Carla Bruni may be one of the most powerful female figures in her country but France's First Lady has admitted that she is as freaked out as the next woman when it came to turning 40 recently.
The former supermodel-turned singer, who married the flamboyant French President Nicolas Sarkozy early last year, had what she calls "one of those typical midlife things" on the eve of her 40th birthday in December 2007.
"It suddenly hit me that 40 is a symbol of adult life and at the time I really wasn't an adult. It made me lose my balance a bit, as I realised I had to be an adult," Bruni was quoted by the 'Daily Express' as saying.
However, still there're signs her new status is not dampening what Bruni considers her most indelible qualities.
"I love spontaneity and I'm a very passionate person. Although I've grown up a lot, I hope I will always hold on to that childlike sense of wonder," the British newspaper quoted her as telling the 'Psychologies' magazine.
The revelation came days after Bruni had revealed that it took her and Nicolas Sarkozy just 48 hours to get married.
In fact, in her most frank interview to a TV channel since becoming the French First Lady, Bruni had said that the wedding was decided two days in advance, leaving her barely enough time to find a dress for herself.
The former Italian supermodel had also recalled during the programme 'Carla Bruni in complete freedom' she practiced her curtsy for British Queen Elizabeth with famous rock singer Marianne Faithfull.
Bruni had told 'French TV': "I really wanted to curtsy to the Queen, and we had a lot of fun with my friend Marianne Faithfull, who had already met the Queen."