Lebanese singer and actress Haifa Wehbe came to prominence in the Arab
world as runner up in Miss Lebanon in the early 1990s. She went on to
gain success as a singer beginning with the release of her debut album
“Houwa El-Zaman” in 2002, which was a commercial hit. It
was followed with “Baddi Eesh” in 2005, “Habibi
Ana” in 2008 and “MJK” in 2012. She also had a
children's album called “Baby Haifa” (2010). Some of
popular singles released by Wehbe include “Akoul Ahwak,”
“Ya Hayat Albi,” “Baddi Eesh,”
“Ragab,” “Fakerni” and “Ghala
Ghala.” On the acting front, Wehbe has appeared on the
Pepsi-produced film “Sea of Stars” (2008) and the
high-grossing Egyptian drama film “Dokkan Shehata” (2009),
from which she won The “ART” Award. Wehbe was named one of
People Magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People in 2006. She won
Murex d'Or for Best Artist of the Year in 2005 and 2006, for Most
Popular Lebanese Singer in 2009 and for Best Singer Actress in 2010. In
2011, Wehbe's song “Yama Layaly” won the Murex d'Or Award
for Best Song.
At age 18, Wehbe married her cousin Nasr Fayyad and traveled with
him to Nigeria where he worked. While pregnant, she returned to Lebanon
and separated from Fayyad. Wehbe is a victim of parental alienation
because she is not permitted to make any contact with her daughter
Zainab Fayyad. In Lebanon, it is usual that the father gets
automatic full custody of the children. When she turned adult, Zainab
continues to refuse to have any contact with Wehbe.
In 2005, Wehbe was engaged to a Saudi businessman Tariq Al-Jaffali.
However, the couple split after only a few weeks due to personal
reasons and family issues.
On April 24, 2009, Wehbe married Egyptian businessman Ahmad Abu Husheim
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. In November 2012, Wehbe
and Abu Husheima had separated.
Miss South Lebanon
Childhood and Family:
Haifa Mohammed Wehbe, who would later be popular as Haifa Wehbe, was
born on March 10, 1976, in Mahrouna, Lebanon. Her father, Nadim Antar,
is a Lebanese, while her mother is an Egyptian from Al Mansoura, Sunni
When she was 16, Haifa won the title of Miss South Lebanon. She went on
to reach the second position at the Miss Lebanon beauty contest.
Haifa has been married twice. She and first husband Nasr Fayyad have
one daughter Zainab Fayyad. She married second husband
Ahmad Abu Husheim in 2009, but they later split in November 2012.
Haifa Wehbe began her career as a model in 1990s after her victory in
the beauty contests in Lebanon. By 1996, she had appeared on the covers
of more than one hundred magazines. She also gained notice for her
appearance in a music video clip for the famed Arabic singer, George
In 2002, Wehbe made her debut as a singer with the release of her first
studio album, “Houwa El-Zaman” (“It Is The
Time”). The album was a commercial success, thanks to the
popularity of her first single, “Akoul Ahwak” (aka.
“I Say I Love You”).
Wehbe's second studio album, “Baddi Eesh” (“I Want To
Live”), followed on February 22, 2005. It spawned seven hit
singles with “Ya Hayat Albi” (2005), “Baddi
Eesh” (2005), “Ragab” (2005), “Ana Haifa”
(2005), “Fakerni” (2006), “Ma Khadtesh Bali”
(2006) and “Teegi Ezzai” (2006). The album gained negative
reviews from music critics and sparked major controversy in the Arab
world because of its explicit sexual and provocative tone.
In 2006, Wehbe was featured on the reality television show “Al
Wadi” (“The Valley”), based on the French reality
show “La Ferme Célébrités,” alongside
other Arab celebrities. At the time, she performed hits from her second
The same year, Wehbe appeared on the Italian television channel Rai Uno
at Piazza Navona in Rome, making her the first Arab artist to do so. In
June 2006, she made a name for herself as the first Arab artist
to perform with rapper 50 Cent when she performed the opening act for
his first concert in Lebanon, at BIEL in Beirut. Still in 2006, Wehbe
became the spokesperson for Pepsi, and appeared with football
star Thierry Henry in Pepsi ads that were aired on Lebanese television
during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
On July 4, 2008, Wehbe launched the third studio album “Habibi
Ana.” It produced four singles: “Mosh Adra
Astna,” “Mat'olesh Lehad,” “Hasa Ma Bena”
and “Yaben el Halal.” Sales of her album struggled in the
Middle East because of her lack of promotion since she was focusing
more on her acting and film career at the time.
Wehbe made her acting debut in the Pepsi produced film “Sea of
Stars,” which was released in early 2008. Her co-stars in the
film included Carole Samaha, Ahmad el Sherif, Wael Kfoury, Brigitte
Yaghi and Ruwaida al-Mahrooqi. She also played the role of Beesa in the
high grossing drama film “Dokkan Shehata,” which was
released in Egypt on May 20, 2009.
In March 2010, Wehbe launched a children's album called “Baby
Haifa” via Rotana Records. In the following month, she was
featured on French DJ David Vendetta's album “Vendetta” on
the song “Yama Layali.”
The studio album “Malikat Jamal Kon” (“MJK”,
aka. Miss Universe”) was released on May 8, 2012 under Rotana.
The album reached No. 1 on iTunes Worldwide albums chart, making Wehbe
the first Lebanese artist to hold this position on the chart.
In 2013, Wehbe released a new single called “Ghala
Ghala,” which she dedicated for her new love, a Lebanese
businessman named Ahmad. The song reached the top position on the Arab
song chart for weeks.
Murex d'Or: Best Song, “Yama Layaly,” 2011
The “ART': “Dokkan Shehata,” 2010
Murex d'Or: Best Singer Actress, 2010
Murex d'Or: Most Popular Lebanese Singer, 2009
Murex d'Or: Best Artist of the Year, 2006
Murex d'Or: Best Artist of the Year, 2005
Oscar: “ninashnash,” “Baddi Eesh,” 2005
Best Young Female Arab singer in Egypt, 2004
Golden Lion: 2002