Date of Birth:10 March 1976
Birth Name:Haifa Mohammed Wehbe
Haifa Wehbe is a Lebanese model, actress, and singer born to a Lebanese father and Egyptian mother who rose to fame in the Arab world as runner up for Miss Lebanon and later through the release of her debut album Houwa El-Zaman in 2002. She is known through her music for her sex appeal, provocative mannerisms and image. She has so far released four studio albums and made her acting debut in 2008 Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars. Wehbe is one of the most well-known female singers in the Arab World and is considered one of the most successful Lebanese singers.
Personal life:Wehbe is a Lebanese Muslim, and she has three sisters.Wehbe's brother died at the age of 24 during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.Wehbe's daughter has been living with her father since her parents divorce. In 2008 Wehbe's daughter was married in a private ceremony. As of 2010, Zeinab Zaza and her father are living in Kuwait.
In 2005, Wehbe announced her engagement to a Saudi businessman Tariq Al-Jaffali. After only a few weeks, she and her fiancé decided to split for personal reasons and family issues.
On June 25, 2007, Wehbe survived an accident while filming a music video for the song "Hasa Ma Bena" in Lebanon. In the video, a single engine airplane was to chase Wehbe as she drove a car. However, the airplane inadvertently hit the car, taking off the front windshield of the convertible she was driving.Despite the severity of the accident, Wehbe suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
Wehbe married Egyptian businessman Ahmad Abu Husheima on April 24, 2009 in Beirut.Among the guests at the wedding party were singer Anastacia,Googoosh, Kim Kardashian, Samar Ibrahim, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Najwa Karam, Ragheb Alama, Ahlam, and Sherine.
Houwa El-Zaman (2002–2003)In 2002, Wehbe released her first album, titled Houwa El-Zaman,which became a commercial success, in part thanks to the popularity of her first single "Agoul Ahwak"
Baddi Eish and Television Career (2004–2007)Wehbe released her second studio album Baddi Eesh in early 2005 and lived up to expectations due to the success of its lead single "Ya Hayat Albi." Released after the assassination of Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri, the title single of the album is about "freedom, considered to be among the most basic of human rights".Her follow-up single became her biggest hit to date, "Ana Haifa" which became her novelty song. In 2006 she released a follow up single "Bus al-Wawa" the song was later used in a Pepsi advertisement. The song was also voted Song of the Year in 2006 by Radio Scope and Sawt Al Musika.
In July 2005, Wehbe, along with 14 other celebrities from the Arab world, appeared on the live pan-Arab reality series Al-Wadi based on the French reality show La Ferme Célébrités. Wehbe's role featured songs from her then new album.
Wehbe was the first Arab artist appear on the Italian television channel Rai Uno at Piazza Navona in Rome, performing in front of celebrities and fashion designers. Haifa Wehbe has also performed with artists from outside the Arab world. On June 10, 2006, Wehbe became the first artist in the Arab world to perform with rapper 50 Cent when she performed the opening act for his first concert in Lebanon, at BIEL in Beirut.
In summer 2006 she was a spokesperson for Pepsi, and worked on Pepsi ads with football star Thierry Henry which were aired on Lebanese television during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Film Career Beginnings and Habibi Ana (2008–2009)Wehbe starred in the Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars released in early 2008, along with Carole Samaha, Ahmad el Sherif, Wael Kfoury, Brigitte Yaghi, and Ruwaida al-Mahrooqi.
On July 4, 2008, Wehbe released her third studio album Habibi Ana which contains 15 songs including the lead single "Mosh Adra Astana". In the Middle East album sales struggled due to Haifa's lack of promotion as she was concentrating more on her acting and film career.
In 2009 Wehbe starred in Dokkan Shehata, a high-grossing Egyptian drama film. The film was produced by Khaled Youssef. It was released in June 2009 and immediately became a huge success in the Middle East whilst gaining tremendous publicity.
- Houwa El-Zaman (2002)
- Baddi Eesh (2005)
- Habibi Ana (2008)
- Malikat Jamal Al Kawn (2012)
- Baby Haifa (2010)
- 2008: Sea of Stars
- "Agoul ahwak"
- "Ma Sar"
- "Ya 7ayat albi"
- "Bedi 3ich"
- "Ana Haifa"
- "Fakerni" (radio only single)
- "Ma Khadtesh Bali" (radio only single)
- "Leik el wawa"
- "Naughty" (radio single only)
- Tigi El Zay
- "Mosh Adras Astana"
- "Ma t2oulch el 7ad"
- "Hasa Ma Bena"
- "Yaben el Halal"
- "Baba Fein/Lama El Shams Trawa7
- "Enta Tany"
- "80 Million Ehsas"
- "Yama Layali"
- "Boukra Bafarjik"
- "Ya Majnoun"
- January 29- Amsterdam, Netherlands (TBA)
- November 18- Al Massa Hotel, Cairo
- November 17- Movempic Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
- July 31 – Movempic Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
- July 24 – Chouf, Lebanon
- July 22 – Batroun, Lebanon
- July 16–19 – Casablanca, Morocco
- July 4 – PRIVATE CONCERT, Monaco
- July 2 – Zahle Festival, Zahle, Lebanon
- May 8 – Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut
- March 13 – Houston, Texas
- Sea of Stars (produced by Pepsi) – released July, 2008
- Dokkan Shihata – June 2009
- Al Wadi (2005) – reality television show based on the French reality show La Ferme Célébrités.
- 2002: The "Golden Lion" Award in Egypt.
- 2004: Best Young Female Arab singer in Egypt.
- 2005: The Oscar for "ninashnash" for her song Baddi Eesh from her second album.
- 2005: The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best Artist of the Year".
- 2006: The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best Artist of the Year".
- 2009: The "Murex d'Or" award with title "Most Popular Lebanese Singer"
- 2010: The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best singer actress"
- 2010: The "ART" Award for her role in her first Egyptian Film "Dokkan Shehata"
- 2011: World's Most Desirable Woman List No. 49 Rank
- 2011: Most beautiful Arabian model cum actress list Ranked #2
- 2011: Murex d'Or best song award, for "Yama Layaly."
Criticism and controversy:
Elissa rivalryHaifa is known for her enmity and rivalry with Lebanese singer Elissa. In 2009 Haifa compared the two singers to 'cars' by saying that Elissa is an 'old car' while she is a 'new' one. This statement was highly publicised and talked about in the media and press, causing anger between fans.Elissa refused to reply and just stated carelessly: "When someone compares me to a car, is there anything left for me to say?". This enmity stopped when Nishan had Elissa live on his show and called Haifa. Both Elissa and Haifa were surprised, but assured people that there are no problems or issues between the two singers.
Further controversy started when Haifa claimed that Elissa's perfume, "Elle D'Elissa", was supposed to be hers, but Elissa didn't reply and said that the perfume is hers and only hers yet again, Haifa and Elissa announced the love and peace between them. During the Murex d'Or 2010, after Haifa had finished her performance and accepted her award, she said that Lebanon is a country of love and that all Lebanese people love and respect each other. And to prove to people that what she was saying was true, she said "There's no problem with Elissa, and this is the proof to all people," she shook hands with Elissa and congratulated her on her success.
Allegations of RacismIn 2009, lyrics in one of Wehbe song's Baba Fein (from her unreleased 2010 kids album) seemed to refer to Nubians as "monkeys". Exact translation: "Where is my teddy bear and the Nubian monkey?".Black Egyptians accused the artist of racism and singing a song that fueled racism and discrimination against them. In 2010 a lawsuit filed against Wehbe was dropped.
Another incident occurred after the 2009 Egypt–Algeria World Cup dispute, adding to the diplomatic tension between the two countries. Wehbe went on to make statements that she would not be performing in Algeria anytime soon, because Algerians "...wouldn't understand her music". Algerian officials and many Algerians responded to Wehbe's statements stating she would not be welcome in Algeria anyway.Algeria's cultural minister stated that Wehbe would be banned from performing in Algeria for insulting Algeria and the Algerian people regardless of whether she apologizes.
Wehbe went on to explain her initial comments to Lebanese host Tony Khalife, saying that she didn't mean to offend Algerians or Algeria as a country but was condemning the actions of a few Algerians during the match. She then added saying: "I couldn’t help it but cry when I saw the blood of an Egyptian woman on the stadium!".
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