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Today, Monday, is the birthday of Nightingale Abdel Halim Hafez, as he was born on June 21, 1929.
The irony is that this day also coincides with the anniversary of the departure of Cinderella Soad Hosni, as she left our world on June 21, 2001.
The link between the duo is not only a coincidence, and not only because they are among the most important stars of Arab art in the last century; Where the duo combines a lot, what is visible and what is hidden from us.
The beginning is artistic, and they were brought together by one movie, “The Girls and the Summer” in 1960, during which Cinderella presented the role of Halim’s sister, and not the role of the beloved presented by Zizi Al-Badrawi.
But was what was between them limited to artistic fellowship, or did the matter develop into love and marriage? This question has always been a mystery that preoccupies the public’s mind.
Samir Sabry’s opinion about the mystery of Halim and Souad’s marriage
The artist, Samir Sabry, answered this during his hosting of the “One of the People” program, on the “Al-Hayat” channel (January 2021), and said: “I cannot decide, because I did not see for myself the marriage document of Halim and Souad, but what I saw was that it was over 3 years Or more there was a love story so great and deep, and all the quarrels because of his awful jealousy for her, especially because of her playing kart.”
“Sabri” added: “Souad was going to play kart with her friends, and we suddenly found him at night, accompanying us in his black car to the house of one of her friends, to search for her car and ask the doorman about it.”
He continued, “I cannot be certain that they were married, but they had a very terrible love story,” noting that he learned that during their visit to Morocco, the duo recommended buying a bedroom for them, and it was based on the matter, the artist Youssef Wehbe, and that he himself heard a call A phone call in which Halim asks Wehbe to cancel the idea of buying the room, adding: “He said, cancel the request for the bedroom, Youssef Bey.. the matter is over.”
And “Sabri” indicated that their decision to move away resulted in him excluding her from starring in the movie “Sins” in 1962, and giving the role to the artist Nadia Lutfi, adding: “The role was for Soad Hosni, but before the film was the end of Halim and Souad’s relationship, and I don’t know why, but I think his horrible jealousy was because she played kart.”
Sabri concluded: “In the end, he was in a stormy love between them, but there are some people close to Abdel Halim who say that he has a marriage document .. And God knows best.”
Cinderella’s sister publishes her marriage certificate to Abdel Halim
Cinderella’s sister, Gangah Abdel Moneim, published her marriage document to Abdel Halim Hafez in September 2016, on the air, during an interview with the media, Wael El-Ibrashi, on the “Ten Evening” program on the “Dream” channel.
According to the document, the marriage took place on April 3, 1960, according to a customary contract and with the testimony of the great artist Youssef Wehbe and the journalist Wagdy Al-Hakim, and it was concluded by the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Imam Hassan Mamoun.
For his part, Abdel Halim’s nephew Muhammad Shabana denied the authenticity of the document published during a telephone interview in the same episode, and stressed that he had a recording of his uncle confirming that he did not marry Cinderella despite his love for her.
Mofeed Fawzy: Their marriage certificate is real
As for the journalist Mofeed Fawzy, he confirmed that the document is correct, adding in an intervention in the same episode: “I remember very well that the authorized request imagined with Abdel Halim, and I was standing with my grandfather Al-Hakim, I saw this with my own eyes, the document is real, and they loved each other very much.”
He added: “Abdul Halim was thinking that Souad Hosni was playing, but he was so in love with Soad Hosni that he would send his drivers in the center of the country to get him the numbers of the cars that are on an evening in the house of Mrs. Zahra El-Ala so that he knows who is with her, I changed him when I saw something like her, so love Nightingale Cinderella, and he would hold her accountable the next day, and she was upset when she neglected the name of those present.
He continued: “When a traveler remained and returned to the first house he went to with Souad, and she presented him with her scenarios, and he agreed, refused and participated in some of her choices, I lived this, Kamal Al-Taweel and Wajdi Al-Hakim.”
Tariq El-Shennawy: The document is not real
on the published document; Art critic Tariq Al-Shennawi confirmed that it is not real, and that the love stories immortalized in history do not include the love story of Abdel Halim and Soad Hosni.
“Al-Shinnawi” added, in statements to the “Sabahek Masri” program on “MBC Egypt 2” (June 2020), that what proves the invalidity of the marriage document is writing the name of the late journalist Wajdi Al-Hakim as one of the witnesses to the contract despite his constant denial before his death that Nightingale married Souad Hosni , pointing out that the contract was issued on the date of 1960 and inscribed with the name of Hassan Al-Mamoun, Sheikh of Al-Azhar.
The critic pointed out that Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltout was the sheikh of Al-Azhar during this period, not Hassan Al-Mamoun, pointing out that Soad Hosni’s love relationship with Abdel Halim Hafez, was not legendary, and did not lead to marriage as some promoted, after the love story between them began during Filming of the movie “Girls and Summer”.
Suheir Al-Babli: Halim never married
The artist, Suhair Al-Babli, also confirmed in an interview with Al-Ibrashi, saying: “Halim did not marry Souad, sincerely. Abdel Halim loves, uh, it is possible, he likes to a possible extent, but he is not married, Abdel Halim is not married, and this is a lie.”
The mystery of the marriage of Abdel Halim Hafez and Soad Hosni did not have a definitive answer to anyone for years, and apart from their personal relationship, Nightingale remains one of the most important voices of Egypt in its artistic history, and Cinderella remains one of the most important stars who excelled in Arab cinema.