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'Girl from Ipanema' singer Gilberto suffers the bluesHis gentle voice in "Girl from Ipanema" still charms, but for Joao Gilberto, the sunny days of his bossa nova prime half a century ago have been replaced by financial ruin and family strife. Short on funds, sick and living in a borrowed house in Rio, Gilberto is caught up in a family feud in which two of his children accuse his latest ex-wife Claudia Faissol, a journalist 40 years his junior, of exploiting the elderly artist. Gilberto had to juggle that smooth style with his demons.Since April, Gilberto has been living alone in housing said to have been loaned by Paula Lavigne, wife of another Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso.
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