هیفا وهبی (به عربی: هيفاء وهبي) (زاده ۱۰ مارس ۱۹۷۶) خواننده، مدل و بازیگر لبنانی است که در دنیای عرب با برگزیده شدن در مقام دوم «دختر شایسته لبنان» به شهرت رسید و پس از آن با انتشار آلبوم هو الزمن (وقتشه) خوانندگی را آغاز کرد.
هیفا وهبی از یک پدر لبنانی شیعه و مادر مصری، در یک شهر کوچک کشاورزی در جنوب لبنان زاده شد.
برادر او در جریان حمله اسرائیل به جنوب لبنان در ۱۹۸۲ کشته شده بود.
موفقیت بعدی هیفا در سال ۱۹۹۵ با دوم شدن او در مسابقات دختر شایسته کسب شد. اما پس از مدت کوتاهی مشخص شد که او ازدواج کرده و دختری به نام زینب (زازا) دارد، از این رو عنوان او بازپس گرفته شد و کار مدلی خود را ادامه داد.
تصویر او بر روی جلد بیش از ۱۰۰ مجله قرار گرفته است. در سال ۲۰۰۶ او در میان لیست ۵۰ تن از زیباترینهای مجلهٔ پیپل درآمد.
او نخستین آلبوم خود را به نام هوالزمان منتشر ساخت، آلبومی موفق به شکرانهٔ ترانهٔ تکی اقول اهواک (می گم دوست دارم) شد.
آلبوم دوم او بدی أعیش (می خوام زندگی کنم) در سال ۲۰۰۵ منتشر شد و به موفقیتی بالاتر از حد انتظار به دلیل تک آهنگ حیات قلبی رسید که پس از ترور سیاستمدار لبنانی رفیق حریری منتشر شد. آهنگی به همین نام درباره آزادی که از حقوق پایهٔ بشر بر شمرده شدهاست. آهنگ تکی بعدی او معروفترین آهنگ وی تا حال به انا هیفا (من هیفام) است که آهنگ نوظهور او گردید.
در سال ۲۰۰۶ نیز آهنگی به نام بوس الواوا را بیرون داد که آن هم فروش نسبتاً خوبی داشتهاست.
وی در میان جوانان لبنانی همچنان محبوب باقیمانده و در تلویزیون نیز بسیار ظاهر میشود.
هیفا وهبی در سال ۲۰۱۲ میلادی آلبوم ملکه الجمال و الکون را منتشر کرد این آلبوم پس از ۲۴ ساعت انتشار از بین ۲۰۰ آلبوم برتر رتبه ی ۳۶ را کسب کند
وهبی در مصاحبهای با خبرگزاری رویترز گفته است که سید حسن نصرالله رهبر حزبالله لبنان مدافع شرف و مرزهای لبنان میباشد. این در حالیست که شبکه المنار تلویزیون حزبالله لبنان هیچ خواننده زنی را نمایش نمیدهد. همچنین درپی درخواست هیفا وهبی برای دیدار با سید حسن نصرالله یک گروه به نام حماسنا از حزبالله لبنان خواست که هیفا وهبی را به عمل کردن به ارزشهای اسلامی تشویق کند.[نیازمند منبع]
لباسی که او در یک برنامه تلویزیونی پوشيده بود، در شبکه های اجتماعی جهان عرب و به خصوص در میان زنان واکنش های گسترده و تا حدی اعتراضی را برانگیخت.
Haifa Wehbe (Arabic: هيفا وهبي or هيفاء وهبي Lebanese pronunciation: [ˈhaifa ˈwehbe]) is a Lebanese singer and actress. She has released four studio albums and made her acting debut in the 2008 Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars. Wehbe is one of the most notable singers in the Arab World and is considered one of the most successful Lebanese singers. In 2006, she was on People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people list.
Wehbe was born in Mahrouna,[dead link] a small farming town in Lebanon. She was born to Lebanese father Nadim Antar and an Egyptian mother from Cairo, to a Muslim family. Wehbe won the title of Miss South Lebanon at the age of sixteen and was a runner-up at the Miss Lebanon competition.
2004–2007: Baddi Aech and television career
Wehbe released her second studio album Baddi Aech (Arabic: بدي عيش, English: "I Want to Live") in early 2005, which lived up to expectations due to the success of its lead single "Ya Hayat Albi." Released after the assassination of Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri, the title single of the album is about "freedom, considered to be among the most basic of human rights". Her follow-up single became her biggest hit to date, "Aana Haifa" (Arabic: أنا هيفاء, English: "I Am Haifa"), which became her novelty song. In 2006 she released a follow up single "Bus al-Wawa" (Arabic: بوس الواوا, English: "Kiss the booboo"), the song was later used in a Pepsi advertisement. The song was also voted Song of the Year in 2006 by Radio Scope and Sawt Al Musika.
2008–2009: Film career beginnings and Habibi Aana
On July 4, 2008, Wehbe released her third studio album Habibi Aana (Arabic: حبيبي أنا, English: "My Love") which contains 15 songs including the lead single "Moush Adra Estana". In the Middle East album sales struggled due to Haifa's lack of promotion as she was concentrating more on her acting and film career.
2010–2012: Babe Haifa, and Malikat Jamal Al Kawn
Wehbe was scheduled to work on the Egyptian movie Leilet El-Baby Doll, but canceled due to her overbooked schedule.
Wehbe was working on her fifth studio album, “Bukra Bafarjeek”. In September 2011 Al Bawaba reported that Wehbe was threatening to leave her label Rotana "for neglecting her and not paying any attention to her work".
"Malikat Jamal Al Kawn" (MJK; English: "Miss Universe") was released on May 8, 2012.
2013–present: Your Face Sounds Familiar and Breathing You In
During summer 2013, Haifa released her new song "Ghala Ghala".
In 2014, she signed with Tarik Freitekh's label and Wehbe shot her new song 'Farhana' on June 21, 2014 in Your Face Sounds Familiar 2014 (Arabic translation: شكلك مش غريب).
In August 2014, she announced that she will be releasing a new song titled "Breathing You In" along with a video clip featuring Casper Smart. A 34-second teaser of this video was released on YouTube. The video was released on April 14th, 2015. She became the first Lebanese artist to have a premiere on Vevo. The video has collected over six million views as of May 2015.
Some people[who?] claim that Wehbe suffers from parental alienation. In the 1990s, she married her cousin Nasr Fayyad when she was 18 and traveled with him to Nigeria where he worked. During her pregnancy, she returned to Lebanon and separated from Fayyad citing marital problems. She had a daughter whose name is Zeinab Fayyad who also, it is claimed, suffered from parental alienation until she became an adult and continued to refuse to have any contact with her mother, even after getting married to Shaaban Reda Fawaz and having a child. Wehbe's ex-husband and his mother have not allowed Wehbe any contact with Zainab. In some communities in Lebanon, the father gets automatic full custody of the children. Wehbe has had no contact with her daughter since Zainab was one or two years old. Haifa Wehbe has tried to deny that she has ever had a daughter, but that was rebutted during an infamous interview with Tony Khalifeh.
In 2005, Wehbe announced her engagement to a Saudi businessman Tariq Al-Jaffali. After only a few weeks, she and her fiancé decided to split for personal reasons and family issues.
On June 25, 2007, Wehbe survived an accident while filming a music video for the song "Hasa Ma Bena" in Lebanon. In the video, a single engine airplane was to chase Wehbe as she drove a car. However, the airplane inadvertently hit the car, taking off the front windshield of the convertible she was driving. Despite the severity of the accident, Wehbe suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
Wehbe married Egyptian businessman Abu Husheima on April 24, 2009 in Beirut. Among the guests at the wedding party were singer Anastacia, Kim Kardashian, Diddy, Googoosh, Samar Ibrahim, Nawal Al Zoghbi, Najwa Karam, Ragheb Alama, and Sherine.
It was announced that Wehbe and Abu Husheima had split in November 2012.
Criticism and controversy
Haifa is known for her enmity and rivalry with Lebanese singer Elissa. In 2009 Haifa compared the two singers to 'cars' by saying that Elissa is an 'old car' while she is a 'new' one. This statement was highly publicised and talked about in the media and press, causing anger among fans.
Allegations of racism
In 2009, lyrics in one of Wehbe song's Baba Fein (from her unreleased 2010 kids album) seemed to refer to Nubians as "monkeys". Exact translation: "Where is my teddy bear and the Nubian monkey?". Black Egyptians accused the artist of racism and singing a song that fueled racism and discrimination against them. In 2010 a lawsuit filed against Wehbe was dropped.
Another incident occurred after the 2009 Egypt–Algeria World Cup dispute, adding to the diplomatic tension between the two countries. Wehbe went on to make statements that she would not be performing in Algeria anytime soon, because Algerians "...wouldn't understand her music". Algerian officials and many Algerians responded to Wehbe's statements stating she would not be welcome in Algeria anyway. Algeria's cultural minister stated that Wehbe would be banned from performing in Algeria for insulting Algeria and the Algerian people regardless of whether she apologizes.
Wehbe went on to explain her initial comments to Lebanese host Tony Khalife, saying that she didn't mean to offend Algerians or Algeria as a country but was condemning the actions of a few Algerians during the match. She then added saying: "I couldn’t help it but cry when I saw the blood of an Egyptian woman on the stadium!".
During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, she left her home, in Verdun, Beirut and moved to Egypt for the duration of the conflict. In a concert in the Lebanese town of Jounieh, Wehbe congratulated Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for his stand against Israel during the war. In a further interview with Reuters, Wehbe stated that Israel attacked Lebanese civilians intentionally while Hezbollah attacked only military targets:
Wehbe also refused to perform at any concert during the 34 days of the war including fundraisers, saying that there were more ways than one to show support for Lebanon.
2007 Lebanon elections and concert in Beirut
Lebanese newspapers said scores went onstage when Haifa appeared, despite attempts by police to prevent them from reaching the pop star.
Some in the more conservative Arab countries deem her revealing outfits scandalous. One Bahraini member of parliament called her a sexual singer who spoke with her body, not her voice. Wehbe said she was aware of the efforts to ban her from performing at the concert but had chosen to ignore their attempts to silence her.
In April 2008, the Islamist-dominated parliament of Bahrain passed a motion urging the government to ban Haifa Wehbe's show in the country. As a result of the motion, Wehbe performed in Bahrain with more modest dress, wearing a long green gown with a low V-neckline during the performance.