On Night 3 of Festivali i Këngës 61, she triumphantly rubbed her tummy and told Albania that she was six months pregnant. And moments afterwards, Albanian star Fifi cozied up with our Diego backstage in Tirana to explain that having a baby won’t interfere with her Eurovision dreams.
“I’m gonna give birth to my child on March, so it’s not gonna be a huge problem,” she says. “Plus my little baby is going to be a child from an artist and is, of course, gonna be raised really good.”
Her song “Stop” is a response to the bullying she endured from the media after fainting while a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother last year.
“It was hard for me because I fainted and everyone bullied me for that because they thought that I was acting and that was not true. I didn’t know back then, while I was inside, that that was happening.”
“After I fainted I thought that it would be better that I go out of this house. And then I left. And that was the best choice that I ever made. After I left I found the love of my life — maybe a couple of days after — and then my whole life changed. I started to be more positive and look at life from another angle.”
She isn’t here for criticism of the festival, or artists who think they’re above it.
“I think everybody should try once, FiK, because it’s a huge experience and I really enjoyed it,” she says. That’s despite enduring a very difficult opening night.
Thankfully, performing with an Albanian legend on Night 3 helped ease the pain — and paved the way for her to reveal her pregnancy to the nation.
“Even though on the first night I was sick with 38 C (100 F) temperature and I was, of course, pregnant and stuff and vomiting a lot — because my pregnancy was with vomiting — and I really wanted to keep quiet until there comes a day I’m gonna perform with Flori, as we did tonight, that I’m gonna say I am with child.”