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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Press Snippets: In Tarkan's Life

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

"Why Should Tarkan Leave Turkey?"

Milliyet's celebrity journalist Ali Eyüboğlu has criticised female pop singer Demet Akalın's husband on rumours of his own bisexuality in the press by making comments about Tarkan.

UPDATE: Pop husband dismisses claims of Tarkan talk >>

Eyüboğlu writes, "I haven't ever read or heard Tarkan say that he is 'bisexual'. But what can be said about [Akalın's husband] showing Tarkan as an example to defend himself? Isn't it rude to put Tarkan in a list of those that should leave Turkey [in shame] in a reminder of photographs with Tarkan and male friends at a beach, just to rid his own 'bisexual' image now being created by one photograph? Your private life is 'private', but Tarkan's is 'public property', is that it? At least don't repeat the wrong done to you and your friend!"

Some gossip reports had been published claiming Akalın's husband was playing away with a male lover, with a photograph showing him in the arms of another man, with Akalın's husband responding by saying he never goes on holiday without his wife, and that the photograph was taken by paparazzi as he was rocked into the arms of his male friend on board a boat.

"If that were the case Tarkan or others should leave the country," he said, indicating the Turkish megastar's photographs on a beach with a male friend, which had caused a stir in Turkey in 2001 to fuel the rumours of the singer's homosexuality.

In Other Reports

Milliyet has run an article where Professor Orhan Kural has harshly criticised Turkish diva Sezen Aksu for advertising cigarettes in the past, while also adding that artists like Tarkan had been photographed with cigarettes, too.

Tarkan had given an interview to Milliyet's award-winning youth supplement Gencim in 2008 where the Turkish megastar had revealed he used to smoke in his twenties, but realising it lowered the quality of life, he gave it up and advised students to do the same.

And while news reports write that Tarkan has decided to move from his home that had been raided by police last February, in paper Sabah, girl pop band Hepsi have said they would love to work with Tarkan.

"His aura is completely different, we love him," they are quoted a saying.

Elsewhere in Sabah, Tarkan's pop protégé Emir has again spoken of his "brotherly love" for female pop singer Gülşen, while another report writes that five Turkish radios via Twitter have complied their own list of summer hits, with Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") placed at number three.

Meanwhile, as Kibris newspaper writes that male singer Genco Ecer will be working with the director of Tarkan's 2008 "Dilli Düdük" video single for his latest video, a celebrity portal has quoted Turkish singer/songwriter Serdar Ortaç as saying of Tarkan's latest song, "It's good, it's playing everywhere, what else can I say?"

Moving on, Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar has congratulated Turkish Airlines for celebrating their 77th anniversary with a Turkish classical music singer.

"The 8th biggest airline in the world ... could have afforded to pay for Madonna ... or even Tarkan," he writes.

And finally, Turkish news portals are writing that Tarkan is scheduled to be performing at Çeşme's newly re-opened 9,5 Kale Disco this summer, made famous by Tarkan's ex-manager Ahmet San.

Back after seventeen years, the legendary venue is set to host stars such as the Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Shakira and Turkish megastar Tarkan this year.

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