Rabat- After quitting “The Voice” France singing competition in February following online controversy, Mennel Ibtissem has released her first music video “Je Pars Mais je t’aime” (I’m leaving, but I love you).
The 22-year-old French singer’s track references her sudden departure from the singing competition after she received fierce online criticism for some of her social media posts dating back to 2016 when she was perceived as blaming France for terrorist attacks in Nice and Paris. “The government is the real terrorist,” she wrote then.
After Mennel left the competition, she posted an apology on Facebook in which she defended herself, saying that her posts were “taken out of context.”
On her first appearance during the blind audition of The Voice France on February 4, Mennel captivated the judges and the audience with her serene rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
The artist, the daughter of a Syrian-Turkish father and a Moroccan-Algerian mother, began the song in English before transitioning into Arabic, with the Hallelujah refrain replaced with “Ya Ilahi” (My God).
Ever since, Mennel has won thousands of followers on social media.