Carmen Suleiman to Dounia Batma: "I respect myself before I respect any of my colleagues and I do not imitate anyone"

Published January 29th, 2015 - 02:34 GMT

There's a feud between the Arab Idol ladies this week, as Season one winner Carmen Suleiman hit back at former fellow Moroccan contestant Dounia Batma for criticizing her for appearing in Saudi Arabian singer Mohammad Abdo's music video "Teeri Ma'ai" (Fly with Me)!

At the time, a feisty Dounia ridiculed the Egyptian singer by pointing out that she was only a "model" in Abdo's video, and not an artist for a duet.

"It gives me great honor to work with a renowned singer like Mohammad Abdo, but I refuse to appear in one of his videos as a model, for she (referring to Carmen) was merely a model in the video and it was not a duet."

Carmen, however, wasn't going to let this go, and said, "Dounia was one of my closest friends during Arab Idol and has a special place in my heart. I've already explained why I took part in that music video; I'm really proud of being a part of such an important video for such an important singer (Mohammad Abdo)," according to Al Jaras magazine.

Carmen continued, "My participation in the video was as a guest of honor and not a 'model' as many people assumed. I know what to say and am very careful in the way I word my statements, because I respect myself before I respect any of my colleagues, and I do not imitate anyone."

Will Dounia have anything else to say now?

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