By Meor Shariman
SINGER Farah Asyikin takes a coffee break and shares her thoughts on fame and controversy.
Q: You lead a very interesting life as a singer.
A: Yeah, ever since I jumped into the entertainment scene via Malaysian Idol (Season 2 in 2005), I was continuously hit by controversies, from the way I dressed to my marriage and divorce. I am tired of them.
Q: To some artistes, controversy helps their career.
A: I prefer a controversy-free career. I prefer people to talk about my talent rather than controversies. I don't want to be labelled as a "queen of controversies".
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I am taking a break. I need time to be on my own and plan my future as a singer. However, I will still appear for dinner shows and other private singing engagements because they are my source of income.
Q: How long will you be away and what will you be doing?
A: Maybe a year. I just want to do what I love best, that is composing songs. I have just set up a small studio at home to write songs. Some singers have already asked me to write songs for them.
Q: But won't it hurt your career?
A: When I got married, that same question was asked by the media. Fortunately, it did not affect my career. I will make a comeback probably with a new sound and a new image.
Q: What else will you be doing during your "hibernation"?
A: Pampering my cats and of course, pampering myself as well.