After seven years of absence from TV, Diam’s gave an interview to Seven to Eight this Sunday, June 26. On TF1, the former rapper made an important update on her choice to wear the veil.
It has been seven years since Diam’s last appeared on television. But this Sunday, June 26, the former rapper agreed to give an interview to Audrey Crespo-Mara in seven to eight, a few days before the release of his documentary, Salam. The opportunity for her to look back on her dark past, her suicide attempts, her time in a psychiatric hospital, her dazzling success and her discomfort. But also on her encounter with Islam, the religion to which she converted when she went on a trip to Mauritius. Veiled for many years, Mélanie Georgiades of her real name does not always understand why her choice was controversial at the time. “I travel a lot. In other countries of the world, it’s not central, when we talk about a Muslim woman we don’t just talk about her veil”she confided.
On TF1, Diam’s wanted to make an important point: “I am not just a veil. I am a woman. I am not just a veiled woman, I am a woman like all women”. The former rapper, who made “the choice to cover” soon after his conversion to Islam, finds “unfair that, sometimes, veiled women are asked to wear everything that happens in the world”. Aware that her choice may have surprised some, Diam’s is happy to have lived “in a family like [sienne]” in which the veil has never been a subject of “debate, conflict”. “At home, my mother never had a problem with it. My father never had a problem with it, remembered the friend of Vitaa in front of the cameras of TF1. It’s a non-subject with us.”
Diam’s: “The questioning, I can understand it”
Diam’s regretted that the looks or even the opinions changed about her from the moment she chose to wear the veil. “I understand that it calls out to my own mother, who saw her daughter cover up. The questioning, I can understand it. We can discuss, we can exchange, we can get to know each other… And all of a sudden , no, we can’t exchange, we can’t discuss”, she explained in Seven to Eight. If she is “sorry” for women “who suffer” of having to cover up, the former artist claims to know “thousands of women who are very comfortable with it”like her. “We, who have decided to wear it out of spiritual convictions, we do not experience things as some may think”she still struck with Audrey Crespo-Mara.