The former rapper gave two interviews, to Le Parisien and Brut, while the documentary which looks back on her story is presented in Cannes this Thursday.
A rare speech. Just before the presentation of the documentary Hello at the Cannes Film Festivalin which she tells herself, the former rapper Diam’s gave an interview to the Parisian and another to Brut, published this Thursday. She comes back to it in particular her conversion to Islam, her difficulties in living her success on stage or even on music.
“I really found peace”, assures the artist today who evokes in the documentary suicide attempts or even hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital.
Today very far from the musical scene, the one who became a mother lives in the United Arab Emirates. “Music news doesn’t interest me,” she says, confirming that she won’t be returning to this world despite spoken texts in the documentary, an excerpt of which aired for a trailer this week.
“For me, it’s not music, it’s a cappella texts that I recorded because I wanted to speak directly to people. And my producers made a musical dressing. But today, really , it is no longer my world”, she explains to the Parisian.
Diam’s, a “miracle”
Diam’s also looks back on his conversion to Islam. While images showing her wearing the veil had raised many questions several years ago, she assures us that prayer “does her good” and takes the opportunity to tell her relationship to religion.
“The veil is something you all see, but it’s a step in a journey, where there is also prayer, Ramadan… That I feed the orphan (with his association Big Up), that I pray, whether I fast or wear the veil, these are practices that allow me to get closer to God and to be closer to life,” she says. Diam’s assures that if she had not “opened the Koran one evening on a beach in Mauritius”, she would have “really fucked up”.
In the interview broadcast on Brut, she considers today to be a “miracle”. “Me, normally I’m dead,” she explains.
The burkini, a “non-subject”
Asked about the burkini, present in the news in recent days due to a measure taken by the town hall of Grenoble, the former artist kicks in touch: “For me, it’s a non-subject that comes back to make people forget full of stuff. At the time, I was really frontal on politics, today I wouldn’t be at all anymore. (…) I am far from that and I claim the right not to talk about it” .
Today, Diam’s lives above all on income from its albums. She also owns a foundation, Big Up, which helps an orphanage in Mali. His agency, Hegire, which was to organize pilgrimages to Mecca is “dormant” for the moment, but could return. The documentary will be released in theaters for two days on July 1 and 2, before it is broadcast on the BrutX platform.