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Turkish Magazine She, 
January 2000

Welcome, Tarkan

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Glad you’re back Tarkan

We know him from the news and from his careful answers to careless questions. He has been criticized most of the time for being out of the ordinary. He became labeled a bad boy for speaking the truth. He has looked into our eyes with affection and love but despite his outspokenness, like every person he couldn’t fully explain himself. We thought it would genuinely be nice to hear from those who spend a lot of time with Tarkan and know him well. So, here are the people that know Tarkan better than anybody...


Egemen Öncel – Assistant:  
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I have worked with Tarkan for the past seven years...Outside our professional relationship we also have a very good friendship. We spend a large part of the day together and there’ve been times we’ve lived in the same house.

Is Tarkan a difficult boss?
He is a hard boss but he doesn’t worry over nothing or have meaningless mood swings. If something’s bothering him and he has warned me of it, it means that something is definitely up. He is very disciplined and well organized.

If things go wrong and it’s your fault, how does he react? 
For one, he doesn’t scream or shout. He stays calm, but he’ll give you such a look that, you know, you’ll have wished he hit you! His looks tell me that I’m to blame and I try not to make the same mistake twice.

At his concerts and other events he tries to make sure everything is just right, doesn’t he? 
Yes. He is very particular and naturally expects everyone else to be. He is not one of those artists that only gives concerts for the money and sits back waiting for others to do the work. For many of his concerts he has spent money out of his own pocket to give his audience a better show. Before him, people would give concerts by laying out a stage on a football pitch.

What type of attraction is Tarkan considering for the year 2000? 
We are currently in dialogue with a couple of names in regard to this. We are consulting everyone. There is nothing set in stone as of yet, but Tarkan concerts will bring immense new changes.


Talat Ditaban – Bodyguard:  
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I have also been working with Tarkan for a long time, almost since I started this profession. During the time that Tarkan needed a bodyguard, he wanted someone who was well spoken, not coarse, and who was trained on security and defense. My friends recommended me.

Tarkan is one of the few artists to have a bodyguard and this was criticized at one point. Do you think he required a bodyguard? 
Yes, of course. When I first began this job I, too, didn’t know everything, but in time he grew and so did we, as a crew. Sometimes an infatuated girl can be more dangerous than anything else. His fans will run up to him in such a way, that even if they mean well they have the potential to do harm.

Does he admonish when his fans are treated with undue force? 
He worries a lot when a fan faints or hurts themselves, and he is constantly forewarning that his fans should be treated well but, to a lot of the places we go to, we are forced to work with different security crews. Sometimes they tend to act a bit rough.

Your job credentials require that you live with him. How is he at home? 
The home is very important to Tarkan. He has a very composed home life. He is not one to give wild parties or to live grandiosely.

Is he a fun person? What do you do for amusement? 
We watch movies and play cards. Because, as part of the crew, we’ve known each other for a long time, we share the same space very comfortably.

Is Tarkan moody in the morning or at other certain times? 
He gets a little moody when he’s hungry. So a lot of the time we make sure breakfast is ready before he wakes up.

When he has upset you how does he make amends? 
He knows how to get around people. He becomes so affable that you can’t be angry at him.
In time as Tarkan’s standards have risen, I guess so too must have your own. Yes. He is a very fair and generous person. When I wanted to purchase a house, or when I’ve had other problems, he has always been generous to me. And when I became a dad, he was the first person to visit, by coming to the hospital secretly. He concerns himself a lot with other people’s problems.

Is he sometimes moody? 
No, he isn’t moody. One day as a crew we went to a restaurant and I gave an order for my meat to be done rare. The waiter brought my meat over well done. I sent it back. This happened three times and I was just about to say something to the waiter, when Tarkan said to me: “Don’t have a go at him. Can’t you see he’s not here, who knows what sorts of problems are going through his head? Do you know what problems he must have financially and at home?”

In short how would you describe Tarkan? 
Disciplined, humanitarian and a charismatic man. In short, he is the sun and we are the worlds that revolve around him.

Bahar Korçan – His Fashion Designer:  
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And I have been working with Tarkan for almost seven years. As a result of his outlook on life and his different perspective on things, he is one of only two people with whom I can discuss anything including myself. I believe that he has a distinct aura that I can see in few other stars.

Finding each other was a piece of good luck for both of you, wasn’t it? 
Most definitely so. For a fashion designer renovation and creativity are very important. Tarkan is not only very creative and renovative, he is also unafraid of change.

He has said that he could wear anything designed by you. 
There is a great harmony between us. When I am preparing a costume for him, I do not ponder over it for days because when I close my eyes I can see him on stage in a different costume. I draw that

What do you talk about? 
Before Tarkan had began his European adventure, we would fantasize together. Things like, if you give a concert at the Olympia or other such places I’ll make you something like this, or that. He has great confidence. He is undaunted by anything negative. He has come to the point he has by working to a plan and a program and he knew before it happened that he would succeed in certain things.

Was there a time when you were in love with him? 
Of course it’s impossible not to admire him, but we’ve never really looked at each other as he’s a man and I’m a woman, but as friends.

How would you describe him in three words? 
Wild, confident, friend. I truly believe he will never lose his shine.


Zeki Doðulu – His Friend:  
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Tarkan taught me that every person needs to be loved. At a time when I had forgotten the meaning of the word, he taught me. Tarkan has a great love of people, animals and nature.

What makes him happy? 
Being with his friends makes him happy. A comfortable environment, to eat poðaça with the people he loves (showing the poðaça in front of him), or he to eat caviar at a posh restaurant.

Is he a person that gets upset a lot? 
He is emotional and gets upset like everyone else but he his definitely not one to bear a grudge.

What do you think is the secret to his success? 
His love for his work, his talent and his discipline. If you ask me, it is Tarkan’s German part of his upbringing that has given him this discipline. It’s a big thing to be brought up within such a discipline and culture.


Ýrem Tuncelli – A Fan:

A long time ago, for the first time, I hung a poster of a home grown pop star on my wall. At first it was only his eyes that captivated me, later on I became hooked to his music and his charisma. He brought renewal and movement to Turkey.

The article’s main contention is this: 
Tarkan is a very humanitarian and down to earth person. His charisma affects everyone. When people talk about him they become enthusiastic, their eyes shine. The secrets to Tarkan’s success may be listed like this: his talent. His discipline. His confidence. He is unafraid of change. He has worked with the same crew for years.

My view: 
It would give me great pleasure to interview Tarkan Tevetoðlu. Not because he is very handsome and very talented, but because I feel that he would have a lot to talk about.

Once again, a very special thank you to my very dear friend 

Ali Yıldırım
for his excellent translations! 


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