Sarit Hadad, an Israeli icon, has come out as a lesbian in a newly released song, written by her partner Tamar Yahalomi and Yonatan Klieman.
Israeli pop star Sarit Hadad.-(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Singer Sarit Hadad has come out of the closet at age 43 and exposed her relationship with her partner of the past few years, Tamar Yahalomi in a song entitled “A Love Like Ours.” The song was written by Yahalomi and Yonatan Klieman.
“I have not been touched the way you touched me in years, what is inside cannot be explained even by a thousand songs, as soon as you came every moment with you beats everything in life,” sings Hadad in the newly released song.
Hadad, an Israeli icon, showed great musical promise from childhood but struggled against her restrictive parents who attempted to prevent her from perusing a career in music.
Now popular with the Israeli public, she enjoys a unique status as a ground-breaking performer of pop and Mizrahi music.
Hadad’s musical repertoire includes iconic songs such as “Lech Habaita Motti” (Go home, Motti), “Kmo Cinderella” (Like Cinderella), “Hagiga” (Celebration) and “Ba-chom Shel Tel Aviv” (In the Tel Aviv heat). Many of her songs carried romantic (heterosexual) tones, dealing with love, heartache, attraction and marriage, becoming party classics, but she never married and had her first child at 38.
Hadad didn’t disclose the father’s identity, raising rumors the baby was conceived from a sperm donation. Two years ago, Hadad gave birth to a second daughter.
The Mizrahi singer has collaborated with countless Israeli musicians including Shimon Buskila, Ehud Manor, Tzvika Pik, Subliminal, Ivri Lider and Eyal Golan. She mentored on the popular music show “The Voice” and won several awards for her 23 albums.
“You touched me, Sarit Hadad, you certainly touched me,” said Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz on Twitter.
“It is so important what you are saying to your girls and to everyone: anyone can be what they want, with who they want and how they want.
Hagay Hacohen contributed to the report.