Is Sherine Abdel Wahab having a nervous breakdown?

Published July 26th, 2012 - 07:20 GMT
Sherine Abdel Wahab
Sherine Abdel Wahab

Is Sherine heading for meltdown? Fans of the Egyptian star have taken to social media platforms to express concern for her after she broke down during a live talk show this week.

The singer had appeared on Al Hayat 2’s Ana wal Aasal, a show with Lebanese presenter Neshan Haroutounian. And while things started out fine during the hour-long episode (his show is broadcast live every night), it started to get uncomfortable for Sherine as he began to ask questions about her divorce. Earlier this month, it was announced that she had separated from her husband, Mohammad Mustafa.

Tearing up, the singer tried her best to maintain her composure, but then broke down after Haroutounian pressed her on whether or not she would be okay with her former husband marrying someone else.

“I just don’t want anything to harm my daughters,” she said. “I am scared that there will come a day when my or their father’s actions will disappoint them.”

Shocked by her reaction, Haroutounian tried to change the subject by asking about other female singers, but it was too late; Sherine threw her tissue at the presenter and walked off the set.

Fans took to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to speak out in defence of the star. Comments included: “Sherine, you are a star — stay strong for your daughters”, “Nishan — you had no right to push her that far, give Sherine a chance to get over this separation”, and “Sherine, we all hope you are okay”.

Thankfully, after much persuasion, the singer agreed to appear in Neshan’s show the following day to continue their conversation and to tell fans she was okay.

She said: “I am fine, and I would like to thank all my fans and all the great artists that asked about me. Also, Neshan, I would like to apologise for throwing my tissue at you.”

However, some have been critical of Sherine’s appearance, claiming it is all publicity ahead of her stint as a judge on the first season of The Voice Middle East, scheduled to launch this September. Others said it might have been thought up by Sherine and Haroutounian to attract more viewers to Al Hayat 2.

One comment on Al Hayat’s Facebook fan page read: “Convenient that Sherine walks out of the show and there’s the next episode waiting for her! Are you trying to convince me that Nishan [sic] rescheduled all his other guests for the remainder of Ramadan in order to bring her back in? It’s a live show; it doesn’t make sense.”

Here are some excerpts from the transcript of the interview:

On her childhood:

“We were a simple family, and we didn’t have much money. I always wanted to be eating ice-cream or fruit — I loved bananas as a child. I also used to be a tomboy. I’d always play with the boys in the street. I wasn’t a fan of making friends with girls.”

On her struggle with losing weight:

“I do not compare myself to anyone. Someone like Haifa [Wehbe] has a very nice figure, but before I got married, I had the best figure in the world. That was my opinion; it was something I was very proud of. After I fell pregnant, my body changed. I have become more feminine, but I didn’t like it when I was 70kg. I am happy now that I have lost weight, but I have curves.”

On her daughters:

“I am happy that I see happiness in my daughter’s eyes. Mariam and Hanna are the most important things to me right now. However, I would like to request that keeps my private life personal, because despite the fact I am an open book, I want to protect my daughters.”

On her separation:

“Who knows what will happen, but I know that Mohammad and I will always have a great deal of respect for each other. He was the love of my life.”

On friendship with other stars:

“Any of my friends would tell you that my secrets are kept in a glass bottle — you can see them. I say what I want to say and I am not scared or ashamed of it. I have friends in the entertainment world, and they know everything about me. My close friends are Asalah, Sameera Said, Gada Ragab, Angham, and Menna Shalaby, who is my best friend.”

On the Arab media:

“I have nothing against the media, and I have a great deal of respect for them. However, I am annoyed with two articles published by the Lebanese press following The Voice Middle East press conference in Beirut. One journalist should not bother writing, she should stay home. I guess she is obsessed with me, but I would like to tell her I only get with men.”

On Tamer Hosni:

“He was upset with me for something I had done, but me and Timo are friends again now. He is like my little brother — we started out together, and I’ll never forget the memories we have together.”

On politics:

“I am against what’s happening in Syria. No religion would agree that babies should die for the sake of a [leader’s] chair. I completely respect Fadl Shaker for speaking out against this.”

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