NING: I STILL MISS MY DAD

Singer Ning Baizura opens up about cop­ing with her fa­ther’s death. SYAHIRAH MOKHTAZAR chats with the songstress

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

THEY say noth­ing quite pre­pares you when los­ing a loved one, es­pe­cially a fam­ily mem­ber. For singer Ning Baizura, she is still over­whelmed by grief on the pass­ing of her fa­ther, Sheikh Hamzah Sheikh Mo­hamed, 86, due to old age, on the eve of Hari Raya Aidi­ladha.

“When you lose a loved one, you can never tell how long it will take for your emo­tions to heal.

“I miss him a lot; there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” she told the New Straits Times when met at the pre-judg­ing of Man­hunt In­ter­na­tional 2017 com­pe­ti­tion at Le Meri­dien Ho­tel in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

The 42-year-old artiste said she would find her­self re­count­ing the good mem­o­ries she had with her fa­ther.

“Life is too short and we need to value our loved ones while they are still around.

“Spend as much qual­ity time with them as you pos­si­bly can.”

Her fa­ther’s death has taught her to be more forth­com­ing when it comes to emo­tions.

“Some peo­ple may choose not to talk about their grief, but I find ex­press­ing my emo­tions to my fam­ily and friends helps me move for­ward.

“If any­one is go­ing through a griev­ing process, my advice is don’t bot­tle up any emo­tions. Talk to some­one be­cause it re­ally does make you feel bet­ter, ” said Ning, who is cur­rently work­ing on her new al­bum, which will be re­leased early next year in con­junc­tion with her 25th an­niver­sary in the mu­sic scene.

PIC BY MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

Ning Baizura says her fa­ther’s death has taught her to be more forth­com­ing with her emo­tions.

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