

In the late 1980s, Benjamin Castaldi, who then aspired to become a businessman, began studies in economics at Sorbonne University. He then applied for a position in a home meal delivery company, where he was finally hired as a salesperson. He then became director of the company, which ended up filing bankruptcy. Wishing to try his luck as a music producer, he moved to the United States where he tried to relaunch the career of singer Esther Galil. After this failed, in 1993, he returned to Paris. Meanwhile, in 1992, he participated as an "anonymous" candidate in the game Que le meilleur gagne presented by Nagui on La Cinq.

Private life[edit]

He married on 22 September 1993 in Saint-Mandé to Valérie Sapienza, the mother of his sons Julien (born 18 September 1996) and Simon (born 20 April 2000). They divorced in 2001. On 21 September 2002, he married the television and radio host Flavie Flament who he met in December 2000 on the show Les P'tits Princes, on TF1). Castaldi has a son with her, Enzo (born 8 February 2004). They separated in December 2006 before divorcing in July 2008. On 24 November 2011, he married journalist and television host Vanessa Broussouloux in Copenhagen, Denmark. They divorced in May 2016 and on 27 August of the same year he married an interview director of the company Endemol, Aurore Aleman, met in 2015.

His eldest son Julien joined The Mad Mag on NRJ12 as a columnist in 2017.

On 22 November 2017, he revealed on the plateau of Touche pas à mon poste ! having had a three-day affair with the French journalist Annie Lemoine.

Motorcycle accident[edit]

On Saturday, 23 June 2012 it was reported that Benjamin Castaldi suffered and accident that caused him a collarbone fracture as well as two broken ribs. He left the hospital the following day. At the time of his accident he was hosting the French reality-series Secret Story which led to the decision that television presenter Nikos Aliagas hosted the show while everybody waited for Castaldi's return. Benjamin returned on air on Monday, 2 July, but normality was soon interrupted. It turned out that he had six broken ribs, and his collarbone had not healed properly, he was operated with urgency. The Voice of Secret Story took over the hosting of the show.

Financial Issues[edit]

In 2012, he discovered that he was ruined and claimed to be a victim of a real estate scam of the financial consulting company Apollonia. In 2017 Benjamin said he couldn't buy Christmas presents or do fun activities with his children anymore.

In December 2014, he publicly declared himself a victim of a scam that involved a notary, a promoter and a bank. He claimed six million euros in court for compensation of damages he suffered.