THE Helen Foureira along with Mary Synatsakis and Natassa Bofiliou are the first guests on his podcast Fipster on YouTube. The popular singer was mentioned in its origin and the reason she made the decision to hide it at the beginning of her career, because of the racism faced by those born in Albania at the time.
“When I was 20 years old and I came to Greece, I learned that it was bad to be from Albania, you get cursed somehow, but I didn’t understand why this happened. Growing up this became a thorn in my side, that every time I passed a group, I would look at them to see how they would react. I wish I hadn’t experienced racism so I wouldn’t have a thorn and say “Guys I’m from Albania”. Isn’t it super?
Unfortunately this could not be different at a time like this. It wouldn’t change that. It should have been otherwise but it wasn’t. I’m talking about Eleni, who was just starting her career at the time, what stress she had. What I have experienced has made me who I am now. Someone will come back and say to me “You who were ashamed…”, no I wasn’t ashamed. People are confused. He is afraid of the reaction and the outcry of the world. I wish it would change, I’m very well inside.
I will teach my child what he wants to do and be proud of it. I’ve experienced it and it’s a very strange feeling. Little Eleni didn’t have the guts to say it then,” confessed Eleni Foureira.
“Oh, my love, I went to a record company and when I closed the door, they said to me, ‘Come now, the Albanian wants to have a career,'” the singer said afterwards.
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