Haifa Wehbe knows how to grab your attention. Rohini Nagu has a tęte-ŕ-tęte with the region's most explosive siren about her allegedly impending engagement and newly launched album.
The region has been abuzz with news of Wehbe's so-called engagement to an unnamed businessman. With no more than a vague wedding date, the media and paparazzi have worked themselves into a frenzy trying to uncover the identity of the groom and wedding venue. On the contrary, Haifa says that she's not going anywhere.
Arabian Woman (AW): How old were you when you first got into show business?
Haifa Wehbe (HW): It was about four years ago, when I was 26 years old at the time.
AW: Name the biggest challenge you have faced to get to your current position?
HW: I never saw this as a challenge; hence I cannot name my greatest challenge. I didn't enter the show business in order to compete with any other artist. When I ventured into this industry, it was to experiment and see if I was able to sing and study how other people react to my songs, voice and stage performances. Fortunately, thanks to God, it has all worked out and most of the reactions that I have received over the year have been very encouraging and positive. What started out as a fun exercise has developed, thanks to the support of my fans, into a serious job and passion. With every album, performance and music video, I push myself to work harder and do my best so that I can always be number one in my fans' eyes.
AW: Lets go back to you childhood. What was it like?
HW: I grew up in the South of Lebanon in an area called Mahroune. My parents were very caring and supportive people and encouraged me to work hard and follow my dreams always. I have been very fortunate to have a very normal and well balanced childhood.
AW: What did you dream of becoming when you were a young girl?
HW: Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a model. In fact, once I was old enough, I did join a reputable modeling agency in Beirut and did very well for myself. Then when I got the opportunity to pursue a career in music, I jumped at the opportunity. Four years on, I think music was my true calling and my modeling helped me get to where I am today.
AW: How do you deal with gossip magazines and rumors about yourself?
HW: Early in my music career, gossip and scandals would aslways upset me. I spent a lot of my energy trying to understand why these magazines were spreading lies about me and what they were trying to achieve by doing this. Now everything has changed and I have my office and manager who takes care of all of these. If someone is offending me they immediately send the article to the lawyer in order to handle things legally and I have become so much stronger that I really don't care about all these. What I care about is my job only and what I have to offer to my fans.
AW: You recently joined a cancer campaign.
HW: Yes, I have. In Lebanon we have the highest percentage of women who have breast cancer. When La Roche-Hauffman talked to me about this campaign I immediately accepted because my job isn't only about singing but also about delivering messages and make women understand that this disease can't be ignored in any way. La Roche-Hauffman thought that by doing this awareness campaign with me we will deliver the message faster and will make people more curious to know about it and detect it if it exists. My life had never been touched by cancer, thanks God and I hope they will find a cure to all kind of cancers very soon.
AW: How are your wedding preparations coming along?
HW: I'm not getting married.
AW: So you do have a fiancé?
HW: Not at all! He doesn't exist. It's a rumor.
AW: Nonetheless, in your opinion, what are the ingredients for a successful marriage?
HW: I believe that a man and woman should truly and genuinely be in love with each other regardless of who they are and what they do. Most importantly, they must learn to respect each other's opinions, life's choices, pay attention to each other's needs and raise their children in a noble and nurturing way. The most common reason behind celebrity break-ups is having a jealous and over protective spouse.
AW: How do you feel about this? And how would you handle a spouse who is being jealousy or unsupportive of your success?
HW: I wouldn't marry him in the first place. I cannot live with a person who cannot put his trust in me, constantly questions my feeling towards him and interrogates me every time every time I return home from somewhere. Let's face it, a husband is not supposed to behave like a judge and treat his wife like she is an escaped convict. In today's day and age, such relationships are impractical and unethical. They will always lead to divorce.
AW: When can we expect the release of your new album?
HW: My new album comes out this month. Hope you will like it.
AW: Describe a typical day when you are working?
HW: My work days vary. Some days are spent doing photo shoots and interviews for magazines while other days are spent cooped up in the studio until late at night. However, one thing is for sure, I usually end up working long grueling hours. I'm a perfectionist and work hard to make sure that everything is always perfect.
AW: Describe a typical day when you are not working?
HW: Hmm, I would wake up at two in the afternoon, take a shower and start off with a hot cup of coffee. Then I'd like to spend the rest of the day browsing through my favorite magazines and relaxing in front of the television and finally topping it off with a satisfying shopping spree late in the afternoon.
AW: What are your hobbies?
HW: I enjoy working out and going to the gym three times a week. I love reading, traveling, shopping and watching comedy channels.
AW: If you could give an aspiring singer advice, what would it be?
HW: Don't imitate anyone, don't criticize anyone, stay down to earth and give the best you have.
Source: Arabian Woman