Ragheb Alama to Asharq Al-Awsat: Coronavirus Gave Us a Break We Needed
Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama who is considered an icon for his wide audience did not hesitate to present himself as a role model in facing the new Coronavirus outbreak by following instructions and taking all necessary measures against it.
Taking part in the "Stay at Home" campaign, Alama is adhering to the essential hygiene practices that would protect him from the infection. He's no longer making family and friends' visits and stopped using all home-delivery services.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the Arab superstar said the coronavirus pandemic "has allowed us to spend more time with our children. Before the crisis, I used to see them from time to time, however, they had so many activities to do. Now they are obliged to stay indoors and we are trying to make the best out of this opportunity."
“I never imagined myself in the kitchen cooking a mushroom pasta plate all by myself. I have found pleasure in cooking as well as a way to entertain myself. This makes time fly," he added.
Alama said he accepts the ongoing circumstances with ultimate satisfaction.
"I am living the current situation with pleasure. I needed this break to rest," he added, stressing the importance of following all preventive measures.
Regarding his post-coronavirus plans in Lebanon, Alama said he will celebrate with the Lebanese people and organize a special evening during which he will perform to his audience for free so everybody can join.
Despaired of politicians, Alama called on artists and businessmen to provide help to the needy and the patients.
Known for his ability to spread positive vibes, Alama tries to distract himself as much as possible from coronavirus news by watching movies through e-platforms or CDs.
“I have always been passionate about watching movies and science-fiction series. I am now watching the thriller series "Homeland" which reflects some of what we are living today as evil took over the world. It highlights how world powers are full of greed."
Alama said he did not see his brothers ever since general mobilization was announced in Lebanon, however they compensate by making video calls.
“It is our duty to stay home and to be careful. We should see the full half of the cup instead of the empty half. I have always said that good health is life's treasure, as it provides the individual with comfort, tranquility, and joy."
"Unfortunately, rulers around the world and in Lebanon only care about material matters and harming people instead of ensuring a safe life for them."