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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Press Snippets: Relating to Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportPaper Bugün has printed a fresh Tarkan rumour from the celebrity gossip mill that Tarkan has started seeing his ex-girlfriend, businesswoman and lawyer Bilge Öztürk.

The report claims that Tarkan spent several hours with Öztürk backstage at the Harbiye, and that she watched his performance from behind the scenes, and that they have resumed their relationship.

While celebrity gossip portal Ayaklı Gazete - from where the rumour originated - has published an update to the story.

Screencap of reportPrinting what they say is a press statement sent over by Tarkan's team in response to the story, the report writes the statement confirms that Öztürk and Tarkan did spend time backstage at the Harbiye together, but that this did not mean they had resumed their relationship.

"There is no question at all of a resume in relations ... Tarkan at this time is fully concentrated on his latest album and his concerts," the statement reads.

Moving on, a news portal writes that in response to whether he had listened to Tarkan's latest album, Turkish singer-songwriter Serdar Ortaç responded that they both have a track titled "İşim Olmaz" on their 2010 releases, an article by media portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin writes that Tarkan is this summer's favourite.

The article covers what there is to do in the coastal town of Çeşme, with the writer's observation of the place saying that it sounds like Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") is this year's summer hit in the town.

Screencap of reportElsewhere, celebrity portal Magazinci has two reports in relation to Tarkan.

While one report is about Demet Akalın's Harbiye show organised by HITT and the story that over 700 tickets were given away free, another report writes about Tarkan's upcoming show in Bodrum.

As previously reported, Tarkan will be giving a concert at the Gümbet Bianca Beach Club on 7 August. Tickets are £89 TL and the show is set to start at eleven at night, local Turkish time.

UPDATE: Bodrum Thousands See Tarkan >>

Having broken sales records with his latest album, the artist is gearing up for a spectacular show in Bodrum, the article says.

"In the beautiful atmosphere where dreams mix with reality ... provided by Bianca Beach ... Tarkan is going to put on a real big party in terms of music and performance. A lot of celebrities are expected to attend what will be a much talked about event."

Screencap of reportsMeanwhile, the reports of a celebrity libel case where Tarkan's name has been mentioned has made it out of the celebrity portal gossip columns into the press arena - notably the variety pages of Haberturk and Posta.

In a case where singer Özcan Deniz is suing ex-girlfriend Şebnem Schaeffer in court for publicly suggesting he was bisexual on Turkish TV, Schaeffer's defence lawyer has submitted as evidence to the court ten years of newspaper gossip of an alleged relationship Deniz had with Tarkan, the Haberturk report says - including one that claims there are pictures of Deniz and Tarkan together.

Posta has picked up on this in its report, questioning whether there is such photographic evidence of a close relationship between the two men.

The hearing will continue in December, both articles write.

Screencap of reportAnd finally, Nilgün Çolak in her column for Ayaklı Gazete has headlined it as "Tarkan Has Done it Again".

"It doesn't matter what any one says, to me he is a real star. To those who said he was finished, he has stubbornly shown he isn't over. Go on Tarkan, who can stop you now?" she writes.

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