When they first met, he was only 15 while she was a married 40-year old literature teacher.
Madame Macron isn't technically Macron, she preferred to stay with her own last name - Trogneux, and now Brigitte is the first lady of France.
"Love took everything in its path and led me to divorce".
In the months leading up to his official candidacy, the French public discovered Trogneux in a series of cover stories in the popular society magazine Paris Match, including, in August 2016, one of the couple on the beach, the petite blonde looking svelte and tanned in a one-piece bathing suit.
Brigitte inspired Emmanuel throughout his entire life and he even to turn her into his wife.
"I can't promise anything", she said, as recounted by Anne Fulda, a biographer.
It's understood the pair used to have long discussions together - and she would read his writing out to the class.
Her overworked honesty and her relaxed way of being transformed Brigitte into this icon. "She was totally captivated by his writing skills".
Macron has twice publicly dismissed suggestions that his relationship is a cover for homosexuality, including an allegation he is in a relationship with Radio France chief executive Mathieu Gallet.
"You can not get rid of me". "I will come back and I will marry you".
And he was only 17 then!
Mindful of the spectacular downfall of Francois Fillon, the conservative former presidential favourite, over allegations that he gave his wife a "fake job" as his parliamentary adviser, Macron has promised Trogneux a staff, a budget and responsibilities - but no salary, media reports said.
Brigitte cast her vote for her husband in Le Touquet on May 7.
A new book by journalist Anne Fulda, "Emmanuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man", says Macron's parents were initially dismayed by the relationship but in interviews with the author they emphasized that they did not lodge a complaint against her.
And Macrom has already made his intentions known with regards to formalizing the role of first lady.
And Trogneux proved to to be a campaign asset for Macron.
In 1993, in the Providence Jesuit college where she taught French and drama, the young Macron acted in a play under her supervision.
"I have to pay attention to everything, do the maximum to protect him", she told Paris Match.
Her "coaching" role, however, continues, this time around, not just as a teacher/wife but also as a pillar of support to her husband in leading one of the world's most developed countries.