A few days after the uproar created by her statements about "asexual children", Helena Paparizou has retracted her statement.
The singer connected live with the show Kalitera Den Ginetai (It Doesn't Get Any Better) and clarified that she made a mistake in the translation. In more detail, Helena Paparizou said:
"It was a very nice interview, in which I was asked many things. I was talking too fast. I think in Swedish and translate them into Greek and many times I make the wrong translation. I haven't received the best comments and I also haven't bothered to respond myself through social media, I didn't think it was right. I went to an interview and was asked things. I thought too fast and made the wrong translation."
Her statement in full:
If I have upset anyone, I must apologise. I can do this because I am human. Children are not born sexless but are born not knowing their preference and what racial consciousness they have. It's all about DNA, environment, preferences.
I have to say, also, because I am a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, I only deal with children, I love them very much and I don't want to offend anyone. Let's not continue this conversation.
The bottom line is that we love each other. I didn't want to upset any child. You make me feel less bad, I've been very upset the last few days. I never look back, I look at what happens to me today. I stand today for this and strive to become a better person and artist.
Reactions to her statements
The singer said a few days ago that "All children are born sexless, I also had doubts about my sexuality." Her comments caused huge decisions on social media.
Others "trolled" her, calling her a "scientist" and others support her for her statement.
"Expert in biology?", "You should have doubts about your intelligence" and "Children are born INDEPENDENT," are just some of the negative comments received by the Sweden-born singer.
Here are some reactions:
The singer was a guest on Pride 98.6's "Pop Revolution" podcast, where she shared very personal moments from her life regarding depression and people's sexuality.
Initially, Paparizou said: "The first time I had depression, the specialist at school picked up on it. I had a religious reaction and didn't know where I belonged, what to believe. I continue to be close to the church, as is my whole family.
"Everyone carries his 'church' in the way they know how to have it inside him. When I was a child I was also a Buddhist. When I was 13, my whole world turned upside down. A psychologist started monitoring me then at school.
"I had a gay friend since I was little, we were 12-13 years old. He knew what it was. To me it's perfectly normal for someone to feel that way.
"Am I going to sit and judge why a person feels and is what they are? Of course not! All children are born sexless. A straight couple knows what they do when the doors close.
"My sister's best friend was engaged to a girl. I also had doubts at the age of 13 about my sexuality."
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Who is Helena Paparizou?
One of the most loved Greek singers, songwriters, and television personalities, Helena Paparizou was born on January 31, 1982.
From a young age, the Swedish-born performer’s artistic talents were apparent, as she attended singing, dancing, acting, piano, ballet, and Greek dancing classes.
This passion grew as the years went on, as she attended classes at the Art Performing School where she studied theatre, acting, television and directing.
Helena said that her parents had no musical background, and the only person in her family who sang was her paternal grandmother, who was her inspiration.
In 1999, Helena determined to fulfil her dreams of being an entertainer, joined her childhood friend Nikos Panagiotidis and formed the band ‘Antique’.
Their debut single “Opa Opa” became a hit in Sweden and Norway, eventually entering the top ten in both countries, making ‘Antique’ the first act to reach the Swedish top five with a Greek song. Not to mention the hit song also gained gold status following its release in August 1999.
Despite Antique’s continued success with lots more singles released, Helena decided to part ways in 2003 to pursue a solo career.
She signed with Sony and debuted her first single “Anapantites Klisis” in 2004.
In the same year she released her debut solo album ‘Protereotita’, which earned Helena her first Arion Award for Best Female Pop Singer in 2005.
In 2005, Helena was selected to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest, a show watched by billions across the world, held in Kiev, Ukraine.
Her hit “My Number One” was a crowd and fan favourite from the beginning, with her performance scoring 230 points and the maximum 12 points from ten nations.
Helena made history for Greece, taking out the number one spot in the Eurovision Contest and becoming the first Greek singer to win.
Her Eurovision victory transformed her from a relatively minor celebrity to a notable music act on an international level.
During her solo career, Helena has changed her musical style from laiko, to pop and rock-inspired styles, with her voice being described as “deep”, “sensual”, “dramatic” and “metallic”.
In 2010, Forbes listed Paparizou as the 21st most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece.
She has released so many hits we love to blast through the speakers like “Mambo”, "To Fili Tis Zois", "Baby it's Over", “Gigolo”, “Survivor”, “Game of Love”, “An Isouna Agapi”, “Fiesta”, “Haide” and "Se Xeno Soma", just to name a few.
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