Dato Sri Siti Nurhaliza also known as Malaysia’s sweetheart turns 40 today and to celebrate her special day, we are sharing her story again! Having debuted after winning a local singing competition, Bintang HMI, in 1995 at 16, Siti has gone on to sing and record songs in Javanese, English, Mandarin, Arabic, Urdu, and even Japanese – amassing up to 200 local and international awards. But if you were to ask her what her proudest moment has been in the past decades, it would be holding her daughter, Siti Aafiyah, in her arms.
Those in the know will be aware that she’d been trying to conceive since the beginning of her marriage, to the extent of going for hormone therapy – which made the public disclosure of her miscarriage, several years ago, even more heartbreaking. Still, with her yearning for motherhood outweighing inconsequential judgement from the archaic division of the public that still frowns upon such taboo matters, she underwent IVF treatments thrice before finally succeeding: “What is there to be ashamed about? I hope that by sharing my story, it inspires other women to never stop trying to conceive – it took me 11 years!”