On Wednesday, first responders raced to the house of legendary former sex symbol Brigitte Bardot after she experienced breathing issues.

Bernard d’Ormale, Bardot’s spouse, confirmed the news and explained what transpired shortly after the event at their Saint-Tropez home.

“It was around 9 a.m. when Brigitte had trouble breathing,” he explained to local newspaper Var-matin, adding that ambulances in the south of France initially “got the wrong” address.

“[Her breathing] was faster than usual, but she didn’t pass out.” Let’s call it a respiratory distraction moment.”

D’Ormale went on to say that when the firefighters arrived, they put Bardot, 88, on oxygen “and stayed to watch her” for a while.

“Like all people of a certain age, she can no longer bear the heat,” he said. “It happens at the age of 88.” She must not waste her time.”

Many people remember Bardot as one of the most sought-after actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. She did, however, leave the spotlight in 1973, just before her 40th birthday.

Since then, the French activist has dedicated her life to animal protection, becoming a divisive figure in the process.

Bardot was recently penalized for promoting racial hate after referring to the people of Réunion, a French Indian Ocean island, as “degenerate savages.”

“The natives have kept their savage genes,” she stated in a 2019 open letter to the prefect of Réunion, alleging animal cruelty on the island.

It was her sixth conviction for making Islamophobic remarks directed at the island’s Hindu Tamil minority. She also attacked the Muslim holiday of Aid el-Kebir in a letter to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy in 2006.

James Clarke, a UK-based author and cinema historian who wrote the 2023 book “Being Bardot,” has explained why Bardot left the spotlight at the pinnacle of her career.

“There was some exhaustion there, not just from the pace of work, but just [being] the endless subject of a camera lens, whether it’s a still camera lens or a movie lens,” Clarke said in June to Fox News Digital.

“She got to the point where she was like, ‘I’ve sort of done it, and 20 years has been enough.'”

Bardot auctioned off around one-fifth of her personal possessions, including costly jewelry, paintings, and clothing, in 1987, raising $500,000.

“I gave my beauty and youth to men,” claimed Bardot at the time. “And now I am giving my wisdom and experience, the best of me, to animals.”

In a rare interview with Vogue Homme in 2012, she described feeling “crushed” by her famous position.

“No one can fathom how bad it was. It was a nightmare. “I couldn’t live like that any longer,” she told the publication.

“I left the movies when I was 38 because I’d had it up to this point, and I have no desire to return.”


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