Lara responded to the interview in French, but someone translated it:
I'd like to respond to something that has been written on the Romanian Facebook page, where they translated Mr. Afanasieff's interview. I'd like to say a few words and in all humility and re-establish some truth.
I hold Walter in the highest respect, musically. I never stopped mentioning him. It is an honor to have worked with such a talent. It is true I have always said "Broken Vow" is my song, because it is based on my personal story with him. Here is the story of how we wrote Broken Vow . Maybe Walter will be humble enough to remember it.
The day we wrote that song, we got into Wally World Studios in San Francisco (his own studios) and sat at his beautiful Bosendorfer piano. As usual our night had been complicated and full of heart felt complex tortuturing conversations. That's mostly where I drew my inspiration from to write this record. I was totally convinced something was wrong, and when we sat at the piano I felt in my heart a great song was going to come out of that particular moment.
Before I wrote every bit of of the lyric, which sadly became prophettic, the harmonies in the melody were created. Walter is totally responsible for the foundation of that music, he wrote all the harmonies and most of the melody. We both sat at the piano that day and as he was unfolding the harmonies, we both created the notes. Yet the bridge is my responsibility. When Walther hit that part of the harmony at that very second out of my heart came the melody you hear in the bridge.
The truth is that when I asked to be quoted as a composer for that part of the song, he refused it and I did not have the power to make him go for what was right and fair to me at that time.
So yes, in time I specified to whoever asked me, that some of the song was not just his melody as he claimed, but also mine. Because I felt it was right to correct him and say the truth.
I wanted to respond to that interview even when I was not asked anything, because despite the pain which made me grow, I can say that thanks to this story I became a better songwriter, working with such a genius. Even through despair sometimes, the most extraordinary experiences happen in life.
I am sorry he felt our story destroyed his relationships with other female singers. Yet I think it does not depend on that. I guess I will have to write the rest in my biography. As for his quote about me wanting to sing like my peer Celine, it is so stupid... Indeed we are part of the same family of singers and mostly hold the same range. That being said, I never wanted to be anything but me and learn to become the best I could. Yet, as I said and repeated but let me say it again. She's been a great guide and inspiration along with Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Whitney Housotn, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. The rest is history.