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songs are love letters!
to sing about love. But how romantic is Shooting-Star Tarkan
really? Hit! met the sympathetic singer for an interview...
(Germany), July 1999
feeling do you have when you're in love?
I feel like a bird, like I'd have wings and I could fly anywhere.
And of course I have butterflies in my stomach. I only have to see
the woman of my dreams for one second, and I know she's the one.
In comparison with her, everything seems worthless and
unimportant. May seem sentimental, but I'm a very romantic and
What's romantic in your opinion?
Well, there's a thousands possibilities. But I always have one
clear thing in my mind. I imagine how I kneel for in the middle of
the street in the rain and sing her a song. That's the ultimate
idea of romance for me. But singing itself is also really
touching. That's a way to prove her that I love her.
The classical thing, giving flowers, is also okay. However, I
would never give a girl a giant bouquet of red roses. Small,
simple flowers can say so much more. I hope the woman of my choice
would like a bouquet of daisies, picked by me if possible. I also
believe the language of the eyes is very romantic. One look can
say so much more than a thousand words.
you love giving presents to the girl you love?
Yes, absolutely. I let the girl, her charm and her radiation
inspire me. Therefore, I never take the risk giving the same
present twice. My presents are always exclusive.
Which are other ways you like to spoil your
When I'm sure she doesn't take advantage of me, and if I'm really in
love with her, I'd do anything for her. I would worship her.
When a woman captures my heart, she's like a queen to me. I would
throw my kingdom at her feet. I would read her mind and give her
anything she'd want.
Did you ever write a poem or a letter to the
girl you loved?
Writing letters is not my strongest side. I'd rather write a
song. My song lyrics are love letters in a way, aren't they?
Writing a good song is much more real to me than writing a poem.
Each of my songs is a proof of love to my fans. For me, not only
my songs, but every great song is in a way a love letter.
you imagine dating a fan?
I have to admit I had a relationship with a fan once. But that was
a bad experience for me. I was only 19, and I had no idea what consequences
it could have to meet someone who worships you. We dated a few
times, and I believe she really liked me, not only the "showbiz-Tarkan".
But in the end I realized I was ruining her life. Her whole room
was covered with my posters. Her whole life was about me. I
got afraid of this responsibility and ended the relationship. But
it was already too late. She was totally hooked on my, she admired
me so much as the "showbiz-Tarkan", she couldn't think of
anything else. She quit school and later her job. Therefore
I have sworn never to have a relationship with a fan again.
would happen if you met a girl and she gave you her telephone
number. Will you call her?
Yeah, of course I will. But, what should I tell her? I would
probably try to be funny, like: "I fell in love with you telephone
number" or something like that. But I would probably be too
shy and would just say I would like to see her again and if she 'd want
to go out with me. But like a said: only if she's not a Tarkan-fan!
I used to be very shy. But nowadays I see people from another
point of view, and I'm more open. Girls should also be more
courageous, there would be much less misunderstanding. I would say
to all girls: have the nerve, take your chance, before it's too late!
the first thing you look at with a girl?
What kind of question is that? The eyes, of course. The eyes
are the mirror of the soul. I look into her eyes and I can read
What does the girl of your dreams look like?
I'm now 26, I've had my share of girlfriends and of course I've had my
experiences. It used to be very important how she looked.
But that's different now. Nowadays it's her radiation and energy
that's most important. I've been with quite a few good-looking
girls, but also with some that weren't that stunning.
you think you will ever get married?
I can't answer that one. I don't want to think about the
future. Always when I want to plan something in view of my
emotional life, something else happens. Now I try to enjoy the
moment, the here and now. I had one big love once. When she
moved to another country, we promised to wait for each other. And
then I came to the conclusion she's happily married. Therefore I
don't make any more plans.
And what about
That's something else. I would love to have at least four children
one day. Preferably a daughter first. But not the first few
My carrier comes first now.
Is there something you would never do?
Difficult question. I will probably never give up my career.
I worked too hard for it. And music is my big love.
Hit Magazine, July 1999.
Translated from German by Marleen