She’s the childhood sweetheart who took him to the top.
Dance guru David Guetta continues to be the sound of 2018 with recent collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Anne-Marie.
But when the chart-topper announced his split from wife of 20 years Cathy in 2014 it shocked the music world.
For the pair had been inseparable and she was often cited as the creative mastermind behind his success.
Now for the first time party-queen Cathy is lifting the lid on life with the international DJ and producer, telling of her devastation at their divorce and how she found the courage to go it alone.
“I thought I would love him forever,” Cathy says, reflectively. “But I needed to find my own path and not focus solely on someone else.”
She’s sitting on a sun lounger at Bikini, her new beach club in Ibiza, which has been “the place to go” on the white isle this summer.
Her new night – GangStar – is also a roaring success. And once whether the billboards around the island proudly displayed sexy scantily-clad pictures of her alongside husband promoting their iconic night, F*** Me I’m Famous, now they show Cathy surrounded by girls in boxing gloves for GangStar, proving that she’s back and will hold no punches.
For holidaymakers to the island its clear the gloves are well and truly off and people are all chattering about her comeback.
The pair met as teenagers in France and together became one of the biggest musical powerhouses in the dance music world before David turned producer and began dominating the pop charts too.
His hits When Love Takes Over and Titanium are some of the biggest charted tunes around the globe and netted him a fortune of more than £70m.
Their break-up in 2014 shocked fans and within a year he was wrapped around 20-something model Jessica Ledon and Cathy, who’d always been by David’s side as the reported creative director of his career, was suddenly nowhere to be seen.
“We started with nothing and grew up together,” she explains.
Cathy was born in Senegal and her father was in the military. They moved to Toulouse, France when she was an infant.
“We had very little money,” she says. “At 17 I remember sneaking into a nightclub one Sunday afternoon and being over-awed. The music, the lighting, everyone dancing. It was the ultimate escape.”
She was 21 when she first met David, in a club.
“I’d moved to St Tropez and I was waitressing in a small piano-bar. After work I’d go to a big club and dance like crazy. A friend went to talk to some boys and told me that David was a little known DJ. The next night I saw him again and plucked up the courage to say hello. He was a student at university in Paris but he told me he wanted to stay in St Tropez. He ended up staying the whole summer.
“We moved fast, he had no job, no money. I worked for us both and when he left to go back to Paris I went too.”
David quit his course and together they scraped enough money to start their own club night.
She explains: “We wanted it to be a concept club, a proper show. It was ambitious.
“At first he was shy and all about the music, I helped him see it could be so much more than that. It was about the feeling. We worked hard.”
After years throwing the best parties in Paris, David’s career took off and they moved to the dance mecca Ibiza. F*** Me I’m Famous by Cathy and David Guetta became the biggest, most popular sold-out night on the island and world-famous in the process. David was in charge of the music, Cathy the concept, branding and creative.
David began to produce pop records too, becoming one of the most sought-after in the world.
“It wasn’t difficult to work together, we’d already grown up together.”
When the real success started the pair had two children, Tim Elvis Eric, now 13 and daughter Angie Guetta, now nine.
“We were always on the road, that’s a DJ’s life. You get the flights, do the party, leave.
“He became a pop star. I was happy for him and could see it was all a part of our success story. I came from nothing, he came from nothing. It was a fairytale.”
When David announced their divorce in 2014, Cathy was inconsolable.
“We were together 25 years, married 20 years. But David decided he wanted to change his life. I respect his decision. You need to be happy in life. It was very hard for me in the beginning.
“I had to stop my career at that point. My work and my personal life was to be with him. He was my prince. I felt like my life was destroyed; I thought my life was over. It was too hard to continue working with him. So I decided to step away from the club scene to recover my mind and to focus on taking care of my kids.
“I went to London and took some time out. It took time to accept my new life. But I do now. I began to see a new path.”
This year Cathy is back on the island with a new night, a new beach club, her magic spark returned.
“I’m showing what I can do.
“We have Gangstar on a Monday at Hi! nightclub which the owner approached me about at the end of last summer.
“A Monday in Ibiza is ambitious. I begged him for another day because I knew that would be the same day as David. But they wouldn’t budge. So it became my destiny. I didn’t want a big name DJ, I wanted people to come for the concept and to have fun.
“It’s new for Ibiza to have such a big hiphop night. It’s a big production show, there’s fire, a boxing ring in the middle of the dance floor and a bridge over to the stage. I’ve 50 girls all dancing and I am the host. I come out with my boxing gloves on. It’s all about female empowerment. The nightclub industry is 95% men at the top, the club owners, the DJs and producers. Why? I’m proof it doesn’t have to be.”
And David, she says, backs her 100%.
“David was incredibly supportive. He realised the scheduling was a coincidence. He plays at Ushuaia over the road and starts the party. Ushuaia being an open air club finishes earlier so he takes to the microphone at the end of his set and tells people to head across the street. He’s proud of me for doing this and for trying something new in Ibiza. Hip Hop is the no1 music in the world, can it work in the dance-capital of the world Ibiza? Some people told me I was crazy, but David said no, with you Cathy, this can work. I bring the glamour, the sexy, the show, it’s not just about the DJ. David sees that.”
Cathy is also the no1 event organiser for an array of A-listers.
“I have lots of celebrity friends who love the parties I organise,” she laughs.
And she’s learned to follow her own dreams.
“David and I will always be very close. But it took time to get there. You need to find your own serenity. Yes the divorce was a shock for me and for the kids. But we’re all in a good place now and I’ve learned now that whatever bad happens to you, you can still have a beautiful life. I’ve learned that you need to be happy in yourself, not for someone else
“Will I find love again? I’m not sure. But for now I’m busy and happy. And that’s all that matters.”
• The restaurant and beachclub, Bikini by Cathy Guetta is open now, visit bikinibycathyguetta.com