Fátima Bernardes has just abandoned journalism for good. It’s a step she’s been rehearsing for ten years, when she decided to leave the Jornal Nacional bench to create the Meeting, but it comes true this Tuesday, the day she takes over the presentation of The Voice Brasil after the departure of Tiago Leifert. from Globe.
The program, if on the one hand allows her to accept the spotlight that has always been on her body, on the other hand it takes her away from the dense discussions that guided the construction of her public persona in recent years.
Ahead of Globo’s morning newspaper, Fátima did not shy away from any subject. It has gone from suicide to abortion, a practice she has said she is in favor of, and to drug legalization, which she also supports.
It is a fact that, in the reality show, which she will present alongside judges Gaby Amarantos, Iza, Lulu Santos and Michel Teló, there is no room for much conversation other than music, but Fátima promises to remain active in the public debate through her networks. social.
On the eve of the elections, the presenter, who has been dating the Pernambuco deputy Túlio Gadelha, from the PDT, since separating from William Bonner, broke her own protocol, raised her tone against President Jair Bolsonaro and declared her vote for Lula, in a video with more 1 million shares on Instagram.
But Fatima makes a warning. It is not because she declared her support for PT in the election that she intends to become an activist or political analyst. Now that she has reached the age of 60 and turned to entertainment, with more freedom to dress, investing in trends such as cropped tops that show her waist, she says she really wants to live life, spend more time with her children. and her boyfriend, show her plants and her walks on Instagram.
Folha – Why did you decide to leave the Meeting?
Fátima Bernardes – I am restless. It was more difficult and time-consuming to leave Jornal Nacional, because I couldn’t imagine myself outside of journalism. I created the Meeting in search of entertainment, but he had one foot in journalism. Now, I wanted to completely lose the comfort of journalism.
Folha – There was a lot of speculation that you wanted to leave Globo or retire. It is true?
Fátima Bernardes – It’s a lie. People are going to have to put up with me on television until I die, because I work at something I chose to work on, which is a privilege. I work in a place that allows me to change and transform myself. I never thought about leaving Globo.
Folha – How has the change impacted your routine?
Fátima Bernardes – I don’t need to wake up early and be at my best every day. I can have coffee at home, read the newspaper and only then start life. Having had cancer, understanding that life goes by too fast, having two children living abroad and my boyfriend moving between three cities made me accelerate this integral transition to entertainment.
I expressed this desire, and the invitation to The Voice fit like a glove. I still haven’t danced again, I don’t have the doctors up to date, but I already have a lot more availability.
Folha – At the meeting, you discussed dense topics, such as femicide and abortion, something that The Voice does not allow. Will you miss it?
Fátima Bernardes – This is now part of my social networks. For 35 years, I’ve interviewed mothers who have lost their children, children who have lost their parents. The Meeting was the space for me to talk about everything the newspaper is about, but in a more personal way. This space has not ceased to exist. He just migrated to the internet. And I get the refreshment of not having to deal with it every day, because these issues are there and need to be dealt with, but they generate great emotional exhaustion.
Folha – Have you ever avoided touching on a subject?
Fatima Bernardes – No. Just be careful. Suicide, for example, is taboo, but I’ve done several shows about it. If I feel the need to talk about something, I will. The question is not just what I say, but how I say it.
Folha — Not even when declaring a vote for Lula?
Fatima Bernardes – No. It was the moment. As I wasn’t on the air, it made it easier. Maybe if I had I wouldn’t have done it. Before, I couldn’t do that, because I was in front of Jornal Nacional. But I never felt the need to talk about it before either.
Leaf – Why did you feel it now?
Fátima Bernardes – Because of the aggression to the press and the valorization of false news. There was a lot of misinformation. Even though I was down, it scared me a lot. It wasn’t just about which candidate I was going to vote for. It was about helping people get informed.
But I don’t want you to expect that now I’m going to do political analysis and take a political stand every day. When I think I have something to add, when my heart dictates, I speak.
Folha – You made a series of videos explaining the electoral system. Did having a deputy boyfriend bring you closer to this agenda?
Fátima Bernardes – I had a follower who told me he was going to vote for Túlio, and Túlio is from Pernambuco, and the follower from Minas Gerais. I started to think about how I could explain this.
In the first video I made, I was in my bed, with bad hair, no makeup. I woke up wanting to say something, but I wasn’t determined that I was going to reveal my vote. On the way, as I recorded and saw the repercussion, I thought it was important to say.
Folha – You yourself have been a victim of fake news. They said you donated BRL 350,000 to Adélio Bispo, author of the stab wound against Jair Bolsonaro, and they used your son’s CPF to improperly receive Emergency Aid. Where do these attacks come from?
Fátima Bernardes – I prefer not to imagine it, but it is something orchestrated to devalue my profession as a journalist. Fake news ranges from saying I’m pregnant to saying that I finance thieves and I’m on the side of criminals to the detriment of the police.
Folha — How do you decide what to share and what to keep private?
Fátima Bernardes – What gives me pleasure and what can inspire people. Posting a photo of a walk is more interesting than a restaurant that most will not be able to attend. Regarding Túlio, I never wanted to hide it, but we were caught in a movie theater on our first date.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, the doctor knew, the nurse knew, the assistant knew. You can’t hide anything. I assume the burden of being a public person, but I give myself the right to choose when to speak.
Folha – The changes you have made in your career also seem to change the public’s perception of your aging. What was it like to reach 60?
Fátima Bernardes – Getting old is not easy. Nor democratic, because most people don’t have the same condition that I have to take care of myself. I have many possibilities, but I have a more natural look at aging. I do my botox, but nothing more aggressive, like plastic or fillers. I’m not against it, but I don’t feel the need. At least not for now.
But my age does not define me. I have different ages. There are days when I’m lighter and younger, and others when I’m down and older.