her public image

On Debut I looked back on what had happened to me the 10 years before and on Post I look back on the last two years ; the period after Debut. Just to conclude that nothing’s really changed. Because that is the biggest misunder- standing there is about me : people think that my life has changed enormously since Debut’s success. But I’ve bee accostumed to attention and success all my life. On a small scale, true, but still : at eleven I was already a celebrity in my village of birth. Singing in the local pub, you know. I’m used to being watched, analysed and criticised. At an early age I learned to be a public figure and act like one. I then made the decision to do what I want for the rest of my life. After all, I’m the only one who knows what’s right for me. The drawback is : normal people can still just go to the hair- dresser to have their hair cut. If I do that, people will immediately say : ’Oh look, she’s changing her image !’, you know.

Oor, 6/95